Google Streetview of Janis c.2011.
This work was made in light of the history of Latvia, and Eastern Europe, since World-War II. The history of this region is complex, marked by social and political struggles with authoritarianism and, after the ‘fall’ of socialist communism, national sovereignty. Perception, blindness, authority, alterity and anonymity are concepts that this work invites viewers to reflect on. The eyes, cropped and appearing as if coming up from the ground, remain abstract. The face and figure remains anonymous (the Latvian name ‘Janis’ resonates with the English hypothetical figure of a John Doe). Who really sees us? Does an ‘Other’ exist, really look over us? Who judges and decides what’s to come?
Acrylic spray-paint on wall; commissioned for Rojaraku (Roja, Latvia).