From March 2016 we warmly welcome you to the exhibition (Dis)continuous Line: Borders of Latvia in Maps at the National Library of Latvia. It is located in exhibition halls No. 2 and No. 3 on the 1st floor. Entrance – free of charge.
The exhibition tells about the borderline of Latvia, history of formation of outlines, which reflects not only the development of scientific tools, but to a large extent – the slow way of development of historical processes, breaking points, disasters and the idea about the state until formation of the state as a space, which is a result of historical drama, layers, versions and political projections.
In the exhibited maps one can follow, how starting from the first geographical denominations referred to the territory of Latvia the map outline that reflects the modern state of Latvia is gradually formed. The concept of a map and border unfolds in the exhibition in various expressions: as a political message; material artefact; map as a testimony of own community; topography and exploration of collective identity, an object of anthropological study, etc.
The exhibition is also complemented with drawing by artist Māris Bišofs and shortfilm Prāmis (Ferry) by producer Laila Pakalniņa. These both elements put accents on the different aspects in which we can speak of the concept of borders.
Maps are confirmation of the politicization of nature because of its objects (for example, river, mountain, and forest) which becomes an essential reference points in the process of demarcation.
Sat, Sun 10:00–17:00
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National Library of Latvia
Phone: +371 26472501