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Monika. Museum of People in the performance "Ice". Gladbeck. 2005

Mareunrol's Dress Up Dolls

The brand Mareunrol's was created in 2002 by fashion designers Mārīte Mastiņa (1982) and Rolands Pēterkops (1982). Both artists graduated from the Fashion Design Department at the Latvian Academy of Art, as well as the Fashion Design Department at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Mareunrol's have participated in many international festivals and exhibits: the fashion show Rooms 20 in Tokyo, the Arnhem Mode Biennale in Antwerp, and 080 Barcelona Fashion. Yet their greatest achievement was winning the grand prize at the Hyères 2009 International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères, France. They have created costumes for productions at several Latvian theaters. Their latest work is the costume design for a production of Eugene Onegin at the Latvian National Opera, for which Mareunrol’s received the L’Officiel special prize at the Latvian Fashion and Style Awards.

Mareunrol's find it very important to create their collections spatially—together with special scenography, video, and installations. These not only help show the collection’s story and idea, but also reflect fashion in the broader context of new media. Therefore the artists are proud of the opportunity to participate in the Prague Quadrennial—to prove that fashion isn’t just show business. Mareunrol's wish to tell us about evident things, which we often don’t notice due to their obviousness. “Our task is to catch sight of the simple and to create a story from that with an easy feeling.”

At the Prague Quadrennial, Mareunrol's will offer a work about tenants. The idea for the work is rooted in the artists’ experience: after moving many times from one apartment to another, Mare and Rolis (as their friends call them) have thought about the time that is necessary to grow accustomed to a new environment, about the various atmospheres they have experienced, and whether or not this affects your personality, or vice versa. The works is a ten-minute performance with sound, light, and miniatures—dolls dressed in Mareunrol's costumes—in collaboration with the Latvian artists Kaspars Groševs (sound) and Krišjānis Strazdītis (lights). Every scene in the work is set up in such a way that the story could begin or end at any moment.

The doll characters—the tenants of various apartments—spend a certain amount of time at the house, noticing over time their own idiosyncrasies and those of the house. The artists’ desire is to make the viewer think, with the hope that, upon leaving, he will have gained something new.