Baltic Countries Illustration Exhibition „Running With Wolves“
West Hall Upper stand, Level 1, stand No 1C 60B, Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX
“Woman as Werewolf” is a type of wonder tale widespread in Eastern Europe, and is probably of Baltic-Finnic origin. The werewolf phenomenon also fits in the context of the history of medicine as a possible manifestation of a mental disorder called lycanthropy, in which case a person believes he or she is a werewolf, and acts accordingly. A Greek myth tells of Lycaon the ruler of Arcadia who infuriated the chief god Zeus by serving him human meat, whereupon the enraged Zeus torched the king’s house and transformed Lycaon into a wolf destined to live among the wild beasts, forever scared of people.
In Estonian folklore, seeing a wolf was a good omen. “Have a happy journey, and may you encounter a wolf!” was therefore a frequently heard send-off blessing.
ESTONIA: Made Balbat, Katrin Ehrlich, Kristi Kangilaski, Kadi Kurema, Giuilia Landonio, Regina Lukk-Toompere, Jüri Mildeberg, Lucija Mrzljak, Gerda Märtens, Viive Noor, Marja-Liisa Plats, Priit Rea, Ulla Saar, Jonas Taul, Urmas Viik
LATVIA: Elīna Brasliņa, Roberts Koļcovs, Reinis Pētersons, Gunārs Krollis, Anna Vaivare, Juris Petraškevičs, Anda Strautniece, Gita Treice, Arta Ozola-Jaunarāja, Laima Eglīte, Rūta Briede, Gundega Muzikante, Anita Paegle, Aleksejs Naumovs
LITHUANIA: Ieva Babilaitė, Inga Dagilė, Lina Dūdaitė, Lina Itagaki, Rasa Joni, Dalia Karpavičiūtė, Kęstutis Kasparavičius, Aušra Kiudulaitė, Akvilė Magicdust, Martynas Pavilonis, Rimantas Rolia, Elena Selena, Karolis Strautniekas, Kotryna Zylė, Lina Žutautė
Curators of the exhibition: Viive Noor (Estonia), Gundega Muzikante, Silvija Tretjakova and Ilze Marga (Latvia), and Jolita Liškevičienė and Kristina Kleponytė-Šemeškienė (LITHUANIA)