Using the geographically longest coastal village in the country as a metaphor, Homeland is a constructed and multi-layered story of the birthplace of a human being, memories and the journey of life. This is the story of a land and the human connection with it; information preserved by the land over the years reveals the past, present and future, and is a reflection on how time affects and changes our sense of place. The story also encourages a critical look at contemporary issues – the visual narrative of life outside the city acts as a signal for dialogue on modernity and the political and economic processes affecting the emigration of younger generations.
In terms of geography, the project also serves as documentary evidence of the longest village in the country – Kaltene – through photography, recorded memories and interviews in two languages (Latvian and English) reflecting national identity, history and memory, as well as people’s relationship with their environment and their emotional connection to the sea, the forest and stones. The story is not just about a specific homeland – Kaltene, where the author was born – but also about our nation as a whole, its values, rituals and traditions.