FRENCH EX­PLOR­ERS IN WA

Cockburn Gazette - - ART -

ES­TO­NIAN, Lat­vian and Lithua­nian artists have come to­gether to host a new ex­hi­bi­tion at Moores Gallery, cel­e­brat­ing the 100-year in­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary of the three coun­tries.

The KOPA ex­hi­bi­tion was in­spired by the 25th Song and Dance Fes­ti­val in Riga.

Or­gan­iser Maris Raudzins said he recog­nised the im­por­tance of the 100-year an­niver­sary for the three coun­tries.

“The oc­cu­pa­tion of the Com­mu­nist regime has scat­tered the Baltic peo­ple through­out the world,” he said.“Latvia is hav­ing a five-year cel­e­bra­tion of that event, but I wanted to ex­pand it from be­ing just Lat­vian, to in­clude Es­to­nia and Lithua­nia as well.

“Af­ter all, all three coun­tries re­gained their in­de­pen­dence at the same time once the Soviet Union col­lapsed from within.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will in­clude life-size metal sculp­tures, paint­ings, in­stal­la­tions and 3D works.

Artist Robyn Varpins said she hoped oth­ers would recog­nise the shared sto­ries of the artists.

“It seems ap­pro­pri­ate, there­fore, that these artists, all with mi­grant back­grounds, have come to­gether to show their art,” she said.

“Mi­gra­tion af­fects our sense of place and iden­tity and, al­though some of the artists in this ex­hi­bi­tion may be sec­ond or third gen­er­a­tion, they are still con­nected to their an­ces­tors as well as this adopted home­land.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion ends Oc­to­ber 8 at Moores Gallery.

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