kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Maskavas Street 12/1, Rīga, 1050 (LV)
A No-Man's Land, An Everyman's Land is Ieva Epnere's solo show that comprises cherished memories from her journey to this 'end of the world'. It is a souvenir of the desire for something unknown, the dictates of nature, and the circles of human psychology.
By sharing what she has experienced in the embrace of exile-solitude-mastery, whether personally or indirectly, learning from somebody else or from the historical experience, Epnere has created a new setting for this exhibition where views and data, obtained thanks to sometimes incredible coincidences, are on display. By revealing and floating, breaking and getting things to move a completely new situation is created where the human being she knows but does not individualize is the protagonist.
The exhibition space features two structures, similar in form to the tents the first arctic explorers used in their fieldwork in early 20th century. One of the structures is projective, protecting from exposure material that combines motion and fixed pictures. There four pyramidians share stories, both sentimental and humorous, about their desire to go "to the end of the world". The other symbolical tent is an inward-facing structure that leads the viewer into a space where a sequence of images has been captured through the eye of a static camera tracing a walking woman wearing a dress. This motion picture is a meditative move towards the horizon and is permeated with personal memories and experience of the artist behind the lens and her visible companion of this performance, thus conveying the story of the fascinating, the symbolic and the sad in the wordless silence. The end of the walk is its beginning – captured from behind the shoulder of the woman, a painted landscape of Pyramiden opens up, similar to the five frames stilled by presence in the first exhibition room.