Evita Goze

Minor project. Imaginary Homelands.

Posted in Japan, personal work, photography, photography studies by evitagoze on January 2, 2013

The effect of mass migrations has been the creation of radically new types of human being: people who root themselves in ideas rather than places, in memories as much in material things; people who have been obliged to define themselves – because they are so defined by others – by their otherness; people in whose deepest selves strange fusions occur, unprecedented unions between what they were and where they find themselves.

(Salman Rushdie, Imaginary Homelands)

I travel from place to place, from country to country. They are different yet the same. Light enters the space and melts into flesh and the most significant memories turns out to be veins pulsing on arms. Pores of skin, flaws and marks, texture of hair and fabric, patterns of shadows. Tiny apartments, suburban landscapes, parks appearing like tropical forests only a handful of meters from a highway. For a split second when the shutter clicks I’m in the control. For a split second I lull myself into believing that they belong to me, longing to become another, before they slip out of my reach, turn away, harden their backs, already lost even before the very first picture was taken.

By photographing people around me I draw internal maps of countries of the mind, of memory and my personal history, searching for emotional attachment and intimacy with the world that surrounds me.

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Life in Japan

Posted in dear diary, Japan, photography studies by evitagoze on June 23, 2012

I could swear that time in Japan goes much faster than in the other side of globe. My most used sentences are not “I don’t understand” and “Weird..” anymore. I recognise more and more faces in university and have even started to remember Japanese personal names. I can understand, hmm .. let me think, maybe about hundred words in Japanese (counting till ten, weekdays and months of the year included. Yes, I’m ashamed!). I live from rice and I’m addicted to japanese sweet daifuku mochi (have to mention green tea kitkats as well. However, they seem to have disappeared from earth since the beginning of May). Japan has the most exciting second hand shops I have ever seen and the loudest frogs.

There are only two weeks left till our exhibition opening and only five till the day when I have to go to airport to fly back to England. I spend most of my days between university and home. Learning, reading, writing, taking pictures, fighting with mosquitos and counting millimeters and struggling with dust in the darkroom.

Unfortunately I can’t share any of my work here yet as it all is on paper, not digital, because I don’t have any possibility to scan my negatives in university, but I’ll work on that when I’m back in Europe. Japan probably is the most expensive country where to do analog photography.

Nagoya University of Arts.

With Margaux on our rooftop.

Rooftop nightime.

Rooftop nighttime. Margaux posing.

Margaux still posing.

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Me by Olivia Poppy Coles

Posted in exhibitions, my modeling career, photography, photography studies by evitagoze on June 17, 2012

A photograph with me looking like a boy by wonderful Olivia Poppy Coles from her graduation project in University of Brighton, stolen from her blog. You can still make it to the BA graduates show in London that opens in a few days.

Georgia

Posted in personal work, photography, photography studies by evitagoze on April 16, 2012

A few images of beautiful Georgia I did last fall for “Orpheus” project in university.

Imaginary Homelands

Posted in personal work, photography, photography studies by evitagoze on February 9, 2012

The effect of mass migrations has been the creation of radically new types of human being: people who root themselves in ideas rather than places, in memories as much in material things; people who have been obliged to define themselves – because they are so defined by others – by their otherness; people in whose deepest selves strange fusions occur, unprecedented unions between what they were and where they find themselves.”

(Salman Rushdie, Imaginary Homelands)

Political portrait project, led by Lisa Barnard:

Anete. Documentary project

Posted in personal work, photography, photography studies by evitagoze on May 28, 2011

The first year of my photography studies has passed by. Below is the year one final project – a collaborative documentary story about beautiful 19 years old art student Anete from my home country Latvia, presented as a book layout, made using her drawings and my photographs combined together in a way to respond to each other. I called it “Run through the moss on high heels”.

The Photograph as Document

Posted in photography, photography studies by evitagoze on April 18, 2011

Our last project in this academic year is The Photograph as Document, accompanied by Historical and Critical Studies: Image as Document/ Fiction, where we have been looking at a range of historical and theoretical frameworks from origins of classical documentary photography till family album.
Key readings included The Aesthetics of Documentary by Mark Cousins, The FSA Collection of Photographs by Roy Emerson Stryker, Photographic Practice as an index and an instrument of integration by Pierre Bourdieu from Photography: A Middle Brow Art, Daughter, Model Jessie Mann interview with Melissa Harris and very beautifully and emotionally written essay by Larry Sultan, an extract from his Pictures from Home.

Some of the images and we have been looking at:

John Thomson, Street Life in London, 1876-77


Jacob Riis, How The Other Half Lives, 1888-89


Lewis Hine, Child Labor, 1908-18

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Make Love Not War

Posted in photography, photography studies by evitagoze on March 27, 2011

In one of our lectures (given by Aaron Schuman) we discussed Steven Meisel‘s series Make Love Not War – published in Vogue Italia (September 2007) and hailed as “the most nauseatingly tasteless fashion pictures ever” by the Guardian – to explore the use of allegory, photographic themes and art-historical references within the context of contemporary fashion imagery.

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Allegory project

Posted in photography, photography studies by evitagoze on March 21, 2011

Below is my final selection for Allegory project we had to hand in last Friday. When working on this project, I was thinking about childhood, memory, borders between reality and fantasy and connections between real and constructed spaces.

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Montage and Appropriation. Surrealism

Posted in photography, photography studies by evitagoze on March 6, 2011

Recently In Historical and Critical Studies we have been talking about allegorical strategies that involve quoting or directly taking and using already existing images. We also discussed photography’s important role in Surrealist art practice that privileged the unconscious mind over rational thought. The key texts for these lectures were Seven Types of Appropriation by David Evans and Photomontage by Raoul Hausmann in Appropriation, The Myth of Surrealism in Portfolio no.39 and Photography and Surrealism by David Bate.

Some of the artists we looked at:

Gustav Klucis, Electrification of the Entire Country, 1920

Hannah Hoch, Cut with the Kitchen Knife, 1919

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