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  1. Emergence. 2015. Installation. HD video/ two digitised super8 film loops. Installation on a wall of Durbe Lutheran Church during music and arts festival Zemlika 2015, Durbe, Latvia


    In ancient times in Latvia October used to be called "Zemlikas month" – the month of our ancestor's souls. It is also known as the time of year when the world of the dead meets that of the living, when the nights becomes longer than days, when trees lose their leaves, when forests becomes quieter, the time of harvest and the contemplative, settled mind.

    In sacred geometry the rhombus is depicted as the area between two intersecting circles, which forms the Vesica Piscis. In ancient Greek tradition, astrology and early Christianity this symbolises the divine marriage or the two-fold essence of life, which represent male and female. In the East the Vesica was used as a symbol of the womb, and was joined to the cross by the Egyptians forming the handle of the Crux Ansata. In Latvian tradition the rhombus is a symbol of the unity of heaven and earth, connecting an up-facing triangle - Heaven (Male) and a downward faced triangle - Earth (Female) - elements also known as symbols of birth and death. 

    Installation was made from two scanned super8 films shaped in two triangles which was projected on the wall of Durbe Lutheran Church during the music and arts festival Zemlika 2015.


    Photo documenation by Aivars Ivbulis