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July 29, 2023

“1997” is an autoethnographic performance whose central motive is narrative. Interweaving together anecdotal, personal events, family history and an insight into childhood in the province of Latvia in the 90s, artist Anna Maskava brings the audience into their own subjective experience. What she told and revealed in a very personal way resonates with the viewers’ own memories and a wider socio-political context.
This work of art simultaneously contrasts the past with the global events of the moment, creating a dialogue between the past and the present, the personal and the political.

Anna Maskava is a multidisciplinary artist whose creative practice focuses on the research of aspects of self-identity and the reflection of personal experience. Anna Maskava’s handwriting is characterized by experiments with the form of the artwork using interdisciplinary tools, including the interaction of performance art and its recording medium. In her artistic activity, Anna Maskava explores personal mythology, animistic world view and individual
role in wider, collective history and memories. The artist’s performances often use ritualistic, repeated actions and processes, which invite to reconsider with the techniques of visual art
time perception and asks questions about different, changing states of consciousness.
The source of inspiration for Anna Maskava’s artworks is northern nature and the untouched human environment, which often becomes the central element of the artistic strategy.


July 29, 2023