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SCHOOL Reef – Latvian Schools

Latvian Schools Project - student reef. Photos courtesy of Tija Viksna and Gallery Consentio (Riga, 2009).

The IFF is delighted to announce the first exhibition of crochet corals by school children. The exhibition is being held in the Gallery Consentio in Riga and is organized by Consentio's director Tija Viksna.

The works on display have been made school children across Latvia and are collectively dedicated to the Baltic Sea.

The exhibition opens May 30th 2009 and runs through the summer.

Latvian Schools Project - student reef.

This remarkable display is the result of a project launched in January 2009 organized by Tija Viksna in Riga and co-led by Laila Strada, principal of the Children's Art School of Mazsalaca.

The Latvian Schools Project has involved:

  • 38 schools from all regions of Latvia
  • 522 students-crocheters (including a few mothers, grandmothers and friends of the kids)
  • 44 teachers supervising, supporting and helping the kids (incl. for example, geography teachers helping the kids explore the world of reefs and seas. It has been even found out, that corals once have lived in the Baltic sea.)
  • 81 separate works (each measuring 30cm x 100cm) have been produced. All crocheted elements were asked to be attached to a piece of fabric measuring 30cm x 100cm and at least three children had to take part in creating each work. Apart from these simple requirements, full freedom of creativity was given "to enrich the crocheted elements with any possible kind of materials and technics of handwork."

Latvian School Reef Contributors

567 altogether – kids, their teachers, relatives and friends:

