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.”

Artist talks: Arnold van Bruggen, Anoek Steketee

You are cordially invited for an artist talk by Arnold van Bruggen and Anoek Steketee Creating through Collaboration - stories on slow journalism & modern documentary on 5 May 18:00. The talk is organised in cooperation with SSE Riga as part of Riga Photomonth 2016. 

Aicinām uz Arnolda van Brugena un Anūk Steketē publisko lekciju Radīt sadarbībā - stāsti par lēno žurnalistiku un moderno dokumentālismu 5. maijā plkst .18:00. Pasākums tiek rīkots sadarbībā ar SSE Riga Rīgas fotomēneša ietvaros.

10 years - 10 photographers

ISSP is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a new publication - the ISSP 10 postcard set showcasing some of the best new Latvian photography by 10 emerging artists, friends and contemporaries of ISSP.

#ISSP10 instagram takeovers

And the birthday celebrations continue! To kick off our eleventh year, we have asked 10+1 great photographers from around the world - our friends, students and tutors - to take over ISSP's instagram for a week with a view of their everyday life and artistic practice. First up - Valentino Bellini in Palermo, Sicily! Follow: www.instagram.com/issp_latvia/ 

ISSP 2016 Applications open!

Dear friends! Finally, our new website is up and ISSP 2016 is OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS! Awaiting a brilliant turnout again - this time with Anouk Kruithof, Paolo Woods, Federico Clavarino, Jason Evans, Alejandro Chaskielberg and Taiyo Onorato!
August 6 - 14 in our lovely Kuldīga. Deadline for applications - 8 May! 

ISSP turns 10

Ladies and gentlemen, association ISSP has just turned 10 years old! // Biedrībai ISSP ir 10 gadu!