ISSP Evening Programme in Kuldīga

The talks will be held in English at Kuldiga Art School. Free entrance. 

Lekcijas notiks Kuldīgas Mākslas skolā angļu valodā. Ieeja brīva.

Tuesday 12 March
20:00 Doris Gassert, Curator, Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH)
"SITUATIONS and Post-Photography"
Doris will speak about the SITUATIONS programme at Fotomuseum Winterthur, and about what is sometimes referred to as „post-photography“ - a reflection on current changes within photographic culture and the expansion of photographic media in reaction to digital media and technologies.

Doris Gassert is Research Curator at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, where she co-curates SITUATIONS, runs the blog Still Searching… and is responsible for Fotomuseum’s publications. With SITUATIONS, a research lab and exhibition format that investigates current changes in photographic media and culture, she helps develop Fotomuseum’s program and understanding of post-photography. She holds a PhD in media studies from the University of Basel, Switzerland, where she teaches media aesthetics, with a focus on the intermediality and epistemology of photography and the politics of representation.

Wednesday 13 March
20:00 Aron Morel, Publisher, Founder of Morel Books (UK)
"Positions on books and publishing"
The talk will cover a number of key points in relation to the photobooks - the importance of content, different types of publishing, the pros and cons of self-publishing vs cooperating with the publisher, finding the money and other key elements to take into account when making a book.

Aron Mörel is a London-based non-profit independent publisher specializing in limited edition photo and art books. Mörel’s intimate and playful while respectful collaboration with artists is what defines his collections best. Mörel Books is “the final step in an artist’s process and encourages the artist to engage in the conception, design, and feel of the book.” Morel looks at books and artists democratically - with a constant output of established artist as well as emerging artists - including the likes of Antony Cairns, Alix Marie, Thomas Ruff, Boris Mikhailov, Marie Angeletti, Corinne Day to mention a few.

Thursday 14 March
20:00 Peggy Sue Amison, Artistic Director, East Wing Doha Gallery (Qatar-Berlin)
“Whats next? - professionalizing artistic practice"
The talk will cover the key aspects important for the artists who wish to 'clean up their act' and professionalize their practice. Such as 'How do curators work?', 'How does one approach a gallery?', 'How should an artist use social media to promote their works?', 'How to make use of workshops and other events like portfolio reviews, festivals and art fairs?' As well as practical tips on printing editions and copyright issues involved in posting works on the internet.

Peggy Sue Amison is Artistic Director of East Wing; a platform for photography, founded in Doha, Qatar. She is also an independent producer, exhibition curator, consultant, collaborator, editor and writer. Peggy Sue was the former Artistic Director of Sirius Arts Centre, a multidisciplinary non profit artist residency and exhibition programme in Ireland; one of the founding Board Members of Belfast Photo Festival, N. Ireland; and long-term collaborator with Picture Berlin, an artist residency in Germany. Her curatorial practice has taken her to the UAE, Ireland, China, Germany, Denmark, Poland and the USA. Throughout her career first as an artist, and then as an artistic director, curator and producer, Peggy Sue has first-hand experience of the challenges facing artists and organisations and strives to address these issues in her work, championing emerging and established artists and colleagues internationally.

On Saturday 16 March at 18:00 everyone is invited to the opening of the final Exhibition of the works created by the Masterclass participants and the guided tour by the authors! The exhibition will be open at Kuldīgas Mākslas nams until 7 April.

Supported by/ Atbalsta: Kuldīgas Novada Dome, Kuldiga Art School / Kuldīgas mākslas skola, Kuldīga Artists' Residence

Nico Baumgarten book launch and artist talk

6. maijā aicinām uz Vācijas fotogrāfa Niko Baumgartena grāmatas "How the other half lives" atklāšanu, atvērto lekciju un pop-up izstādi ISSP Skolas pagalmā!
On 6 May, ISSP will host the book launch of Nico Baumgarten's new book "How the other half lives", as well as an artist talk and pop-up exhibition!

Riga Photomonth 2015

ISSP is glad to be a partner and co-organiser of Riga Photomonth - the programme of 2015 off-year events start today! We are organising artist talks with Nico Baumgarten and Andrew Miksys and the exhibition of the ISSP students in June!
Mums ir prieks būt par daļu no Rīgas Fotomēneša - 2015. starpgadu programma sākās šodien! ISSP rīko publiskās lekcijas ar Nico Baumgartenu un Andrew Miksys un ISSP Skolas studentu darbu izstādi jūnija sākumā!

ISSP 2015 applications are open!

We are delighted to announce the Call for Applications for the ISSP 2015, the 10th anniversary edition of the ISSP! This August in Kuldīga - storytelling and collage with Jim Goldberg, landscape with Alexander Gronsky, narrative portraiture with Alessandra Sanguinetti, nature stories with Anna Fox, photobook making with Akina Books and Nico Baumgarten and camera obscura experiments with Takashi Homma! Don't miss it - the deadline fo applications is 20 April!

Artist Talks at the Museum

In cooperation with the Latvian Museum of Photogrpaphy, we invite to meet two photographers whose work made in Latvia is currently on show in the Museum! Artist talks by Hirohisa Koike (Japan) and Luca Berti (Italy) on 16th January 18:00!