Adele Spigovska, Adrianna Putnina, Adrija Rubina, Aelita Prokopenko, Agate Kalcenaua, Agita Amatniece, Agita Laizane, Agita Vaktere, Agnese Brieze, Agnese Migliniece, Agnese Sepe, Agnese Skujina, Agnese Stabingaite, Agneta Dekena, Aiga Berzina, Aija Berzina, Aija Maurite, Aija Seldere, Aija Trimdale, Aija Trufane, Aija Upeniece, Ainars Furs, Aira Uzmane, Aivija Zubecka, Albine Luize Abakoka, Aleksandra Grzibovska, Aleksandra Gurkina, Aleksandra Smirnova, Alesja Spila, Aleskandra Muhina, Alina Dzenite, Alina Jusupova, Alina Leontjeva, Alina Sfronova, Alina Visnevska, Alina Visocka, Alise Bodrova, Alise Karnupe, Alise Krasovska, Alise Kuceruka, Alise Sonora Kirsone, Alise Subevica, Almira Novicka, Alona Filimonova, Alona Kuralkina, Alona Troicka, Amanda Petersone, Aminata Savadogo, Anastasija Antonova, Anastasija Babarikina, Anastasija Dudaleva, Anastasija Grimailova, Anastasija Jarocka, Anastasija Lovke, Ance Lapina, Anda Arbidane, Anda Arklina, Anda Lokmane, Anda Zidele, Anete Asmane, Anete Balode, Anete Bembere, Anete Berzina, Anete Branka, Anete Davidsone, Anete Jonikane, Anete Raga, Anita Bartkevica, Anita Grakolska, Anita Rozenbalde, Anita Slisane, Anita Zdanovska, Anna Maksimova, Anna Millere, Anna Miranovica, Annija Liepina, Annija Pabrika, Annija Sermuksle, Annija Steinberga, Annija Udre, Annija Vestfale, Annija Zagorska, Antra Gustsone, Arita Birzgale, Arita Nadzina, Arnita Melnalksne, Arta Zidele, Asnate Greve, Baiba Berzina, Baiba Grante, Baiba Ivanova, Baiba Jankalne, Baiba Maurina, Baiba Rulle, Barbara Petkevica, Beate Grinspona, Beatrise Upeniece, Betija Fisere, Biruta Jansone, Dace Berzina, Dace kenge, Dace Rieksta, Dace Vilevica, Dace Zile, Dagnija Ivanova, Daina Smilgaine, Daina Steinerte, Dana Jansone, Danielis Volkovics, Darja Matukevica, Darja Petrago, Davis Teteris, Diana Alatirjova, Diana Grenevica, Diana Jarmakova, Diana Pastore, Diana Stapkevica, Diana Stopite, Digna Zunda, Dina Grostina, Dita Brige, Dita Poseva, Dzanita Andersone, Edite Veinberga, Egija Zirnite, Eleonora Matule, Elina Andrijevska, Elina Antesenkova, Elina Bila, Elina Bondare, Elina Briksne, Elina Frensisa Maksimova, Elina Kaurova, Elina Krisuka, Elina Lomanovska, Elina Luse, Elina Lusina, Elina Ozola, Elina Puga, Elina Rusina, Elina Terlecka, Elina Treigute, Elina Vagre, Elina Zeire, Elise Taurina, Elita Isakova, Eliza Bekere, Elizabete Belicka, Elize Upeniece, Ella Hirste, Elnara Silkane, Elva Zincenko, Elvira Jonusauska, Elvita Celmina, Elvita Drake, Elvita Madelane, Elvita Rimane, Elza Eleonora Puspure, Elza Harja, Emanuela Zvaigznite, Eva Bukevica, Eva Svarupa, Evelina Sceglova, Evija Berzina, Evija svane, Evija Veidemane, Evija Zuka, Evita Gaidamovica, Evita Skavronska, Evita Zena, Gerda Robezniece, Gertrude Laima Grigorjeva, Girts Garais, Gita Elberte, Gita Zieda, Glorija Kraze, Guna Meiere, Guna Meija, Guna Pelse, Guna Rozite, Gundega Berzina, Gundega Kristiana Veilande, Gundega Vinakmene, Gunita Romanovska, Gunta Kasparinska, Gunta Markevica, Helena Makarova, Helma Sproge, Horens Lielgalvis, Ieva Anceva, Ieva Grunsteina, Ieva Gutmane, Ieva Innusa, Ieva Kurte, Ieva Luse, Ieva Sedleniece, Ieva Vilcina, Ilarija Kalamasnikova, Ilga Rozamasceva, Ilona Kornilko, Ilona Mezite, Ilva Rimicane, Ilze Amatniece, Ilze Cabe, Ilze Jansone, Ilze Kins, Ilze Pavarne, Ilze Pole, Ina Serkova, Inese Metrina, Inese Ozolniece, Ineta Petrika, Inga Civkule, Inga Pipe, Inta Hartmane, Irbe Kulaine, Irena Berzina, Irena Gravina, Irena Slepcova, Irina Be?acka, Irina Hrapuna, Ivanda Karklina, Ivanova Anna, Iveta Liepina, Ivita Brudere, Ivita Danenbergsone, Ivita Kovalevska, Ivita Leitane, Jana Grisle, Jana Karnupe, Jana Vanaga, Janina Viskere, Janis Mikelsons, Janis Podzins, Jekaterina Cajevska, Jekaterina Soldatova, Jelena Zidkova, Jelizaveta Tihomirova, Jevgenija Karpova, Jolanta Lauze, Jolanta Sinajeva, Jolanta Stipniece, Jonika Tervide, Julija Carkovska, Julija Dzusa, Julija Filina, Julija Jelinska, Julija Romanovska, Julija Semcuka, Julija Sisojeva, Juta Dimitrijeva, Juta Rimane, Juta Skudra, Karina Zakomolkina, Karina Zilbere, Karolina Spiridonova, Katrina Auskapa, Katrina Briezkalne, Katrina Ciekure, Katrina Danilevica, Katrina Kraukle, Keitija Krastina, Kintija Berga, Kintija Jansone, Kintija Volmare, Kitija Cimarmane, Kitija Rudevica, Krista Groskaufmane, Krista Meinarde, Krista Osina, Krista Pukite, Krista Zarina, Kristaps Strauts, Kristaps Zvejnieks, Kristiana Amolina, Kristiana Grundule, Kristiana Taurina, Kristians Agnis Micitis, KristinA Kicermane, Kristine Balode, Kristine Berga, Kristine Bragule, Kristine Dzierkale, Kristine