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.”

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! 

Pieteikšanās programmai "Attīstot fotogrāfijas valodu"

Oficiālā pieteikšanā ISSP Skolas divu gadu vakaru programmas ATTĪSTOT FOTOGRĀFIJAS VALODU 2018./2020.g. kursam ir noslēgusies, bet vēl līdz augusta beigām izskatīsim motivētus pieteikumus, jo kursā palikušas dažas brīvas vietas.

Programma paredzēta dalībniekiem ar priekšzināšanām un nodrošina studentiem atvērtu, radošu un kritisku vidi, kurā attīstīt savu vizuālo valodu un individuālo pieeju fotogrāfijā. Strādājot pie nelieliem un arī nopietnākiem autorprojektiem Latvijas un ārvalstu speciālistu vadībā, studenti paplašina izpratni par fotogrāfiju kā mūsdienu mākslas mediju. Vairāk : www.isspskola.lv

Vikas Ekstas izstāde Velnezers

No 9. jūnija līdz 18. jūlijam ISSP Galerijā būs aplūkojama Vikas Ekas izstāde "Velnezers". Velnezers jeb Čertoks - apaļš un dziļš ezers ar ūdeni intensīvi zaļā krāsā - atrodas meža vidū Aglonas novadā. Lai gan ezeru apvij dažādi mīti un noslēpumi, Latviešu folkloras krātuvē par to nav atrodama neviena liecība.

From June 9 till July 18 the exhibition by Vika Eksta "Devil's Lake" will be on display at the ISSP Gallery. Velnezers (Devil's Lake) or Čertoks - a round and deep lake with intensely green water - is located in the middle of a forest in the Aglona district in Eastern Latvia.

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.

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.