Evija Laivina

Evija Laivina was born in Latvia and has been living in Inverness since 2009. Laivina currently studies Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Highlands and Islands and is interested in portraiture and staged photography. For FLOW Photofest she is exhibiting photographs from her series Beauty Warriors which received a LensCulture Student Spotlight Award 2017. The photographs feature strange and unusual-looking beauty products bought on eBay, which promise instant cures to almost all beauty problems without surgical intervention.

“To be successful, you must be perfect and look perfect—these are our society’s rules, which we all follow without even realizing how ridiculous the standards are. We often forget about the importance of inner beauty.”