Evija Laivina (1978) was born in Latvia. She started work with photography in 2007. Laivina studied Contemporary art and Contextualised Practice at the University of Highlands and Islands and graduated in 2019 with BA Hons first class degree. Her photography has been recognized by LensCulture 2018 Portrait Award for her project Beauty Warriors and was nominated for Henri Nannen Award in Germany in 2019. Her photographs are published and exhibited worldwide. Laivina works with various mediums- painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and photography, her focus in art is drawn on beauty and body image, and female issues. She is often taking part in collaborative projects. Currently, she lives in Inverness and works at her studio in Inverness Creative Academy. 

CV
Education:


2020-2021 ISSP ( International Summer School of Photography) mentoring program 
2017- 2019 Contemporary Art and Contextualised Practice BA(Hons) 
2016- 2017 Contemporary Art Practice HND 
2014-2015 NC Art and Design 


Solo Exhibitions:

10.09.2019-30.09.2019 ‘Women With Flowers’, Nairn Book and Arts festival.
26.05.2009-15.06.2009 ‘Dzīves karnevāls’ (‘The Carnival of Life’) solo exhibition, Café Gourmand, Cesis, Latvia 

Group Exhibitions:

2021. 6- 30.  September 'Ode to Oikos' Flow Festival & Nairn Community and Arts Centre (Co-curated with photographer Hannah Laycock)
2021. March -September ‘Highland Creatives’ Inverness Airport, organised by Wasps and UHI with photo project ‘The Hoarder’
2020. 10- 20.12  ‘Supermarket’, Inverness Victorian Market
2020. July- August  ‘Looking Out’ Virtual group exhibition on Kunstmatrix, part of Birdhouse Collective.
2019   12.07- 31.08 Benidorm Expone ‘La Vida Es Sueño’ (‘The Life is a Dream’), Benidorm, Spain.
2019   4.07- 13.07 ‘Parade’ Circus Artspace, Inverness Creative Academy
2019. 11.05 18.05. RISE, Inverness Museum and art Gallery 
2019. 12.02.-23.02. Beamer 4, Uist Taigh Cheasabhaghf
2019. 9.11. - 11.11. ‘Some Things Leave a Lasting Scar’ The Birdhouse Collective, Forres
2018. 29.09. The Birdhouse Collective Pop up photography exhibition, Forres
2018. 05.06-26.06 Lonely Art Club members open exhibition, Inverness UHI
2018. 27.05-30.09. Ist gut nicht gut genug? The Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon, Switzerland 
2018. 23.05- 1.06. TBC creative exhibition, Inverness UHI
2017. 2.09-30.09. Eden Court, Inverness, FLOW PHOTOFEST 2017
2017. 7.06.17- 10.06. Inverness Museum & Art Gallery ‘Lonely Arts Exhibition’ 
2017. 29.05. Inverness College UHI End of the year exhibition ‘Subversion’ 
2016. 3.05.  – 5.05. ‘Connections’ Art & Design Exhibition hosted by Dicksons of Inverness 
2014 November 8, 2014- February 1, 2015 ‘The CD Collection” at Inchmore Gallery, Inverness
2009. 22.10.08- 3.01. ‘Tiko Precējušies’ (‘Just Married’) wedding photography group exhibition Cesis, Latvia
2009. 1.02 – 15.02. Fotobiedrība Salacgrīva ‘Meklējam Ziemu’ (Salacgriva’s Photographers Association, ‘Looking for Winter’) group exhibition, Salacgriva Community Centre, Latvia


Awards:

2020 VACMA Scotland ( Visual Arts and Crafts Award)  2020 (winner)
2019 Henri Nannen Award 2019 Nomination in Art Photography category (nomination)
2017 LensCulture Portrait Awards 2017, Student Spotlight (Winner)

Press (selection)

‘Inverness Courier’ May, 17th 2019 ’Students RISE to occasion as their work goes on show’ pg 6
‘Highland News’ May, 2017, ‘International acclaim for art student’ pg 19
Süddeutche Zeitung Magazin Nr. 10, 2018 ‘Bin Ich Shön?” cover image, 6 pages, text Lara Fritze 
Vogele Kultur Bulletin,Ausgabe 105, throughout the issue, interview, images.
NRC Handlesbad  (Netherlands) 22.May, 2017, First page
Fisheye Magazine, N29, 2017, France and China issue ‘Corps Modeles’, text Carole Coen

Publications

 ‘Superbia, Im Labyrinth des Hochmutes und der Eitelkeit’  2020, Rhein- Kreis Neuss, Kulturzentrum Sinsteden and die Autoren  ISBN 978-3-9815745-9-3
Remaking the Human: Cosmetic Technologies of Body Repair, Reshaping, and Replacement: 2 (Politics of Repair, 2), Alvaro Jarrin, Chiara Pussetti, 2021,April Berghahn Books  ISBN-10 : 1800730314
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