Bildmuseet, Umeå University, Sweden

Self-Portraits and the family archive

Workshop led by Eva Voutsaki (GR/UK)
November – December 2013

The participants, local women from Bolderāja, combined old family photographs, colours, shapes and word to create self-portraits that reflect their personal stories and memories. Using creativity and imagination, they explored and reinvented their life stories. The personal was linked to the collective history of Bolderāja, a largely Russian-speaking area of Riga that started out as a fishing village and housed factories and a large navy base during Soviet times.

Eva Voutsaki is a photographer and educator from Greece, currently living and working in Brighton, UK. Mythology, memory, fantasy and the unconscious form the basis for her creative work.