Glasgow City Arts takes a look at Arnis Balcus, a Latvian photographer who has just finished his solo exhibition in Glasgow's Street Level Photoworks. This collection of images is called Victoria Park, we think you will agree, they are quite fascinating!
Victory Park is one of the largest and greenest parks in Riga, yet also one of the most controversial places due to its historical and political context. Despite the fact that the park got its name to celebrate the Latvian independence fighters of 1919, nowadays, for Latvians, the park is the main embodiment of Russian chauvinism, Russian-speaking community and the Soviet occupation. Most Latvians see the Victory monument and the celebrations of 9 May honouring the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany as a threat to Latvian identity.
To see more of Arnis's fantastic photography visit: www.balcus.lv