130 x 180 mm
Seat 68 is a personal story, picturing Jansone’s holiday’s with her grandmother in Madeira island. The trip was organised by a tour operator and the majority of the group members were seniors from Latvia. The adventure spirals into a miscommunication explosion culminating on the eve of grandmother’s birthday, when all the generational differences come out in the open. Suddenly it is clear that they will not be able to find a mutual understanding on subjects like LGBTQ rights or climate change, and the rest of the trip is a partly comical struggle to understand why we are different from each other and how to speak to each other.
In the book, Jansone talks about the intergenerational conflict between her grandmother, who grew up in the Soviet Union, and herself – a young European who was born after the fall of the Soviet Union in independent Latvia. Two generations that grew up in opposing systems, with different social norms; often what is acceptable to one, is completely unacceptable to the other.
With social media, newspapers and leaders preaching increasingly what their own followers want to hear, it is next to impossible to get out of our own bubble. This project is an attempt to bridge the gap between generations and show the importance of truly listening to the other, as only through a dialog, we can come to an agreement.
The book is in two languages – English and Latvian. Designed by Alexey Murashko, edited by Valeriy Gorokhov and supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia and Antalis AS.
About the Artist
Paula Jansone (1993) is a Latvian photographer who graduated the two-year ISSP School and analog photography programme led by Andrejs Grants in Latvia. She studied history of photography and works with analog photography, creating experiments with film and the image. Jansone’s photographs reveal a style in which the color contrasts, lights and framing plays a big role in the storytelling. Besides her photography projects, Jansone works as a project director in field of culture and education and teaches photography and video production at Latvian Culture College. Jansone is also writing prose, publishing in several local bookazines and magazines, which helps to supplement her photography projects.
About the Publisher
Milda Books is an independent Baltic-based publisher of documentary photographers, visual writers, artists and visual poets from the CEE region, founded in 2017. Milda Books produces one to three new books each year by contemporary artists and also focuses on authors from abroad who have made their work within this region. One of their books has been awarded the prestigious Kraszna-Krausz Photobook Award!