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Documentary Photographer
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I am a Toronto-born Latvian-Canadian photo-based artist. I hold a MFA with distinction in Documentary Media from Ryerson University and a BA with Honours in Visual Studies and French Language and Literature  from the University of Toronto. I was raised in the Latvian refugee community in Toronto, but lived in Latvia 2006-2010 in an effort to better understand this foreign place so intrinsic to my identity. Photography played a big role in this reconciliation.

Past exhibitions include Latvian Photographers in the Age of Unease (2018) at the LCCC as a part of Contact Photography Festival; Enchanted Forest Presence (2018) and New Works (2018) at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography; and No One Says Anything, Everyone Remembers Everything at Alliance Francaise (2016) Toronto and Ryerson Artspace (2015) as a Featured Exhibition of Contact Photography Festival. 

My work reveals everyday moments and feelings surrounding significant current events; most recently the historically and currently fraught border between Europe and Russia, and the traces left by past traumas of war and occupation layered under the conflicts and unease in the region today. My projects are long-term and immersive. I compile captured natural moments to create documentary work that explores social and political issues while maintaining painterly qualities with strong consideration of colour and composition.

I have participated in organizing cultural programs since 2005, when I worked as Festival Coordinator of the Latvian cultural season in France Etonnante Lettonie at the Embassy of Latvia in Paris. I am currently Head of Communications and Design at the Textile Museum of Canada. I am an active member of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, where I sit on the Membership and Facilities Committee. 




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