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Monika Pormale 17
Box No. 17

Monika Pormale /Latvia/
installation for two people

Exhibit No.17 is about the intimacy of the moment of humans being together, people frozen in embrace and talking to each other in “the language of hearts” in complete silence and solitude. This piece of art is the culmination and the closing of a theme that has been present in Monika Pormale’s works for six years. It all began with the idea of Latvian theatre director Alvis Hermanis to stage The Ice. A collective reading of the book with the help of imagination in Frankfurt based on the novel by Vladimir Sorokin. In Riga Monika Pormale made a series of photos featuring the actors of the New Riga Theatre, as well as ordinary people, embracing each other with unusual tenderness in different public spaces – a library, a swimming pool, a supermarket, a church. In 2005, the monumental production of The Ice followed as a part of Ruhr Triennial. Monika recalls this incredible opportunity to create together with Alvis Hermanis in the immense space of the Gladbeck’s Maschinenhalle Zweckel, to combine the performance and the exhibition and to see what it means to speak the language of the heart. A year later her large-format photo installation was put on the facade of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele under the motto Everything is going to be all right/Alles wird gut. The photos showed Berliners embracing each other, anonymous passers-by, and chance couples staged as living sculptures.

Bio: Monika Pormale studied stage design and textile arts in Riga. Her installations, photos, and art-actions, including Riga Dating Agency (2000), have been exhibited in numerous international exhibitions. For last decade Monika Pormale has worked mainly as a scenographer and costume designer for theatre, and since 2000 had worked closely with director Alvis Hermanis at the New Riga Theatre as well as in theatres in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Russia. Her visual art works and installations have been presented in a range of European galleries, and she was the first designer to be commissioned by spielzeit’europa | Berliner Festspiele to create a project for the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, where she made a giant photo installation. 

Photos: Monika Pormale, Burkhard Peter, Rudolf Bekic

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