Invisible Lives

In order to reveal to the general public the reality that people with functional impairments face on a daily basis, 15 photographers from Latvia, Serbia and Montenegro, in cooperation with the Latvian Society of the Blind, have created a unique, multimedia exhibition “Invisible Lives” in Cesis.

It will be available on the 2nd floor of the new Origo Shopping Center from 7 April. The photos included in the exhibition are complemented by specially prepared audio comments, while the venue has been chosen deliberately – the new Origo building has received the opinion of the Latvian Association for the Cooperation of People with Special Needs “Sustento” on accessibility of the environment for people with mobility, visual and hearing impairments. The exhibition is produced by the Rucka Art Foundation.

The multimedia exhibition “Invisible Lives” created by the Rucka Art Foundation tells about the visually impaired people living in Cēsis and their experiences. The community of the blind in Cēsis has existed for several decades, and once a well-maintained quarter with a factory, residential buildings and recreation areas was created in the city for the needs of the community.

The exhibition, whose works have been created by 15 photographers from Latvia, Serbia and Montenegro, reveals the everyday life of its representatives through the eye of the camera and allows them to approach their lives with documentary, metaphorical and poetic techniques. The exhibition is complemented by a soundtrack – the favorite sound recordings and excerpts from the interviews of the people seen in the photos.

“People with visual impairments are invisible in the most direct way of life. They do not always take place in the dark, as only part of the community is completely blind. Some visually impaired people live with varying degrees of visual impairment; Visual impairments are individual, as are people ‘s daily and colorful lives, and are invisible to the “visible” society, as they take place “out of sight” – in a narrow, closed environment, “says the curator of the exhibition Līga Lindenbauma.

The exhibition is open free of charge until June 5, 2022. It is accessible to people with visual, hearing and movement difficulties. The exhibition is part of the project “Invisible Lives” funded by the Creative Europe Program “Culture”, implemented by the Rucka Art Foundation in cooperation with the association “Kulturanova” (Serbia) and the association “Art365” (Montenegro).

The exhibition is co-financed by the Society Integration Fund and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, supported by the State Cultural Capital Fund from the funding of the target program “Culture / Breath”.

Izdādei darbus veidojuši fotogrāfi Boriss Abramovičs (Boris Abramović, RS), Elīne Buka (LV), Irēna Čučkoviča (Irena Čučković, RS), Aleksandra Drečuna (Aleksandra Drečun, ME), Paulis Jakušonoks (LV), Sāra Kecmana, Sara Kecman, RS ), Stefan Kosanović (Stefan Kosanović, RS), Monta Krūze (LV), Duško Miljaničs (Duško Miljanić, ME), Ana Mitrović (Ana Mitrović, ME), Darko Sretiks (Darko Sretic, RS), Eva Strazdiņa (LV), Nada Vojinović (Nada Vojinović, ME), Nicole Lee Zvaigzne (LV), Miloš Zvicers (Miloš Zvicer, ME), Izstādes kuratore – Līga Lindenbauma.