Brekte ©

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  1. 22.10.–17.12.2010.


    Alma Gallery, Riga, Latvia



    "..The exhibition “The Madonnas of Riga” (2010) at the ALMA Gallery was created in collaboration with curator Ieva Kalniņa, who wrote in the text accompanying the exhibition that “the idea is rooted in the wish to examine our contemporaries through the lens of idealism, as previously offered by art history and Christian theology. The specific source of inspiration is the story of Mary Magdalene”, transferred to the present day with portraits of women providing sexual services in Riga. The exhibition “The Madonnas of Riga”, supplemented with the curator’s descriptions of each of the women and the conditions under which they met, developed into a “documentary study of these women’s lives and our sometimes erroneous stereotypes about them”. Brekte “was attracted specifically by the proximity of the most profound depths of the abyss in the personality of the sitter”, which was “subject to the artist’s interpretation”, the “delicate lines and dirty washes of watercolour serving as a direct analogy for the essence of these women”. This series of works brought public acclaim, was nominated for the prestigious Purvītis Prize, and at the international “ArtVilnius ’12” Contemporary Art Fair the jury awarded Kristians the title of “Best foreign artist aged up to thirty-five”." (Elīna Sproģe, Neputns)


    "..This time Brekte has chosen another subject that vexes society: prostitution. However, this is the least provocative solo exhibition in his creative biography yet. Here the contribution of Ieva Kulakova, co-creator of the exhibition, should be mentioned. The artist himself invited the art historian to participate because he wished to add a further dimension to the heroines of his exhibition. This is very successfully achieved and thus the accompanying text also becomes an object of the visitor’s attention (evaluation). As a result, the exhibition is not limited to exterior portraits of these members of society, “gloating” about the fate of “fallen” women, but instead permits quite a comprehensive insight into their inner world." (Sniedze Kāle, Studija)