Fjodorova, Kristine Jermalovica, Kristine Kandavniece, Kristine Lescinska, Kristine levkovica, Kristine Lubgina, Kristine Magone, Kristine Rigune, Kristine Rone, Kristine Rozentale, Kristine Sakovica, Kristine Smetanina, Kristine Stabina, Kristine Trona, Kristine Vaktere, Kristine Vilcina, Ksenija Platonova, Laila Jansone, Laila Klausa, Laila Popcova, Laima Vitola, Laine Soroka, Lasma Aunina, Lasma Harkina, Lasma Misuta, Lasma Sekste, Lasma Skudra, Lasma Valuze, Lasma Vorslova, Lauma Vasilevska, Laura Celmina, Laura Freimane, Laura Karklina, Laura Karklite, Laura Kasirova, Laura Kazacenko, Laura Kluss, Laura Kuzminska, Laura Liberte, Laura Malina, Laura Mangule, Laura Marus, Laura Misuta, Laura Ozola, Laura Ozolina, Laura Robinzone, Laura Stepane, Laura Svane, Liana Ohotinska, Liene Brente, Liene Maituse, Liene Ratnika, Liga Apsite, Liga Bracka, Liga Gavare, Liga Kalnina, Liga Koskina, Liga Krasta, Liga Krauja, Liga Ribkinska, Liga Sturstepa, Liga Trubnikova, Liga Valuze, Liga Vitola, Ligita Troon-Slonicka, Lilita Znotina, Lina Riekstina, Lina Zalite, Linca Lina Bogdanovica, Linda Andersone, Linda Birkmane, Linda Dadze, Linda ergle, Linda Grava, Linda Jeksevica, Linda Kaulina, Linda Klusa, Linda Laura Skrebela, Linda Ozola, Linda Petersone, Linda Rozenblate, Linda Stiebrina, Linda Stiglica, Linda Svarupa, Linda Taurina, Linda Teilane, Linda Vaivode, Linda Vanuska, Lita Locmele, Liva Bergmane, Liva Darzina, Liva Kozlovska, Liva Larmane, Liva Liga Zake, Liva Vaivade, Liva Vanaga, Loreta Miluna, Lote Larmane, Lucija Miksone, Luize Kima, Luize Vala, Madara Aunina, Madara Birmane, Madara Erlecka, Madara Kalpina, Madara Rozmisa, Madara Troscenko, Madara Zena, Made Kalniete, Magda Krauca, Maiga Strazdina, Maija Cudinova, Maija Elina Karaluna, Maija Minalto, Maija Psenisnova, Maira Valtere, Mara Cimdina, Mara Circene, Mara Kursite, Margarita Gricaja, Marija Bite, Marija Dzene, Marija Fonarjova, Marija Guoge, Marija Guza, Marija Jankovska, Marija Jegorova, Marija Kucinska, Marija Plotnikova, Marika Biseniece, Marika Gobina, Marina Senina, Markus Teruni, Marta Grigore, Marta Melnika, Marta Rudnikova, Marta Vilumsone, Martins Rendijs Cakste, Melisa Kokaine, Monika Burtniece, Monika Messinga, Monta Andzejevska, Monta Bendika, Monta Bokta, Monta Buntina, Monta Jirgensone, Monta Micule, Monta Vilcane, Nadezda Vieru, Natalja Muhomora, Natalja Seleznova, Nellija Freidenfelde, Nensija Livmane, Nils Driba, Nora Nuksa, Oksana Bogdanova, Olesja Aleksova, Olesja Pildika, Olga Astapovica, Olga Ignatenko, Olita Gakina, Patricija Malceva, Paula Belenko, Paula Cvetkova, Paula Feldmane, Paula Kesenfelde, Paula Lina Leinasare, Paula Luke, Paula Saulgrieze, Paula Stutina, Pauline Kalnina, Raita Stepane, Raivis Veide-skesters, Ramona Durena, Rebeka Lukosus, Rebeka Reke, Regina Sergele, Reicela Kanamarta, Renate Lapina, Renate Stube, Rihards Bautris, Rita Ertmane, Rita Germane, Rita Jevdokimova, Roberts Ervins Ziedins, Rolands Snetkovs, Rudite Misina, Ruta Kanite, Ruta Paegle, Ruta Reknere, Ruta Ritina, Ruta Turka, Sabine Betmane, Sabine Greiskalne, Sabine Vaitaite, Sabine Zilinska, Saiva Fjodorova, Samanta Bernate, Samanta Jurke, Samanta Muizniece, Samanta Pisukova, Sanda Bembere, Sanda Udre, Sandija Kalnina, Sandija Kristjansone, Sandra Adamovica, Sandra Berzina, Sandra Saulgrieze, Sandra Sunopla, Sanita Kapeika, Sanita Nadzina, Sanita Ozola, Santa Kalniete, Santa Kozlova, Santa Logina, Santa Matule, Santa Mendzina, Santa Proskina, Santa Savicka, Santa Slokenberga, Santa Sproge, Santa Vicinska, Sendija Kuzmina, Sigita Liepina, Sigita Sarmule, Signe Luca, Silva Sandra Darzniece, Silvija Melnudre, Simona Vainovska, Sintija Araja, Sintija Grina, Sintija Lankovska, Sintija Lieknina, Sintija Mike, Sintija Neimane, Sintija Ose, Sintija Ukse, Sniedze Spone, Sofija Baisaitova, Sofija Kulaho, Solvita Laura Jansone, Tatjana Orehova, Tereze Aploka, Tereze Sedleniece, Tereze Veinberga, Tina Aboltina, Toms Kristaps Sniedzins, Una Majore-Kviese, Unda Karele, Valda Tolstjakova, Valentina Abrazeja, Valentina Makarova, Valerija Larionova, Valerija Samotajeva, Valerija Sipilo, Valerija Vorobeja, Vanda Mazrima, Velta Pece, Venija Zarina, Veronika Vasiljeva, Veslava Lincika, Vidvuds Karlis Sulcs, Vija Ektermane, Viktorija Andrikaite, Viktorija Culkova, Viktorija Gailite, Viktorija Konajeva, Viktorija Livmane, Viktorija Malukova, Viktorija Raka, Vita Kiseluna, Vita Pesse, Zanda Arajuma, Zanda Galvane, Zanda Jevsina, Zanda Nikolaisone, Zanda Runce, Zane Embrekte, Zane Lagzdina, Zane Reinfelde, Zeltite Osmane, Zeltite Romere, Zile Ozolina-Sneidere, Zinta Vavilova

