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  1. Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country
    2015 - 2018

    'Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country' (2015-2018) is a multi-layered photographic narrative in a form of a photobook with cross-references like hyperlinks to additionally inserted stories connected to the subjects and landscape. The book is about the village where my Armenian-Greek father once had a dream to build a house for our family, but unfortunately couldn’t finish it as he passed away when I was only 6 months young.

    The project explores the sea, the land and memories, how the time affects and changes our sense of a place at the same time serving a nostalgic representation of the village in Latvia - Kaltene and its recent history from World War II until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 via interviews, notes and archival imagery. As the Iron curtain fell, the local economy changed and upon joining the EU in 2004, it changed again. These historical shifts made a huge impact on the society and its dreams, many of which the younger generations have abandoned.

    The place is located between the forest and the sea about 100 km northwest of the capital Riga. In the latter half of the 19th century and early 20th century it was the second most productive village in the country as 55 seagoing sailing ships were built there.

    “Landscapes – actual, remembered or idealized – feed our sense of belonging to whatever place, region or nation that we view as homeland”

    Liz Wells

  2. Photobook /
    Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country
    2015 - 2018

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    Second limited edition of 750, first printing

    Available:

    Milda Books Online Bookstore

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    230 x 280 mm
    Silk-screen printed hardback clothbound with blind letterpress
    174 pages / including foldout pages
    128 photographs / including archives
    Memory Book / 44 pages
    Newspaper / 24 pages

    Published July 2018 by Milda Books

    ISBN 978-9934-8748-0-2

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    This book in the video and its two inserts are part of the first, 30-piece limited edition

    The four special editions were sewn, bound and hard covered

    by Hannah Moore and Stewart Graham-Hyde in Lewes, England

    The remaining 26 editions were sewn, bound and hard covered

    by Georgs Avetisjans in Brighton, England

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    Self-published September 2016

    Hardback clothbound

    163 pages (including foldout pages)

    118 photographs (including archives)

    Memory Book : 44 pages

    Newspaper : 36 pages

    195 x 230 mm (portrait)

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    Homeland, the book was printed at L&S Printing (Worthing, England)

    Memory Book and Newspaper, the inserts were printed at Prontaprint (Brighton, England)

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    The four special editions are SOLD OUT

    The first limited edition - £175 / €195 / $225

    SOLD OUT!

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  4. FK Magazine

    Georgs Avetisjans
    Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country

    Directed by Toms Harjo
    Camera: Toms Harjo, Arnis Balčus
    Editors: Toms Harjo, Lotta Harjo
    Stars: Georgs Avetisjans, Gunārs Otmanis, Raivis Otmanis and Roberts Grozbahs

  5. Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

    Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

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      Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

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      Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

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      Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

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      Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

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      Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

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      Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

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      Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

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      Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

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      Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

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      Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

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      Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

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      Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

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      Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

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      Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2018-2019

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      Roja Gallery, Roja, Latvia, 2017

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      Photon - Centre for Contemporary Photography, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2017

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      Grand Parade Gallery, Brighton, England, 2016

    Exhibitions /
    Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country
    2016 - 2019

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    2018 - 2019 *Now Open* "Homeland" Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia
    2017 Photon Gallery (Centre for Contemporary Photography) - Different Worlds, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    2017 "Homeland" Roja Gallery, Roja, Latvia
    2016 "Counter-Memory" Grand Parade Gallery, Brighton, England