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Ričards Miezītis
"Human Anthology"

09 September – 01 October 2023 

MASA studija, Rīga


Anthology - Greek word, ἀνθολογία (literally "a collection of blossoms", from ἄνθος, ánthos, flower)

“Like a bouquet of flowers, the gallery contains pictures of people that I have been collecting since 2021. Their emotions, the looks in their eyes, their postures, and the environment they are in; together create for me an idea of the concept of Human. However, the general cannot be understood without the specific. Therefore, this exhibition will draw your attention to the details that make up a person. You will experience the general after seeing the specific,” says Ričards Miezītis.

The human concept is a complex idea that encompasses all aspects of human nature, from physical to psychological characteristics. Emotions and the environment are two of the most important aspects of the human. They help in our understanding of how we interact with the world around us and with one another.

Emotion (from the Latin: emovere - 'to excite', 'to thrill') - can be both positive and negative. We often experience emotions in response to certain events or situations. Emotions help us understand ourselves and other people. They allow us to express our feelings and thoughts, making our communication more effective. Emotions also help us make decisions and act in accordance with our values and beliefs.

A person's environment is everything that surrounds him and affects his life: family, friends, work, hobbies, place of residence, etc. It shapes his beliefs, behavior, character, and personality in general.

A person's gaze and pose can tell a lot about his emotional state, self-confidence, mood, and attitude toward another person. However, it is worth remembering that gaze and pose can be individual and depend on many factors, such as cultural characteristics, personality traits, and the context of communication.

Gaze is the direction of one's eyes towards someone or something. Gaze often requires reciprocity; it invites us to pay attention to it. We can avoid it, but we feel it. It can appeal to us, but sometimes it scares us.

Pose (from Latin "pono" - "to place, to set") is the position assumed by the human body, the arrangement of the body, head, and limbs in relation to each other. A pose can conclude what the eyes have said. It can complement a thought or attempt to conceal it. Freedom or restraint? Pride or shame? Sadness or aggression?

Richard's art is based on these elements; he senses the baggage his subject carries and uses photography to tell its story.

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