ISSP FUTURES artists 2023

Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, FUTURES is a Europe-based photography platform bringing together the global photography community to support and nurture the professional development of emerging and mid-career artists across the world. The platform currently has 18 active member organizations. Every year, each member nominates artists to join the platform, who then gain access to a wide network of professionals, markets and audiences increasing their commercial opportunities. Selected artists are offered access to tutoring sessions, lectures, workshops and curated exhibitions organized by the FUTURES platform.

Since joining the FUTURES platform in 2022, we are working towards offering wider networking opportunities presented by the FUTURES network to artists from the Baltic region. In the previous year, ISSP nominated Kristīne Krauze-Slucka (LV), Konstantīns Žukovs (LV), Sergey Melnitchenko (UR), and Kristina Õllek (EE), who together with ISSP curator Iveta Gabaliņa joined the annual FUTURES event in Turin, Italy in November.

This year ISSP nominated 5 artists to join the FUTURES platform – Reinis Hofmanis (LV), Zane Priede (LV), Jurģis Peters (LV), Cloe Jancis (EE), and Ieva Baltaduonytė (LT).

Reinis Hofmanis is a Latvian artist and photographer. He studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover, Germany, and obtained a master's degree from the Visual Communication Department of the Art Academy of Latvia. The artist’s works are characterized by a socio-anthropological point of view, which manifests in an interest in typifying different groups of society, their behavioral patterns and effect on the surrounding environment.

Zane Priede is a self-taught still life photographer based in Riga, Latvia, with a background in design and a passion for photography. She has graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Zane creates imaginary and surreal scenes from everyday objects, infusing them with fantasy. Her deep fascination with architecture and design can be seen in her approach to constructing scenes with small-scale objects. Additionally, her interests in science, biology, and psychology are evident in her visual explorations, adding a playful approach to storytelling.

Jurģis Peters is a new media artist currently based in Riga, Latvia. He is mainly interested in visual explorations of the impact and consequences of various advances in technology. One of the main focuses of his work is Artificial Intelligence (AI) both as a medium and as a conceptual basis. Having a strong background in technologies and the IT industry, Jurģis often writes his own algorithms and tools. Jurģis has graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia with an MA in Audiovisual Arts, and from the University of Birmingham (UK) with an MSc in Cyber Security and BSc in Digital Media Technology.

Cloe Jancis is an  Estonian artist working in the media of photography, video, drawing and installation. She graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts with a bachelor’s degree in photography (2018) and is currently studying in the master’s programme of the Faculty of Liberal Arts at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Jancis is fascinated by the social image, everyday roles of women and the myths, expectations and feelings related to these. In recent years, she has focused on objects and rituals associated with performing femininity.

Ieva Baltaduonytė is an emerging Lithuanian lens-based artist. She holds a BA in Photography from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Informed by her own personal experience of migration, her work engages with topics and issues relating to migratory culture. Ieva is preoccupied with revealing personal and collective narratives where trauma, identity and memory encourage a deeper engagement with cross-cultural dialogue. By using photography for both personal expression and to foster a critical dialogue with contemporary society, she invites the viewer to participate in societal debates, foregrounding human experiences, and exposing what is otherwise obscured or ignored.

Open call: ISSP Riga Residency 2024

A new open call for residencies between March and August 2024 is now open! The ISSP Riga Residency provides an opportunity for concentrated work on a personal research or art project or much needed time to rethink and complete ongoing work. We welcome photographers and artists interested in exploring the local social and cultural context and connecting to ISSP platform of activities.
Application deadline: February 15! 

Artist talk un izstādes tūre ar Santu Franci

Trešdien, 14. februārī, plkst. 18.30 notiks tikšanās ar izstādes "Esmu redzams šajā attēlā, un man tas nepatīk" mākslinieci Santu Franci. Māksliniece iepazīstinās ar savu radošo darbību, iedvesmas avotiem un pieredzi Latvijas mākslas telpā. Savukārt 15. februārī plkst. 18.00 aicinām uz izstādes tūri, kurā būs iespēja mākslinieces vadībā apmeklēt izstādi un uzzināt par tās tapšanas procesu. Ieeja abos pasākumos bez maksas.

Meklējam komunikācijas speciālistu

Meklējam kolēģi! No 1. marta aicinām pievienoties ISSP komandai KOMUNIKĀCIJAS SPECIĀLISTU/-I (pilna slodze). Komunikācijas speciālists plāno un īsteno aktuālās ISSP pasākumu un projektu komunikācijas, ieskaitot ISSP Galerijas, ISSP Skolas izglītības programmas (isspskola.lv), ISSP Rezidenču programmas un citu ISSP vietējo un starptautisko projektu un aktivitāšu komunikācijas. Pieteikumus gaidīsim līdz 3. februārim.

