Photo: Ivars Ķezbers
Multimedia exposition ‘THE BREA(D)THS OF RAINIS. Expanse. Depth. Infinity’, opened in March, this year, in Jūrmala City Museum, will be presented in the official Latvian stand of Frankfurt Book Fair, highlighting the year of Rainis and Aspazija’s 150th jubilee internationally.
The art work titled ‘THE BREA(D)THS OF RAINIS. Expanse. Depth. Infinity’ resulted from artistic efforts by author and head of the project Ivars Mailītis, the author of the concept of Rainis and Aspazija’s summer residence Matīss Mailītis, as well as the director of this venue and project advisor Astrīda Cīrule. Interpretations of Rainis’ poems (translated by Ieva Lešinska, read by Jade Will) feature as element of artistic space opened for viewing in Frankfurt.
‘This space is a mode of touching of words, thoughts, and ideas. This space invites to find the horizons of creative inspiration. This space is everyone’s dialogue with himself in the boundless sea of incessant motion,’ is how artist Ivars Mailītis describes this project.
‘Rainis often walked to the beach to encounter expanse, depth, and the endless motion; from his tiny roof on the top of their summer house, like a dark chamber, from his tensions and his repose, he went out to the sea side, and back… Rainis’s space is the metaphor of this path and invites you to encounter Rainis as well as yourself,’ the artists explains the idea of this multi-media exposition.
The Frankfurt Book Fair will take place on October 14-18 this year. The organizers of the official stand of Latvia in this international show is the Latvia Agency of Investment and Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Latvia, the national Book Publishers’ Association, the Centre of Latvian Literature, Latvia Association of Graphic Arts Enterprises, and Latvian Guild of Biblioproduction.
In FBF, official stand of Latvia unities 18 entrepreneurs and societies. Like before, this year the theme of the national stand is ‘Latvian Diamonds’, aiming to inspire perception of literary works as precious stones, which are yet to be discovered by majority of the readership.
The guests of Latvia’s stand will see Latvian authors’ works translated in foreign languages particularly underlined, as well as books awarded as winners of the book design competition ‘Golden Apple Tree 2014,’ the works produced by the laureates of Latvian Literary Award 2014, as well as literary works for children which received Jānis Baltvilks International Award. The opening of FBF national stand will be attended by the Ambassador of Latvia in Germany Elita Kuzma.
During the Frankfurt Book Fair, meeting of the work group of the Baltic States with representatives of London Book Fair will be held in order to plan participation of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia in London Book Fair in the status of guests in 2018. In turn, on October 17, and event organized by the International Library of Youth ‘The Soviet Past in Children’s Literature of Baltic States’ will be held, where the participants will discuss the contemporary tendencies of reflection of past events in the children’s literature of the Baltic States. One of the guests of this event will be literary scholar and critic, editor of internet magazine satori.lv Dace Bargā.