- 13/09/2020
From July 10 till September 13*, art space Civita Nova will host an exhibition documenting art and process by painter and stage designer Kristīne Abika and photographer Māris Ločmelis, Brazilwood. 

*The exhibition will not be available for public on August 21st. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Introducing the exhibition, creative producer Voldemārs Dudums sheds light on the journey of brazilwood to Liepāja: “The story began over 120 years ago, when, in an autumn storm of 1884, the French sailing ship Le Tage crashed into stones near Ulmale. It was on its way from Haiti to Liepāja, and it was loaded with Brazilian redwood, intended for the palace of the Russian tsar. Instead of reaching its destination, the iron-like wood sank to the bottom of the Baltic sea, where it is patiently turning to this day. Inspired by the red “blood” of brazilwood, artist Kristīne Abika decided to find a way to animate the colors hidden within the brazilwood on canvas, and photographer Māris Ločmelis captured the short moments when the wooden chips tinted water, turning it a deep red, and the blood of the brazilwood had not yet cooled.”

This is the first part of the Brazilwood story. The part where the brazilwood cargo arrives in Liepāja, 120 years late, and takes its color at the Great Amber. Nobody knows how many logs of brazilwood are still waiting to emerge ashore, but it is clear that the red wood will inspire many more, and the story will continue.

The authors define the art forms exhibited as the documentation of art and process.

The art exhibition Brazilwood: Part One can be viewed from July 10 to September 13, 2020. The free admission exhibition can be visited during the working hours of the concert hall: Tue–Fri 12–5 p.m. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., closed on Mondays. 

Supported by: Liepāja City Council and State Culture Capital Foundation