Interview with Sabine Sne: Latvian history, nature and contemporary art scene
Nastia Svarevska: Sabine, your work is now at Survival Kit, one of the most significant annual contemporary art events in the Baltics that takes place in Riga. This year's edition, ’The little bird must be caught’, explores whether art is necessary at a time of political turmoil. Can you tell me about the work you did for the festival and how it addresses the question?
Sabine Sne: I created a new mixed-media installation. The work is about Mother Nature in the '80s when Latvia was part of the USSR and fought for independence. Many ecological issues appeared or reached the maximum level at the beginning of that decade. Nature was in ruins, and the environment was dirty. People started to protest against more pollution, which was one of the first steps towards independence.
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