Milda Books is a non-profit, non-commercial Baltic based publisher of documentary photographers, visual writers, artists and visual poets from the CEE region, founded in 2017. Milda Books produces one to three new books each year by contemporary artists and also focuses on authors from abroad who have made their work within this region.
Hear co-founder Kārlis Bergs in conversation with artist Maria Kapajeva discussing her book Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear on Instagram Live as part of BITESIZE BOOKFAIR.
Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear by Maria Kapajeva
Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear is a multi-layered and multi-disciplinary story of the relationships between collective and personal memories by looking at the community surrounding a textile mill in Narva, Estonia, now closed, of which Kapajeva's family was a part.
Seat 68 by Paula Jansone (pre-publication)
While on a vacation to Madeira, a young Latvian woman and her grandmother confront their generational differences.
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Cruise by Ieva Raudsepa
Cruise is a story about coming of age. An overnight ferry ride from Riga to Stockholm turns into a metaphor for the transitional space between being a teenager and becoming an adult.
Homeland: The Longest Village in the Country by Georgs Avetisjans
A multi-layered photographic narrative that explores the sea, the land and memories, this book is about the village where Georgs' Armenian-Greek father once had a dream to build a house for his family.
Why we love Milda Books
Milda Books is one of our favourite new discoveries. We love the way they work with photographers and designers from the Baltic region and Central Eastern Europe to produce beautifully detailed and tactile photobooks that are always a little bit different. Our top pick is Maria Kapajeva’s Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear: a multi-layered story of the relationships between collective and personal memories by looking at the community surrounding a textile mill in Narva, Estonia.
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Produced by Milda Books, 2020
Meet the publisher
Kārlis Bergs, co-founder
Kārlis Bergs (b.1990) is a Latvian photographer who has published two photobooks – Between the Lake and the Sea (2014) and Once a Dream Did Weave a Shade (2017). It must be mentioned that both books are handmade by sewing and gluing the sheets printed in the printing-house. In the first of the books Kārlis documented the everyday of fishermen in the village of Bērzciems, but the latest book is a reflection on the people’s passion for football.
Kārlis has studied photography at the School of Art Institute of Chicago and at the Brighton University. His works have also been published in Latvian Photography 2017.
Georgs Avetisjans, co-founder
Georgs Avetisjans (b. 1985 in Latvia) has graduated from the University of Brighton (UK) in 2016 with an MA in Photography. He has lived in the USA and the UK for seven years and had several exhibitions in Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, China, Netherlands, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, France, Denmark, Poland, and the UK.
Most recently nominated and selected for the Riga Photography Biennial Award 2019 Seeking the Latest in Photography, Poznań Photo Diploma Award 2019, 2nd Prize winner of “Different Worlds 2017” at the Photon – Centre for Contemporary Photography, which showcased recent works of ten young and emerging contemporary photographers from the CEE region and Magnum Photos Graduate Photographers’ Award 2017 in partnership with Photo London and RBB Economics. In July 2018 the photobook “Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country” was pre-launched during the opening week of Les Rencontres d’Arles in France and officially published together with a solo show at the Latvian Museum of Photography in Riga.