Additional Latvian Reef Contributors (August 2009)

Mara Perse, Susure, Daiga Sotaka, Dagnija Griezne, Agnese Kantiseva, Inese Birza, Inguna Kudulina, Lilija Kalnina, Anta Kirse, Inese Zaurova, Kristina Vetra, Vaira Duma, Una Budzena, Inguna Insberga, Linda Sausina, Sintija Horste, Agnese Sudrabkaleja, Gunta Jekabsone, Gunta Antipova, Jana Lauzne, Laila Strada, Tija Viksna, Jekabs Viksna, Daina Taimina, Vija Rozenberga, Kate Lauzne, Una Sneidere, Liena Sneidere, Selux, Pujene, Baiba Pilane, Zane Cerpinska, Ilga Fjodorova, Ilze Kaupuza, Elza, Fiasko, Asnate Greve, Dace Alekse, Inga Priede, Rita Ertmane, Ilga Vitola, Zane Zukovska, Inese Purmale, Elvita Zvaigzne, Tereze Bertina, Silvija Pavlovica, Mara Jako

Latvian Schools Project - student reef.

But, says Tija, there is lot more behind the figures:

"Some groups of authors have added poems and essays, stories and descriptions of their work, all dedicated to the Baltic sea."

Says one child from the Kekava Art School 6.B in her student essay:

"We cannot clean the sea with our own hands, even though we would wish to, but we can leave it clean behind ourselves, to love and protect it the way we can. We want our sea clean and beautiful – as we tried to portray it in our work – in the play of colors, the patterns of waves."

School student Reefs at Gallery Consentio, Riga (2009).

More information about Gallery Consentio and the Latvian School Reef Exhibition can be seen on the gallery website at: www.consentio.lv

Some of the Latvian student prize winners and friends at the Gallery Consentio opening. Photo by Una Sneidere.

Gallery judges assessing the works by school students at Gallery Consentio. Prizes were awarded to many students, and included 20 copies of the IFF's "Field Guide to Hyperbolic Space". At right is Tija Viksna.

Latvian Schools Project - student reefs featuring "waves" and coral forms made from plastics.

Latvian Schools Project - student reef detail.