The image stands at the junction of a light which comes from the object and another which comes from the gaze. (Plato)
For different reasons, Russia has remained a largely unpredictable country over the course of many centuries. Westerners still tend to be prejudiced towards Russians and perceive them as weird, aggressive and irrational.
Even though Alnis Stakle has visited Russia on a number of occasions, he has not so far managed to capture on film the ‘true’ nature of Russia. In order to approach the unseen in the Russian culture, for several years already he has been studying amateur videos which portray often trivial events that remain largely unknown to media and the general public. Nevertheless, these amateur video messages have an existentially meaningful and irrational component, which can become a key to unlocking the modern-day cultural discourse on Russia. In his work Stakle appropriates amateur video images in order to re-conceptualise Russia in terms of technology, politics and aesthetics.
Alnis Stakle (1975) lives and works in Latvia. He holds a PhD in art education from Daugavpils University. Since 1998 his works have been exhibited extensively – among others, in the Latvian Museum of Photography, Latvian National Museum of Art, Modern Art Oxford, Langhans Gallery in Prague, Art Center ‘Winzavod’ in Moscow, Contemporary Art Museum in Santo Domingo, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires (AR) and the Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR in Brussels.