A collection of documentary photographs by artist Evija Laivina and beautiful flower images captured by Brandon invites you to delve into a visual narrative that unveils the resilience and fortitude of individuals living with SMART syndrome.

At the heart of this exhibition lies the interplay between art and the lived experiences of those affected by this rare condition. Evija Laivina’s documentary photographs provide an intimate glimpse into the daily struggles, triumphs, and moments of vulnerability faced by individuals with SMART syndrome. Brandon’s poetic flower images, infused with meticulous attention to detail, symbolize the universal language of hope—a reminder that even amidst the darkest of times, there exists the potential for renewal, growth, and the blossoming of the human spirit.Evija Laivina (1978) was born in Latvia. Laivina studied Contemporary Art and Contextualised Practice at the University of Highlands and Islands and graduated in 2019 with BA Hons first class degree. Her photography has been recognized by LensCulture 2018 Portrait Award for her project Beauty Warriors and was nominated for Henri Nannen Award in Germany in 2019. Laivina works with photography, in the community and on personal projects. Her art focuses on identity, mental health, beauty, body image, and female issues. She is often taking part in collaborative projects. She lives in Inverness and works at her studio at Inverness Creative Academy.

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Evija Laivina

Opening Event


  • Venue

    Inverness Botanic Gardens

  • Address

    Bught Lane, Inverness IV3 5SS, UK

  • Phone Number

    01463 701019

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