Krista Burāne

Atmiņu istabas / Rooms of memories (2012)

Nomination for award "1 kg culture" as "A most surprising culture project" 2012

"Rooms of memories" was built in the old and empty house were the first memorial exhibition of a live actor  Leons Leščinskis was made to tell the story about his and at the same time our lives in the last 50 years of 20 century. 

The project consist from an exhibition, performances based on the play by S. Becket "Krapp's last tape" and reconstructions of 9 most important performances in Latvian theater history. 

Authors - Krista Burāne, Mārtiņš Eihe (creative association Nomadi)

Director - Mārtiņš Eihe

Script - Krista Burane, Leons Leščinskis

Sound instatlations - Edgars Rubenis

Setdesign - Māris Ruskulis

Actor - Leons Leščinskis

Reconstructions of historical performances - students of the Latvia Academy of Culture.

Pelēkā asfalta stāsti /The stories of gray asphalt (2010)

This event was the part of contemporary art festival “Survival kit  2010” produced by Latvia Contemporary art center. For one week I together with Martins Eihe recreated the E. Birznieka Upisa street in Riga in place  people could meet for telling, listening, watching, writing, showing stories about beeing in a city.  We had

  • Street stories told by more than fifty different storytellers. They were sitting all along the street on sidewalks and asking people to join them and listen to stories, to retell stories and share them. Storytellers were people from the community of the street, well - known writers and poets, people from a countryside and other cities.
  • Sky stories told from the tower of one of the street house. Everyone who wanted got the possibility to tell his / here story in between the sky and earth to all city.
  • Sidewalk stories were written by young ply writers on the both sidewalks of the street. Every day they wrote new stories because the old once was gone because of rain or there was deleted by street cleaners.
  • The Invisible theater created  different  situations on  the street about socially important themes (abortion, drugs, crime, suicides, national hatred etcetera ) . Actors played these situations but spectators didn’t know that what they see is theater. The aim was to create situations, which could be the reason for spectators to start to speak about them at home, work, with friends.
  • Photo stories with 100 photos were made about every house on that street during all a day.  As a pattern I used geographic and time map, but the content comes from the stories told on the street. These were staged photos were imagination was combined with documental life. 
  • Music stories were told by street musicians of Riga which we asked to come to our street for that one-week and be a part of our performance.

 The main aim of that project was to create situations people start to speak about.  With friends and strangers.  About their life’s and about what  they can learn from each other - some surviving strategies for living in cities. About  stopping their run for a while, sit, to have a cup of tea and think about themselves. 

 To create this event we involved inhabitants of the street, cafes, shops and houses owners who were so kind and let us use they places and properties, and become storytellers.   

Rīgas raganas / Witches of Riga (2008)

 "Witches of Riga" was the performance in the photographies.  70 documentary b/w photos about the everyday life of five Riga street sweepers were arranged on the base of play "Witch of Riga" by Rainis.  This play tells the story of conquest of Riga by tsar Peter I and the young witch who tried to save the lives of Riga citizens in 1710.  The  exhibition was held in the authentic 17. - 18 century house and  portraits of Riga street sweepers were made in the style of pictorial art of  that time. 

The texts of play and documental photos were exhibited in the large "witches books", but under the fictional portraits on the historical walls spectators could read documantal stories about real heroes of the exhibition. 

My aim was to smash the distance between centuries and tell the story about the strength of women.

 Exhibited at - Riga History muséum, Ventspils muséum, Cēsu muséum, Liepaja gallery of art.

Pasakas par bezmiegu / Tales about an insomnia (2007, 2016)

This project was made while I was in artists residence in Paris 2007.  I went out in city streets in late nights wearing pajama, with pillow and lamp, stopped the people and told them that I can’t sleep. Then I asked them to sing me a lullaby. I recorded singing, then make photos with them and after wrote a fairy tale about each of stranger.

I was seeking for the tenderness and feeling of safety in the big city life, for people who can give a peaceful state of mind similar to I had in childhood nights when listening to lullabies.  

All materials (12 large scale photos, lullabies, fairy tales) were exhibited by Latvian Contemporary art center. With the sound (by Andris Indāns), pictures, texts, and all atmospheres my aim was to create the place where spectators could fall to sleep and found the place for rest in the middle of the stressful big city life.  And I succeed it! There were people in the exhibition, which at the end of the day was wakened up by museum attendants. 

After the Latvian Contemporary art center exhibition hall, the project was shown as a part of "Paris spring" month in the Univesity of Latvia.

In spring 2016 the "Tales of insomnia" had possibility to start his second life and was exhibited in  three Latvia schools as a part of  project "Small school bag of culture" 


Sniegavīru rendezvous /Snowman's rendezvous (2006)

 I opened the world's first dating office for snowmens in Riga Literature Museum in the winter 2006 . Anyone who wanted to have a cool friend could get him / her with dating service Snowmens RENDEZVOUS help.

The nesecety to open the office was determined by the fact that numbers of homless snowmens in Riga was growing rapidly. They - big and small, joufull and angry, frigele and strong were standing in Riga districts (Bolderaja, Purvciems, Imanta, Zolitude, Pardaugava, Teika, Jugla) Old Town courtyards, parks and gardens.

They stood where felted, they look at how people live, the way we speak, laugh and sometimes even love.

Snowmens yearning, they know that somewhere must be someone with whom they can talk about the geometry of snowflakes and  astronomy, about sex when outdoors minus twenty and how to prepare himself for spring. Perhaps they even do not care to talk about, they just want to meet. And then we will see what happen.  Maybe even a date, maybe even love, which is stronger than the snow.

There were  snowman portraits, created by Krista Burāne (photos)  and Sandijs Ruļuks (digital post production) as well as read snowman dating ads, which were written by poets Marts Pujāts, Anna Auziņa Sergejs Timofejes, Agnese Krivade, Pēteris Draguns, Inga Gaile, Ilmārs Šlāpins, Andra Manfelde , Rihards Bargais, Rimands Ceplis, Kārlis Vērdiņš, Reinis Tukišs, Inese Zandere, Krista Burāne in Snowmans dating office.

Sowmens "dance" sounds was created by Andris Indāns and Edmunds Ansons.

Dating Office database with portraits, love poetry and dating advertisements was published in

1) the postcard  format book by Jānis Roze publishing house for all who wish to be able to keep his / her friend sweet face in pocket, or to send it to grandmother to the countryside, where the Riga snowmens are in a great rarity.

2) dating and social sites on internet.


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