With Yawn of a Sleepy Heart, Dominika Olszowy imagines the bedroom of Veļu Māte, the Latvian goddess who rules the world of the dead. Olszowy’s installation undertakes an exploration of death, its traditional manifestations and the space it is given in contemporary culture. The arrangement of the home is intended here as a field for analysis, where parallels can be drawn between interior decoration and introspection. The space of the bedroom evokes notions of shelter, rest, and dreams, but equally insomnia, nightmares and immobility; facing the void, from hibernation to eternal sleep, death’s own bed offers ambivalent respite.
The installation was prepared as part of the second edition of the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art.