Ieva Kraule-Kūna and Anna Bernarde at Riga Circus Elephant Stables

Artists: Ieva Kraule-Kūna, Anna Bernarde

Exhibition title: Happy 8th March!

Venue: Riga Circus Elephant Stables, Riga, Latvia

Date: February 8 – April 3, 2020

Photography: Līga Spunde / all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Riga Circus Elephant Stables

Wilt tulips, wither roses
your beauty fades away
as a bouquet in Czech crystal
in a standardised sunlit room

Home like thousand others, walls so thin I hear a thousand voices – day or night my living room is full of guests. Dad helps me to build an archway between the kitchen and living room so we can distinguish our home from thousands of others. Beautiful as a Greek temple, our home now is. The kitchen is my temple, I Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty. I spend my days there wearing a floral dressing gown. It reminds me of the one day every year when I am greeted with a bouquet of red carnations. But carnations wither and so do I. A baby’s Breath on the back of my neck, but as long as there is no one to give me red roses on February 14th, it will stay as it is – in a crystal vase along with the red carnations on the windowsill. After the pink arch follows a red one, after the girly day-dream follows realisation. Is this really me who is awaiting this?

–Ieva Kraule-Kūna


At the opening of the show “Happy 8th March!” amidst glasses of best Soviet champagne all while listening to the favourite tunes of the decade, it was possible to acquire flowers for one’s most special ladies in the flower shop created by artist Ieva Kraule-Kūna and florist Anna Bernarde. “Happy 8th March!” is the season’s fourth event at the Elephant Stables of Riga Circus, where the collaborations of various different artists unravel before your eyes. Artists are invited to create a hybrid between a solo and a group show where artists take over the functions of curator and arbitrarily include other authors in their artistic process.