Latvian artist shows off her artwork in Shusha [PHOTO]

Latvian artist shows off her artwork in Shusha [PHOTO]

May 8, 2022 4:00 p.m. (UTC+04:00)


By Laman Ismayilova

An exhibition of works by Latvian artists has opened in the town of Shusha.

The Karabakh horse inspired Dace Strausa to create a series of paintings dedicated to this incredible breed of horse.

Dace Strausa lived in Baku for two years. Soon after her arrival, thanks to her sincere interest and deep love for horses, she established contacts with many horse owners, paying special attention to Karabakh horses.

The artist left Azerbaijan several years ago and now lives in Finland. However, the theme of Karabakh horses always inspires him to create new masterpieces.

Latvian Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Artis Pabriks participated in the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

He pointed out that horses are a symbol of friendship, freedom and wisdom. He also called the exhibition “Horses of Karabakh” a historical exhibition, testifying to the establishment of peace.

In his speech, the Latvian minister also highlighted the ongoing large-scale restoration works in Shusha.

Head of the Arts Council of Azerbaijan Dadash Mammadov congratulated the Latvian artist on the opening of the exhibition.

“Karabakh horses are one of the national symbols of Azerbaijan. I consider it symbolic that the exhibition of paintings dedicated to Karabakh horses is held in the city of Shusha, in the heart of Karabakh. Karabakh horses have conquered the heart of the artist forever. I am sure that in the future we will be able to enjoy new paintings by Dace Straussa through which she praises the beauty and grace of these animals,” Mammadov said.

Speaking about the exhibition, Dace Strausa said she was happy to have the opportunity to visit Shusha, one of the most picturesque corners of Azerbaijan.

“I will continue to paint beautiful Karabakh horses in the future to show their greatness and beauty,” the artist added.

Recall that the exhibition “Horses of Karabakh” was held at the Art Tower Gallery in Baku last year.

Many public and cultural personalities, diplomatic missions attended the event co-organized by the Latvian Embassy and the Arts Council of Azerbaijan with the support of Icharishahar State Historical and Architectural Reserve.

The exhibition was followed by a concert with the participation of talented musicians, winners of international competitions.

Laman Ismayilova is the journalist of AzerNews, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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Christopher S. Washington