In 2017 Normunds Griesiņš’ spent many months making his feature film ‘Fly’. They say creativity inspires creativity and in Margrieta Griestiņa’s case it did, as the painter, stage designer, installation and performance artist developed her work on the set of his film.
Griesiņš’ film was produced in a gaming environment and within this the character of Daggy came to life. Daggy is a black middle aged rural gangster who does not conform to the violence required or the gaming world’s rules, but documents his feelings and emotional experience through taking selfies. He is killed numerous times in this virtual space and the selfies document his range of experiences as he moves through the video game.
The exhibition explores emotion and identity and how these are impacted upon within the context of pop culture. Magrieta’s background in visual communication has informed her art. Her works come from her special interest in commentaries on her own personal versions of popular and mass culture.
The exhibition is curated by Šelda Puķīte and the project is supported by partners including Tartu Artists' Union, City of Tartu, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture, GolfClayderman, OWGU and Valmiermuiža.
Daggy’s Last Selfie opened on November 17th and will be open until December 10th in the Small Gallery of the Tartu Art House in Tartu, Estonia. You can read more about the artist and the exhibition here on the Tartu Art House website (in Estonian, Latvian, and English).
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)