AccessAbility

 

Photo exhibition traveling around Latvia since October 2016

Photographer Matīss Markovskis

Exhibition curator and producer in Latvia Aija Freimane, PhD.

To live with dignity regardless of disability is a human right according to the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Fourteen Latvians were interviewed and photographed to have their individual stories heard and portrayed in AccessAbility. This Swedish exhibition is touring globally with the aim to raise questions about accessibility and inclusion in society for people with physical and mental disabilities.

The initial opening of the exhibition AccessAbility: Beyond Physical Environments was held during Swedish Days in Liepaja in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in Latvia in October 2016. Since then, the exhibition has travelled to more than 40 places throughout Latvia, including the national Parliament in June 2017.

AccessAbility concept has been displayed during the Rio Paralympic Games in Brazil, as well as in Georgia, Russia, Turkey, Austria, Greece, Lithuania, India, Nigeria, Singapore, Macedonia, Belarus, Ukraine and elsewhere with the support of the Swedish Institute in Stockholm.


The photographer of the Swedish edition Markus Marcetic (Sweden).

Project management in Swedish Institute: Sylvia Augustinsson The exhibition is financed by the Swedish Institute in Stockholm.

Photos:

Opening of the exhibition at the Saeima June 1, 2017: Ambassador of Sweden to Latvia H.E. Henrik Landerholm; curator of the exhibition Aija Freimane; Speaker of the Saeima Ināra Mūrniece; photographer Matīss Markovskis.

Opening of the exhibition at the National Rehabilitation centre "Vaivari", 2017: CEO of the National Rehabilitation centre "Vaivari" Anda Nulle; Mrs Iveta Vējone, spouse of President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis; curator of the exhibition Aija Freimane.