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.

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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

Aaron Shuman in Riga (second try)

We all try again and are looking forward to host Aaron Shuman in Riga this weekend, provided no more volcano surprises coming up. The lecture “Whatever Was Splendid: New American Photographs” will take place at kim? at 19:00 on Saturday 1 May 2010.

The workshop Aesthetics of nostalgia will run this weekend, 1-2 May. You are welcome to apply for several vacant places till this Friday, 30 April!

THE APPLICATIONS TO ISSP 2010 ARE WELCOME TILL 10TH MAY WITHOUT CHANGES.

Aaron Shuman in Riga: workshop and lecture

In framework of US culture month in Riga “Made in USA“, we are pleased to invite applications to an ISSP-run workshop Aesthetics of nostalgia by a great photographer, editor, writer and curator Aaron Shuman. The workshop shall take place on 17-18 April 2010, at kim? Riga.

The two days course combines lectures, critique, and individual photographing by participants to explore in depth the subject of NOSTALGIA. See complete workshop description here, and apply till 15 April!

Vanessa Winship and George Georgiou in Riga

Yes, its true - Vanessa Winship is coming to visit us again, together with her partner, another great photographer George Georgiou!

The schedule of public events that we are planning in cooperation with kim? :
23 March 2010, 19:00 - Vanessa Winship and George Georgiou: artist talk & works presentation - open event for all interested
27-28 March 2010 (2 full days) - “Documentary practice and narrative, the long term project”: double master-class, workshop - previous application required

ISSP 2009 Exhibition Opening in Riga

We are happy to announce that the ISSP 2009 results are about to be presented in Riga - the ISSP 2009 Exhibition opens on 3 December 2009, 18:30 at Goethe-Institute Riga! All the participants, family and friends of the International Summer School of Photography are invited!

ISSP 2009 exhibition in Riga

The date and time of the ISSP 2009 Vernissage in Riga is 3 December 2009, 18:30, at Goethe Institute !

The exhibition will feature a selection of most vivid works (5 per workshop), to be selected by ISSP teachers. We also very much hope to present the ISSP 2010 Catalogue!
Everyone is cordially invited!

In connection with the Opening we also present first ISSP workshop in Riga: Photoworks presentation: sequence, context & strategies or How To Get Your Work Out in Public by Kai Olaf Hesse from BerlinPhotoWorkshops. Two days, December 4-5, applications till November 20. More information coming soon!

ISSP Club evenings to start from September

We have launched a new activity - a series of ISSP club meetings in Riga! The club evenings will take place with an approximate regularity of every second week. In the programme: ISSP participants’ presentation of completed or ongoing projects, invited artists’ talks, and a special selection of photography-related movies. The main motivation is to keep up the contacts and networking among the ISSP participants.
All ISSP friends are welcome! Information on upcoming events - in your mailboxes, or at ISSP Facebook group.

Ps. Thanks to Jānis & Red Roofs Hotel for location support!

ISSP evening programme

ISSP 2009 is officially launched by now! :) The evening programme Sunday - Wednesday, as well as the Gala Event and the Opening of the Exhibition on Saturday 8 August is open for guests and visitors!