Evita Goze (1984) is a Latvian photographer, writer and a curator of the photobook festival Self Publish Riga. She received a BA in Photography from University of Brighton, UK, and an MA in Visual Communication at the Art Academy of Latvia. In 2012 she received a grant for exchange studies at the Nagoya University of Arts, Japan. Goze is a member of ISSP, a non-commercial education and networking platform for photographers in Latvia and internationally. Her work has been showed in Latvia, Japan, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands and is part of private collections.
I am interested in notions of masculinity, and how our understanding of it is tied to the military. Military education can serve as a contemporary initiation ritual for adulthood, and at the same time satisfy a romantic boyhood dream of going back to nature. By choosing adolescents who are in the process of learning how to be men as the subjects of my work, I want to emphasize vulnerability, insecurities, inconsistencies, and moments of rest or suspension, and by doing so stress the performative and unstable nature of masculinity itself.