Artist talk :: Demelza Watts, Franek Ammer

Photo: Demelza Watts

Divu ISSP Rīgas Rezidences mākslinieku autorvakars.
A meeting with current ISSP Riga Residency artists Demelza Watts (UK) and Franek Ammer (PL).

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Aicinām neformālā gaisotnē iepazīties ar divu mākslinieku, kas patlaban uzturas ISSP Rīgas Rezidencē, darbiem - tai skaitā projektiem, kurus viņi veido Rīgā.

Demelza Vatsa (dz. 1990) dzīvo un strādā Londonā. Savā praksē pievēršas Ikdienišķajam un labi pazīstamajam. Viņu interesē, kā mājas ietekmē radošo domāšanu - kāda ir to ietekme uz socializāciju, iztēli, spēli, kopienu veidošanu, līdzjūtību un politiku? Kas kopīgs mājām un introversijai/ ekstraversijai? Vai tās var izmantot kā politisku instrumentu? Vatsa fokusējas uz to, kas kopīgs māksliniekam un skatītājam, kā kolāža var sapludināt robežu starp dokumentāciju un aktīvu darbību, apvienojot attēlus, kas sapludina realitāti un fikciju, fizisko un virtuālo, iespējamo un neiespējamo. https://demelzawatts.com

Franeks Ammers (dz. 1988, Lodzā, Polijā). Mākslinieks, kurators un organizators, mācījies fotogrāfiju Lodzas Kino skolā. Viņš ir Lodzas Fotofestivāla kurators, atbild par festivāla programmu, izstāžu, pasākumu un publikāciju koordinēšanu un TIFF Starptautiskā fotogrāfijas festivāla Vroclavā līdzdibinātājs, kā arī Przestrzeń Robocza (Darba telpa) - vietas, kas veltīta eksperimentāliem darbiem vizuālajā un multimediju mākslā - dibinātājs. Prezentācija būs veltīta viņa dažādajām aktivitātēm kultūras jomā, pārslēdzoties no mākslinieka uz kuratoru un organizatoru, lai eksperimentētu, mācītos un dalītos idejās.

Ieeja bez maksas, pasākums notiks angļu valodā.
Foto: Demelza Vatsa

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Two artists with very different backgrounds are currently creating new work as part of the ISSP Riga Residency programme. This meeting will be a chance to hear about their previous work, as well as projects they are developing in Riga.

Demelza Watts (b. 1990) lives and works in London. The everyday and the familiar are essential in Watts’ practice. Her concern is how the home affects creative thought - what is the impact of the home on socialising, on imagination, on play, in making communities, on our compassion and on our political agency? What is the relationship between homes and introversion/extroversion? Can it be weaponised as a political tool? Watts’ focus lays in the common ground for the artist and the spectator, how collage can adjust the boundary between documentation and activity, editing to bring together images that blur reality and fiction, physical and virtual, possible and impossible.
Her recent and upcoming projects include; fingers crossed (solo) at 17five.net, London, UK (2018), Artist in Residence at Nida Art Colony, Lithuania (2018), Collectives not Collections: A Symposium, Raven Row, London (2018), and Artist in Residence at MAWA, Winnipeg, Canada (2019). Watts is co-founder of the public art research project pea proposals (2015-present) and project coordinator of PACTO, a global art collective (2017-present). https://demelzawatts.com

Franek Ammer (b. 1988 in Lodz, Poland). Artist, curator and organiser, studied photography at the Lodz Film School. He is a curator for Fotofestiwal in Lodz, responsible for the festival program, coordination of exhibitions, events and publications. He is also a co-founded of TIFF International Photography Festival in Wroclaw and a co-founder of Przestrzeń Robocza (Working Space) in Lodz - a place dedicated to experimental work in visual and multimedia arts. As an artist he creates photo-objects or objects-photographs that address issues of representation, myths and imagination. His works were presented at individual exhibitions in Miejsce przy Miejscu gallery in Wroclaw (The Valley, 2015) and Mała Czarna gallery at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz (In the Beginning Was the Head, 2017) among others as well on several group exhibitions such as UFO: Visual Lab (Krakow Photomonth, 2017). His presentation will be devoted to engaging in different activities in the cultural field and switching the roles between artist, curator and organiser as different sides of the need to experiment, learn and share the ideas.

Free entrance, the event will take place in English.
Photo: Demelza Watts

Izstāde "Kuldīgas stāsti" Kalnciema kvartālā

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Otrdien, 16. augustā, plkst.19.00, jaunajā ¼ Satori radošajā telpā Berga bazārā ar publisku lekciju uzstāsies vairāku starptautisko balvu laureāts, fotogrāfs, rakstnieks, kurators un pedagogs Arno Rafaēls Minkinens (Arno Rafael Minkkinen).

ISSP 2011 evening programme

The ISSP 2011 Evening programme will present exciting series of presentations and talks by teachers and guests - every evening 20:00, starting from 7 August till ISSP Exhibition Opening on 13th August. The evening talks are open to visitors free of charge - all lovers of photography are welcome.

Public lecture "The Photography of National Geographic Magazine"

An opportunity to learn about the photography of the National Geographic Magazine directly from its chief staff experts - Senior photo-editor Sarah Leen and Creative director Bill Marr. The lecture - presentation is open for all interested. 30 May 2011, at 19:00 at kim?

Aktuāli: ISSP BW lab

ISSP invites all interested in Black and White analogue process and looking for lab facilities to become 2011 members of our BW Lab in Andrejsala (Riga). Lab members can use fully equipped ISSP BW lab for a year - pretty much without any time limits. Full info in Latvian below. For more info, please call Arnis :)

ISSP Exhibition “Reference point” in Riga

A short video-documentation of ISSP 2010 exhibition “Reference Point” currently on show at Goethe Institute in Riga is available on vimeo! For those who still have not seen it, the exhibition  will be on show till January 30.

And, btw, as of January 2011 the ISSP 2010 catalogues and the complete collection of 2006 - 2010 catalogues can be purchased at the Latvian Museum of Photography (you can also take a look at them for free at kim? reading room, Satori, META cafe, Istaba and couple of other places).

Greetings from Ludza - ISSP 2010 Exhibition

The ISSP 2010 Exhibition was festively opened on 7 August 2010. Visitors are welcome to view the entire collection of artistic projects of 65 participants in Ludza till 2 October 2010.

ISSP evening programme open to visitors

The ISSP Evening Programme at Ezersala boarding school (Ludza district) from 1st till 7th August will be traditionally open for interested visitors and guests! Detailed programme in English here.