Works of na­tional artists re­ceive wide ac­claim in Italy

Azer News - - Culture & Lifestyle - By La­man Is­may­ilova

The ex­po­si­tion of the Lat­vian artist Dace Štrausa is ded­i­cated to the 100th an­niver­sary of the Azer­bai­jan Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic, Az­ertag re­ported. Its main pur­pose is to prop­a­gate Karabakh and Karabakh horses, one of the na­tional sym­bols, per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of free­dom and no­bil­ity.

The ex­po­si­tion of the artist liv­ing in Fin­land has been demon­strated in many coun­tries around the world. In May, Lat­vian artist suc­cess­fully pre­sented her works in Baku.

Fin­nish cit­i­zens, mem­bers of Azer­bai­jani di­as­pora and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of dif­fer­ent coun­tries at­tended the open­ing cer­e­mony.

In her speech, Dace Štrausa stressed that the ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases Karabakh as an in­te­gral part of Azer­bai­jan.

The Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Congress of Eu­ro­pean Azer­bai­ja­nis, Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Fin­land-Azer­bai­jan As­so­ci­a­tion (FAA) Arzu Ok­tay thanked Dace Štrausa for these paint­ings and gave de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about the Karabakh re­al­i­ties and Karabakh horses.

The event fea­tured Azer­bai­jani mu­sic and na­tional cos­tumes.

The paint­ings cre­ated by the Lat­vian artist are en­dowed with a rich range of feel­ings and emo­tions, which in re­al­ity can ex­pe­ri­ence these strong and in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful an­i­mals.

For the past two years, Dace Štrausa has been liv­ing in Azer­bai­jan. Shortly after her ar­rival, thanks to her gen­uine in­ter­est and deep love for horses, she es­tab­lished con­tacts with many horse own­ers, pay­ing spe­cial at­ten­tion to the Karabakh horses.

More­over, through her paint­ings Dace Štrausa seems to re­turn to her first pro­fes­sion.

In 1981, she grad­u­ated from the Moscow Timiryazev Agri­cul­tural Academy, hav­ing re­ceived a spe­cialty of zootech­nics. But after a while, from 1988 to 1991, she re­ceived an art ed­u­ca­tion at the prepara­tory de­part­ment of the Lat­vian Academy of Arts. And in 2005 she be­came a stu­dent of cour­ses in a photo school in Riga. As the artist her­self ad­mits, she re­al­ized that she needed ad­di­tional ed­u­ca­tion to be able to mas­ter all the nec­es­sary ap­pa­ra­tus of ex­pres­sive­ness, faith­fully re­pro­duc­ing the im­ages of her fa­vorite horses on can­vas.

The re­fined beauty, strength, spe­cial grace of the Karabakh horses de­lighted artists, writ­ers and po­ets, who re­flected in their works the unique­ness of this horse breed. One of the nu­mer­ous pub­li­ca­tions on the Karabakh horses noted that "un­til the end of the 19th cen­tury the Karabakh horses were the beauty and pride of the Cau­ca­sus, wor­thy not only of the princely, but also of the royal sad­dle."

In the Mid­dle Ages this breed be­longed only to the Karabakh khans, and the main place for breed­ing pure­bred horses was the Khan plant.

Chovqan is a tra­di­tional horserid­ing game played on a flat, grassy field by two com­pet­ing teams of play­ers mounted on the Karabakh horses. In 2013, UNESCO de­cided to in­clude the game of "chovqan" on its In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Her­itage List.

It was an un­prece­dented case, when the role of the an­i­mal in pre­serv­ing the her­itage of mankind was rec­og­nized at the in­ter­na­tional level.

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