Katrina Kepule


Katrina Kepule is a photographer based in Latvia. Photography for her is an important way to relate to the world and translate her angle of view to others. It also allows her to get closer to the unknown and to capture something she wishes to hold on to. Her chosen approach in photography relates to subjective documentary.

She received a B.A. in Audio and Visual Culture and Theory from the Latvian Academy of Culture, and also graduated from a two-year informal education program at the International Summer School of Photography in 2014. She has been exhibiting her work in group exhibitions since 2007.

Kepule was selected for the 2014 LENSCULTURE EMERGING TALENTS 2014 top 50, and was included in the following publications and exhibitions.


Sit Silently

Sit Silently portrays the signs of the time in relation to subcultures surrounding the capital of Latvia and its outskirts. Within the project the photographer seeks to identify those points where 'Contemporary Europe' meets different layers of the past (like the Soviet and National Awakening period) which conflict and complement each other at the same time.
This project is also an author's journey of escaping from 'focus' and looking for her own (Latvian) identity or core. If one looks from the East, Latgale is the periphery of Latvia, and Latvia is the periphery of Europe.

The title of the series is an abbreviation of a piece from so called 'Google Poetics' and consists of phrases that are popularly searched on the Internet and are associated with the concept of sitting: "Sit silently /sit silently doing nothing / we sit silently and watch the world "

This reminds of a passage from Franz Kafka:
"You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet."