Evelīna Deičmane “Black Fairy Tales” Rīgas Galerija, Riga January 19 – March 3, 2012
The photo exhibition, “Black Fairy Tales”, by the Latvian artist Evelīna Deičmane, is currently on display at Rīgas Galerija, until March 3. Deičmane created the project in cooperation with the up-and-coming French artist, Théo Mercier (1984), whom she met in 2007, in Berlin. The project was exhibited, to much acclaim, at the FIAC international art fair in Paris this last October.
“Fairy Tales about Human Behavior”, from the “Black Fairy Tales” series
“These fairy tales are about human behavior brought about by wonders, mysteries or secret events that can only take place in a private, personal space. In these stories, the person changes into an animal, while the surrounding space becomes a forest. A forest consisting of furniture, rugs and earth, chairs and tree stumps, a radio and branches,” says Evelīna Deičmane. Inese Riņķe, curator and director of Rīgas Galerija, emphasizes that the images are not assembled or tweaked on a computer – all credit must be given to pure technical prowess. The exhibition ascertains the artist's ability to balance her work on the sharp knife's edge that lies between reality and the absurd, sorrow and joy, and drama and humor.
Evelīna Deičmane has participated in art biennials in Sidney (2006), Moscow (2007) and Cairo (2010), and represented Latvia at the 53rd Venice Biennale with her multimedia project, “Passing Sorrow” (2009).