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.”

ISSP 2018 - selected participants

We are happy to announce the list of selected participants for ISSP 2018 - an impressive group of emerging photographers and curators from over 30 countries of the world! We are super grateful to our evaluation experts - Paola Paleari (YET Magazine), Katherine Oktober Matthews (GUP Magazine), Lisa Premiyak (The Calvert Journal) and Louise Clemens (Format Festival) for helping us in the tough task of choosing amongst almost 200 high quality applications! Looking forward for confirmations and for seeing you in Latvia this summer! 

Self Publish Riga 2018 winners announced!

We're excited to announce the winners of the Self Publish Riga 2018 dummy contest! First prize goes to "Daffodil" by Bahadir Aksan (Turkey), a Jury Special Mention to "Y Minsk" by Alexey Naumchik (Belarus) and the prize for best Baltic dummy goes to "Olga" by Zanda Puče (Latvia).

Self Publish Riga 2018

No 10. maija līdz 3. jūnijam ISSP Galerijā notiks SELF PUBLISH RIGA - izstāde, lekcijas un prezentācijas, veltītas fotogrāmatām un pašizdošanaI fotogrāfijā un vizuālajā mākslā, viens no galvenajiem Rīgas Fotomēneša notikumiem, ko jau ceturto reizi rīko ISSP.

From May 10 till June 3 ISSP Gallery will host SELF PUBLISH RIGA - an exhibition, public lectures and presentations, dedicated to photobooks and self-publishing, organised by ISSP as part of Riga Photomonth.

Venēcijas arhitektūras biennāles kuratoru stāstījums ISSP Galerijā

25. aprīlī, plkst 18.30 ISSP Galerija un "Together and Apart" kuratoru komanda aicina uz sarunu vakaru. Latvijas paviljona Venēcijas arhitektūras biennālē kuratoru stāstījums “Daudzdzīvokļu nami Latvijas ainavā” sniegs ieskatu izstādes gatavošanas procesā un pievērsīsies fotogrāfijas nozīmei tajā. Latvijas paviljonam Venēcijā fotogrāfiju sērijas ar daudzdzīvokļu namiem veidojuši Ieva Raudsepa un Reinis Hofmanis. 

ISSP Riga Residency 2018 - selected artists

We received nearly 80 applications for the ISSP Riga Residency 2018 and are happy to announce that the artists selected for the programme are Kenneth Bamberg (Åland Islands/Finland), Theo Elias (Sweden), Josefina Malmegård (Sweden), Bjargey Ólafsdóttir (Iceland), Maija Annikki Savolainen (Finland), Tekla Inari (Finland) and Hiro Tanaka (Japan). Five artists from the Nordic region will receive financial support from Nordic Culture Point. We are excited to welcome them to Riga this year!

ISSP 2018 applications closed - applications to curators' workshop accepted till 15 April

Dear all, the applications to ISSP 2018 are now officially closed, the only exception being a special workshop for curators "Curating Photography: A Laboratory of Ideas, Projects and Practices" by Natasha Christia - applications for this workshop are still accepted until 15 April 2018! We received over 190 applications for the ISSP 2018, to be evaluated by our dear partners from Calvert Magazine, YET and GUP Magazines and Format photography festival - very excited!

SELF PUBLISH RIGA 2018 - submit your photobook dummy!

We are happy to announce the third edition of the SELF PUBLISH RIGA photobook dummy contest! Exciting news – this year we have teamed up with Kaunas Photography Gallery, printing house KOPA and Antalis LT &Antalis LV to publish the winning dummy! Additionally, the author of the best dummy from the Baltic states will be awarded a free place at the International Summer School of Photography 2018 at workshop of their choice. Send us your dummy by 30 April, and take part in one of the central events of the Riga Photomonth 2018!

Alexander Gronsky & Ksenia Babushkina - Schema

No 28. marta līdz 5. maijam jaunatvērtajā ISSP Galerijā būs aplūkojama Aleksandra Gronska un Ksenijas Babuškinas izstāde "Shēma".

From March 28 till May 5 the exhibition by Alexander Gronsky & Ksenia Babushkina "Schema" will be on display at the new ISSP Gallery.

Call for applications: Stairway to the Photobook - workshop with AKINA books

We are happy to announce an opportunity for photographers and image-makers who are close to completing a project and want to start working towards a publication! A crash course in the complete process of making a photobook: from building up a visual narrative through theoretical tools to practical skills in binding and laying down a production. During 6 days, participants will create their own book dummy under the guidance of inspiring tutors Valentina Abenavoli and Alex Bocchetto, founders of the independent AKINA books publishing house.

The workshop is happening in Riga 28.04 - 03.05.2018. Apply by April 6!

 

Artist talks in Kuldīga - March 2018

Nākošnedēļ Kuldīgā norisināsies ISSP Starptautiskās meistarklases sessija - aicinām uz lielisko programmas pasniedzēju un dalībnieku atvērtām lekcijām un darbu pezentācijām Kuldīgā no 12. - 15. martam!  

As part of the ISSP International Masterclass 2018/2019 first session in Kuldīga, talks and presentations by programme tutors and participants are open to all lovers of photography and image-based art from 12 to 15 March! 

Innocent Gestures. Artist talk by Rafal Milach

Sestdien, 17. februārī, plkst 15.00 ISSP Galerija aicina uz tikšanos ar izstādes “Džentelmeņu pirmais maršs” autoru Rafalu Milahu.

An artist talk by Rafal Milach on Saturday 17 February 3pm at the ISSP Gallery in connection with his exhibition “The First March of Gentlemen”.