This year our award of 1000 EUR and the opportunity to spend a month in PAiR artist residency was awarded to the Latvian artist Anna Dzērve for her work „I’m glad he died”.  We believe that the author has transcended her personal experience in the language of art, through which the viewer can recognize many contexts prevailing in the modern era, such as the issues of women’s rights, the Foucaultian panapticon principle of total observation and the imprisonment of society, the presence of the absurd phenomenon of physical and emotional violence in the course of the entire evolution of humanity. The works are visually powerful and multi-layered, revealing the human body’s relationship with itself and the society that consumes it and where it fits into. And also, these works stimulate the imagination, they ask questions and look for answers, but – now in the personal life experience of each viewer.

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