Rītdiena

ON THE EDGE
(from Foto8 Magazine – Issue n.27 / April 2010)

At this stage in my life, maybe because of my age – and nationality – I often try to understand what the future might hold, and I find myself talking with contemporaries about the difficulties facing our generation. So when I heard about the serious economic crisis in the Baltic countries I immediately thought that it would be very interesting to see how young people were facing the situation over there. In Latvia the changes have happened really quickly, and I wanted to know how, or if, the crisis had modified people’s outlooks and hopes for the future.

The point is that, at first glance, this entire situation is almost invisible – in Riga the crisis is hidden from the eyes of a visiting foreigner. So I was forced to try to understand what has changed recently apart from the economic data. This is why my project doesn’t focus so much on the crisis, but more on moods and feelings. The economy is just the context in which I attempted to know and represent people. During my time in Latvia last November I talked with a lot of students, workers, and young parents, people from villages and from the big cities – I wasn’t after stories about the troubles; I was looking instead for typical youngsters with regular daily lives.

The final outcome is a work which tries to describe the sensations of that generation. They’re living very confusedly, without being the reason for the crisis nor feeling they have the solution to it. Most of them – not all, I have to say – are just waiting. It is as if they are in a bubble, a kind of limbo which is very difficult to escape from, not least because of their patriotism and their attachment to their country. The pictures want to tell the story of this waiting.