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 2015 Final Exhibition

We cordially invite all photography lovers to explore the results of the ISSP 2015 - the 10th anniversary edition - at the Final Exhibition in Kuldīga! The group show of ISSP participants' works will be on display until September 20 in Kuldīga Arts Hall. Welcome!

ISSP 2015 - Evening Programme

The ISSP 10th Anniversary Edition will offer a series of fascinating evening presentations and talks by the masters and participants at the ISSP campus in Pelči, Kuldīga district from Sunday August 2 until Saturday August 8. The evening programme is free of charge - all photography lovers are welcome!

ISSP 2015 - workshop for local youth - participants

We are pleased to announce the participants for "Into the Wild", a workshop for local youth run within the ISSP 2015 by Vincen Beeckman (BE) and Vika Eksta (LV).

Priecājamies paziņot dalībnieku sarakstu fotodarbnīcai vietējiem jauniešiem "Ceļojums uz..", ko vadīs Vincens Bēkmans (BE) un Vika Eksta (LV)!

ISSP Skolas izlaiduma izstāde 2013/2015

Laipni aicinām uz ISSP Skolas trešo izlaiduma izstādi - PAZAUDĒTS / ATRASTS galerijā NOASS! Izstādē piedalās 8 jaunie autori, un tā būs atvērta publikai no 3. - 22. jūnijām. Atklāšana 2.jūnijā plkst. 19:00!

Izsludina uzņemšanu ISSP Skolā 2015/2017

Līdz 22. jūnijām var pieteikties dalībai ISSP Skolas jaunajā kursā, kas sāksies 2015.gada septembrī! Pieteikumus gaidām no aktīviem fotogrāfijas interesentiem, kas vēlas paplašināt savu izpratni par fotogrāfijas mediju un iemācīties izteikties ar fotogrāfijas palīdzību, veidojot personiskus autorprojektus. ISSP Skola ir neformāla divu gadu izglītības programma laikmetīgajā fotogrāfijā, kur pasniedz Latvijas labākie mācībspēki.

ISSP 2015 - selected participants

The list of ISSP 2015 selected participants is online - congratulations to 73 photographers from 23 countries! Unfortunately we could not offer places to many more qualified applicants - the waiting list is pretty impressive. We are looking forward to confirmations and to meeting everyone in August! 

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!