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

Paradise conversations: Collage workshop with Michael Holland and Andrejs Strokins

Aicinām piedalīties kolāžas tehnikas darbnīcā "Paradīzes sarunas" ar māksliniekiem Maiklu Holandu un Andreju Strokinu ISSP telpā 1. - 2. decembrī. Pieteikties aicināti fotogrāfi, mākslinieki, kā arī ikviens ar interesi par kolāžas tehniku un vēlmi atraisīt radošumu. Pieteikšanas līdz 20. novembrim!

ISSP invites you to take part in the Paradise Conversations collage workshop with artists Michael Holland and Andrejs Strokins in Riga on December 1 - 2. The workshop is open to artists, photographers and anyone who is interested in the subject and in unlocking their creativity by trying out collage techniques. Apply by November 20!

Guided tour and talk: Solarophytes by Maija Annikki Savolainen

Sestdien, 29. septembrī, plkst. 15.00 aicinām uz mākslinieces Maijas Anniki Savolainenas vadītu ekskursiju izstādē “Solarofīti” ISSP Galerijā, kuras laikā viņa stāstīs par darbu tapšanas procesu un bioloģe Tita Kotilainena sniegs ieskatu savos pētījumos par saules radiāciju un augu bioloģiju. 

Welcome to a guided tour of “Solarophytes” on September 29 at 3PM at the ISSP Gallery during which artist Maija Annikki Savolainen will talk about her creative process and biologist Titta Kotilainen will present her research on sunlight radiation and plant biology. 

Maija Annikki Savolainen - Solarophytes

No 28. septembra līdz 3. novembrim ISSP Galerijā būs apskatāma somu mākslinieces Maijas Anniki Savolainenas izstāde “Solarofīti” (Solarophytes). Izstādes nosaukums veidots no jēdzieniem “solar-” (saules-) un “-fīti” (norāde uz augu vai specifisku biotopu), un tā pievēršas fotogrāfiskiem procesiem, kas neietilpst cilvēkam redzamajā elektromagnētisko viļņu diapazonā. Izstādes atklāšana – 27. septembrī plkst. 18.30.

From September 28 to November 3, the exhibition "Solarophytes" by Finnish artist Maija Annikki Savolainen will be on view at the ISSP Gallery. The title is derived from the terms “solar”- (relating to or determined by the sun) and “-phytes” (a reference to a plant or plant-like organism), and focuses on photographic processes that are not within the visible range of electromagnetic radiation.The opening of the exhibition - September 27 at 6.30 PM.

INFINITE SAUVAGE :: ISSP 2018 Exhibition in Kuldīga

We cordially invite you to the ISSP 2018 exhibition in Kuldīga featuring photographs, books, multimedia works and installations created by the summer school participants  - almost 60 photographers and 12 emerging curators from over 30 countries. Opening - Saturday, 4 August, 19.30!

Esiet mīļi gaidīti ISSP 2018 gala darbu izstādē "Savvaļa". Izstādē redzamas fotogrāfijas, grāmatas, multimediju darbi un instalācijas, ko radijuši šī gada Starptautiskās Fotogrāfijas vasaras skolas dalībnieki - gandrīz 60 fotogrāfi sadarbībā ar 12 jauniem kuratoriem no 30 valstīm. Atklāšana - sestdien, 4. augustā plkst. 19.30!

Jason Fulford - Clayton's Ascent

No 7. augusta līdz 19. septembrim ISSP Galerijā būs skatāma amerikāņu mākslinieka Džeisona Fulforda izstāde "Kleitona lidojums". Nosaukums aizgūts no deviņu stundu lidojuma ar gaisa balonu 1835. gadā. Darba pamatā ir attēli, kas uzņemti laikā no 1997. līdz 2003. gadam, kad Fulfords ar motociklu apceļoja ASV. 

From August 7 to September 20 the ISSP Gallery will host American photographer Jason Fulford's exhibition "Clayton's Ascent" .The title is derived from a nine-hour balloon flight in 1835. Shot between 1997 and 2003 while traveling the US by motorcycle, Fulford’s saturated colors are infused with a veiled foreboding, drawing a blurred line between the real and artificial.

ISSP 2018 - Evening programme

We are back to Kuldīga this year with the International Summer School of Photography! From 29 July - 3 August a series of talks and presentations by the ISSP masters, guests and participants is open for visitors at the campus in Pelči. The final exhibition and outdoor screening in Kuldīga will take place on 4th August. All photography and visual art lovers are welcome! 

Theo Elias / Hiro Tanaka artist talk

Trešdien, 6. jūnijā, plkst. 18:00 ISSP Galerijas telpās notiks ISSP Rīgas Rezidences mākslinieku Teo Eliasa (Theo Elias, Zviedrija) un Hiro Tanakas (Hiro Tanaka, Japāna) autorvakars.

 ISSP is happy to host an artist talk by ISSP Riga Residency artists Theo Elias (Sweden) and Hiro Tanaka (Japan) on Wednesday 6th of June 6PM at the ISSP Gallery.

ISSP Skolas absolventu 2018 izstāde TAPT PĀRTAPT

30. maijā plkst. 19.00 aicinām uz ISSP Skolas 2018. g. absolventu izstādes "Tapt pārtapt" atklāšanu! Izstāde ir šā gada Rīgas Fotomēneša notikums un līdz 22. jūnijam būs apskatāma jaunajā radošajā kvartālā Tallinas ielā 6.  

Autori: Annemarija Gulbe, Elizabete Džeina Rubene, Elīna Semane, Mareks Gaidamovičs, Matīss Galzons, Tīna Zariņa, Viktorija Halilova.