Photo exhibition "Swedish Dads – Latvian Dads"

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Photo: Johan Bävman
Photo: Johan Bävman

A photography exhibition about the men of today – "Swedish Dads – Latvian Dads" (Tētis Zviedrijā – Tētis Latvijā) – by Swedish photographer Johan Bävman will be opened at the Level 7 gallery of the National Library of Latvia at 17.00 on 9 April. Its content is adapted from the exhibition Swedish Dads, which portrays men who have taken paternity leave. The exhibition will be open 6-30 April and entrance is free.

The exhibition explores what exactly prompted these fathers to stay with their children for longer than most fathers around the world do, how that experience was and what it has given them.

In 1974, Sweden was the first country in the world to replace maternity leave with parental leave. Now, 45 years later, fathers use an average 29% of the total parental leave days.

Latvian photographers Anda Krauze and Māris Lazdāns have supplemented the exhibition with 25 Latvian portraits – the winning portraits in the Dads in Latvia competition announced by the Swedish Embassy. Time spent with their children – what has it given them and what has been their experience?

The exhibition can be seen during NLL OPENING HOURS.

The exhibition was created in partnership between the Swedish Institute and the Swedish Embassy in Latvia, with the support of the National Library of Latvia, and