The Press House was built in 1978, during the Soviet era. Up to the 90’s when Latvia regained independence, it was one of the only three skyscrapers in Riga and the whole country. Up to this day, a lot of people hold memories and a certain nostalgia about the time that brought forth a feeling for a brighter future.
In the spring of 2014, the old typography wing of the Press House with 11 000 m2 was given to the creative industries. During the first clean-out we found employee ID cards, original building plans, various documents, photographs, stamps, letter boxes and other traces from the old times. Surveying the portraits of the employee ID cards, we decided to turn them into a book. It is the first part of a bigger project which will also include installations, sound and video projections.
Inga Erdmane & Ilze Vanaga