Riga Photography Biennal & ISSP Gallery prize winner announced

Annija Muižule. From the series ‘Joyful Businessmen Throwing Papers and Having Fun in the Office’, 2016-2018

Congratulations - the Riga Photography Biennial and ISSP Gallery Award ‘Seeking the Latest in Photography!’ has been presented to Annija Muižule (Latvia) for her series ‘Joyful Businessmen Throwing Papers and Having Fun in the Office’. We're excited to show Annija's exhibition at the ISSP Gallery next spring!

Congratulations also to Reinis Lismanis, who received the special prize - an opportunity to publish his "Trial and Error" series as a photography book with NoRoutine Books!

This is the third year the Riga Photography Biennial’s Award for young Baltic photographers has been presented. The RPB received 53 applications from photographers from the three Baltic States. 15 artists were selected during the first round. The jury nominated 10 finalists who will be invited to participate free of charge in the RPB’s Off-year Programme 2019 Portfolio Review: from Estonia – Aap Tepper, Mari-Leen Kiipli, Hedi Jaansoo; from Lithuania – Vytautas Kumza, Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte; from Latvia – Reinis Lismanis, Annija Muižule, Georgs Avetisjans, Paula Jansone and Annemarija Gulbe. 

The award was presented by an internationally renowned jury - Michael Biedowicz (DE), photo editor and owner of Pavlov’s Dog Gallery; Iveta Gabaliņa (LV), programme director of the ISSP Gallery; Jonatan Habib Engqvist (SE), curator and writer; Sten Ojave (EE), curator at Center For Contemporary Arts, Estonia; Paul Paper (LT), artist and curator; Daiga Rudzāte (LV), editor-in-chief of ‘Arterritory’ culture portal and director of INDIE culture project agency; Amelie Schuele (DE), exhibition manager Unseen; Mitch Speed (CA/DE), artist and art critic; Diāna Tamane (LV), artist and RPB Award winner 2018.

The jury commented on the award-winning series ‘Joyful Businessmen Throwing Papers and Having Fun in the Office’: “Annija Muižule presents a humorous and critical analysis of contemporary photography, where the artist researches the commodification of images and interplays between images and words. This is done through a conceptually clear and remarkably simple gesture of looking at how emotions are expressed through stock images, as well as the indexical signs provided by jpg names. By focusing on the interaction between suppliers and our expectations, her work acts as an inquiry into the role of contemporary photography. It is a pertinent observation of how these images not only represent but also create the way we understand the world.”

EIN magazine #2: Its not good enough?!

The results of an international project EINLab: Interact! are now available in a beautiful online magazine - see the works of 16 young photographers from Poland, Latvia, Slovenia and Germany done at a 3-week residency in Berlin. Featured young talents from Latvia: Ieva Raudsepa, Agnese Mūrnice, Līga Spunde and Una Stade. 

DEPO Istanbul show

News from sunny Istanbul: the complete collection of books and videos created within the Middle Town project will be featured at DEPO Istanbul from 2 to 4 November 2012! 

Contemporary Self Portraits

We are starting a new long-term project Contemporary Self Portraits and Portaits. For two years, a extensive collection of self-portraits and portraits of the inhabitants of Riga will be developed in cooperation with local and foreign artists; the results presented to the public in an exhibition in 2014!
 

Morten Andersen Artist talk: Projects + Books

20.oktobrī plkst 16:00 aicinām uz norveģu fotogrāfa Mortena Andersena darbu prezentāciju, kas sniegs ieskatu mākslinieka autor projektos un mākslas un fotogrāfijas pasaulē aktuālajā neatkarīgās izdevējdarbības (self-publishing) kustībā.  

Baltā Nakts 2012

Šo sestdien ISSP 2012 gala darbu projekcijas tiks demonstrētas divās lokācijās Rīgā: Kaņepes Kultūras centrā un Valdemāra pasāžā.
Laipni lūgti!

 

Jodi Bieber on ISSP

Jodi Bieber on ISSP (29 August 2012):
A magical space for students' struggle, growth and realisations in their photographic development with a lot of fun in between. The passion of the ISSP team carried through to all of us allowing amazing bonds to blossom. PLEASE invite me again!

Phil Toledano on ISSP

Phil Toledano on ISSP (28 August 2012):
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from ISSP, but I was suprised on all counts. The level of the students, and their ability AND desire to go beyond what they were used to. I was surprised by the intensity of the experience - how quickly we became a close-knit community, and by how much I got out of it. I was quite sad, when it was all over.