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Publication date: July 2019
Cruise is a story about coming of age in which a ferry that goes between Riga and Stockholm becomes a metaphor for the transitional space between being a teenager and becoming an adult. Young people love it, as tickets are cheap and it's a good way to get away from their parents' sight and just let themselves go. The ferry provides all kinds of amusement—karaoke, an evening show with a flamboyant dance performance, gambling halls, a daily lottery, and a disco hall. The entertainment is sort of cliché and sometimes even absurd but, through its banality, the awkwardness of what it means to be human can appear.
Youth is a fleeting phenomenon that is both painful and beautiful, and so is the contrast between the trashy interior of the ferry juxtaposed with the beauty of the sea. Trips on the ferry evoke a sort of nostalgia for the present that will soon be past—the sea surrounding the party is magnificent, but it is also this vast nothingness, ready to just swallow us up.
Ieva Raudsepa (b.1992 in Latvia) holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Latvia and is currently a MFA candidate at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured in publications including i-D, YET, The Guardian, Wallpaper, It’s Nice That, Aint-Bad, and the Latvian Photography Yearbook. Cruise was shown at Riga Photomonth 2016, while the book dummy was shortlisted for the Unseen Dummy Award 2016 in Amsterdam. In Spring 2018, her work was part of Post-Soviet Visions: image and identity in the new Eastern Europe at the Calvert 22.