ELINA RUKA // Domesticities


Domesticities is a portrait of my family and a means to better understanding such terms as home and belonging, my roots and identity as well. It is at the same time a story of Latvia - its distinction, characteristics, traditions and details that are specific to a country.

I visualize Latvia after two decades of independence from Soviet Union through personal perspective; it is possibly romanticized however true, with the influence of my memories, experience and questions.

Domesticities initially began with longing for home while I was studying in France. Every time I went back home, I was eager to record my family and the surroundings in order not to let the imagination to take over my memory. With time, the interest grew into developing this series into more comprehensive body of work, revealing not only documentation but also representation.