Kim? Contemporary Art Centre
Mārtiņš Grauds. “Sergeant Lapins Nearby”

A photo exhibition by Mārtiņš Grauds „Sergeant Lapins Nearby” was opened for visitors for ten days, from November 5 till November 15, at Kim? reading room in Spīķeri, above the galleries.


Mārtiņš Grauds, photo artist, photographer and film director, will feature a photo exhibition „Sergeant Lapins Nearby”, titled after a film by director Gatis Šmits „Return of Sergeant Lapins”. Photos, taken in the process of filming, gather the atmosphere of the film and present wide range of situations, crossing the borders of the film shooting itself, and reveal many different roles of the New Riga Theatre (Jaunais Rīgas teātris) actors.


Photography by Mārtiņš Grauds continues the passage taken in his previous art works, staying on the side of poetical documental photography.


The shots are taken in the time of filming in Riga, Āgenskalns, Iļģuciems, and in Jūrmala, Ķemeru sanatorium and in Kaltene, in the country area. Filming area is an ideal place for a documental photography; the environment is well-lit, and the creative mood is tense all the time, cameras on or not. Shots of the intense work process have captured the team in sudden, spontaneous situations and moods, different from the ones, which were meant to be a part of the film.


Film by studio „Tanka” is the second feature film by Gatis Šmits; actors – Andris Keišs, Guna Zariņa, Kaspars Znotiņš, Vilis Daudziņš, Baiba Broka, Gatis Gāga and others acting in this film, draw a witty portrayal of a modern Latvian society.


Opening on 5th of November, 5 PM in the Kim? reading room, opened on the workingdays 11 AM to 6 PM till 15th of November.


Mārtiņš Grauds (1973) – film director, photo artists. Few of the most recent works – a book „Latviešu zvēri” (Latvian Animals; texts by Inese Zandere, idea and directing: Mārtiņš Grauds; Publishers: Liels un mazs, 2010), and the individual art project  „Lūkot ies” (Neputns, 2006), including reflections from travellings. Mārtiņš Grauds has spent most of the summer 2010 together with theatre director Alvis Hermanis and New Riga Theatre actors, creating videos and photos for the spectacle „Kapusvētki”; currently Mārtiņš Grauds is working on a concert-film on synthesis of etno jazz in Latvian, Georgian and Moldavian folk music.