Idea of the concept and model: Olga Shilova
Photographer: Aigars Altenbergs
Computer graphic: Viesturs Staņislavskis
Visagist: Anita Altmane
Video: Teodors Panteļejvs
Locations of the project:
2010 01.- 24. October. The Arsenāls exhibition hall, creative workshop, Riga, Latvia.
2011 04.- 25. march Siguldas culture center exhibition hall. Sigulda, Latvia.
Participation in group exhibitions:
2011 09 – 18. november. Magazine Santa contemporary art exhibition Womens-breath, Riga, Latvia.
2012 Dolls. Ventspils museum, Livonian order castle, Ventspils, Latvia.
2014 04 – 07. september. European Professional Doll Art Festival. Railroad museum, Riga, Latvia.
In her project “Dream Calendar 2011” artist Olga Šilova has confronted two positions – reality and dreams. The heroine tries on different characters like a cardboard doll. Switching between different outfits also changes her behavior, character, story. The amplitude and variety of characters is vast – business lady, prima donna from a Brazilian carnival, actress on the red carpet, opera singer from “Carmen”, romantic cow-girl, Discovery Channel reporter in Africa, bride, pilot, pop singer, gambler, nun, and “on the way to America”.Art historian Elita Ansone.
International markets construct the female identity as an element of consumerist attention. Identity is sold with the commodity – clothing, lifestyle, design, dreams about a better life. The woman is an ideal consumer and shows outstanding zeal in playing the role that the society and she recognizes in the cultural clichés from the glossy front pages of magazines and TV screens. Artist conceputalises the question of identity – do dreams form from ones self?
Dream calendar. 2011
Dream calendar 2011 wall calendar A3, circulation 25 pieces