NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform

Non-Combativity Rule, 2023

180 x 240 cm

Oil on canvas

The series of works focuses on the modern man characterised by a fear of intimacy. In this state, like in sport, carefully cultivated methods of self-defence reach a level of mastery, standing between the individual and the outside world. The Latvian word “paukošana” is probably derived from “pauks” (sometimes “paukš”), which is used to imitate a temporary, recessed noise, such as a light blow. In an age of intimacy starvation, this noise echoes in the half-empty room of the swordsman, echoing between trivial everyday reflections that alternate with the naked heaviness of existence and make one question how unfair this game is to oneself.

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