History is politics and politics is history – and we are all part of it, often in ways are not even aware of. And that is precisely the reason why we need to share it. Shared History is not about giving your own history up – but opening the act of history making to other perspectives, other voices than what is conventionally expected.
Shared History is a project that brings together newly arrived and established artist across the Baltic Sea region, a sea of (dis)-connections. Their views do not necessarily need to harmonise, but they have to relate to each other when exploring critical methods of storytelling in a time of polarised debates about history and identity. By providing a space for creative and critical dialogue for artists, writers and thinkers, Shared History aims to look at history and narration as a process of participation and interpretation rather than a set of fixed facts.
Read more about the background and theories behind the Shared History project in this essay by Svante Helmbaek Tirén.
To broaden the scope of possible ways to talk about the migration in the context of Latvia, the exhibition within the “Shared History” project in Riga is to be developed at the art museum “Riga Bourse”. It will be focusing on the idea of the territory of Latvia as a historically layered and multi-ethnic zone where different cultures have co-existed since centuries.