Jaunums: Santas Frances izstādei tapis mācību materiāls skolēniem

Santas Frances izstādei "Esmu redzams šajā attēlā, un man tas nepatīk" veidotā darba lapa palīdzēs sākumskolas un pamatskolas skolēniem izzināt izstādi un izprast tās konceptus, analizējot mākslas darbus un veidojot savu vāzes interpretāciju. Darba lapu var aizpildīt jebkurā izstādes apmeklējuma laikā! Visi nepieciešamie materiāli ir nodrošināti.

Atvērta pieteikšanās ziemas-pavasara ievadkursiem

Ziemas-pavasara semestrī ISSP Skola aicina apgūt fotogrāfiskās domāšanas pamatus un kameras tehniskās iespējas intensīvā divu mēnešu kursā “Ievads fotogrāfijā” – šobrīd atvērta pieteikšanās gan tiešsaistes, gan klātienes grupām. Kurss notiek jau ceturto gadu un to vada pieredzējuši pasniedzēji un fotogrāfi Kristīne Krauze-Slucka, Kristīne Madjare un Ingus Bajārs. Tiešsaistes kursa sākums jau 29. janvārī, bet klātienes kurss sāksies 4. aprīlī.

Open Call: FUTURES Baltic Talents 2024

ISSP invites artists from the Baltics and Ukraine working within the medium of photography to apply to become a part of FUTURES, the prestigious European-based photography platform dedicated to supporting emerging talents in photography. 5 artists will be selected to join the platform in 2024. The FUTURES platform pools together the experience of leading photography institutions across Europe in order to increase the capacity, mobility and visibility of its selected artists. Application deadline: 21 January.

SALE: ISSP Agenda 2024 / ISSP Plānotājs 2024

ISSP Plānotājs 2024. gadam tagad pieejams ar atlaidi – 16 EUR! Izdevumā estētiskā un praktiskā dizainā ir apvienots nedēļas plānotājs ar pierakstu kladi, tas satur 34 īpaši atlasītus attēlus. Gada tēma – "Rituāls". Meklē plānotāju tiešsaistē un ISSP Galerijā Berga Bazārā.

The ISSP Agenda 2024 now available with a discount price of 16 EUR! The edition combines a weekly planner and a notebook in an aesthetic and practical design, featuring 34 carefully selected images. Theme of the year – Ritual. Order online or pick up a copy at the ISSP Gallery in Berga Bazārs.

ISSP Ziemassvētku dāvanu TOP 10 / ISSP Christmas gift TOP 10

Tuvojas Ziemassvētku laiks, un arī mēs esam padomājuši par skaistām un oriģinālām dāvanām. Ja meklē ko īpašu saviem tuvajiem, ieskaties ISSP Ziemassvētku dāvanu TOP 10! Iegādājoties dāvanas pie mums, tu atbalsti ISSP galerijas darbību, publiskās programmas un pašus māksliniekus. ISSP komanda novēl priecīgus un gaišus Ziemassvētkus!

Christmas time is approaching and we've got some beautiful and original gift ideas. If you are looking for something special for your loved ones, take a look at the ISSP Christmas Gift TOP 10! By buying gifts from us, you support the ISSP Gallery, our public programmes and the artists themselves. The ISSP team wishes you a Merry Christmas!

FUTURES annual publication

FUTURES' newest Annual Publication, Trigger #5: Energy, is an exploration of that question – and broadly thematizes alternative approaches to energy through photography, the issue of society’s decarbonisation, the call for repair and collective values. The publication is available at the ISSP library. 

Rakstu krājuma “WunderKombināts" otrā izdevuma atklāšana

15. decembrī plkst. 18.00 ISSP Galerijā notiks rakstu krājuma “WunderKombināts” otrā izdevuma “WunderKombināts II. Latvijas mākslas gadagrāmata 2023” atklāšana, aicinot pirmssvētku noskaņā klātienē iepazīties ar izdevumu, sastapt tā veidotājus un daļu autoru. No 24. novembra līdz 7. martam ISSP Galerijā ir skatāma Santas Frances izstāde "Esmu redzams šajā attēlā, un man tas nepatīk", kas ir izdevumā ietvertās vizuālās esejas izvērsums telpā. 

“A Queue, Naked Women and Politics": lecture by Indrek Grigor

Wednesday, December 13, at 6 PM, Estonian curator and art critic Indrek Grigor will give a lecture titled "A Queue, Naked Women and Politics. The Story of Woman in Photographic Art, the Most Popular Photo Exhibition in Soviet Estonia". In the lecture Indrek Grigor will share the anecdotal stories about the exhibition and the queues and present the current research that tries to bring attention to the international reach of photography in the 1980s and to the peculiar role that photo clubs. Free entrance.

PRE-SALE: ISSP Agenda / ISSP Plānotājs 2024

The PRE-SALE of the ISSP Agenda 2024 - "Ritual" - has begun! The edition combines a weekly planner and a notebook in an aesthetic and practical design, featuring 34 carefully selected images. Order your copy for a special Pre-Sale price until 1 December!

ISSP Plānotāja 2024 iepriekšpārdošana ir sākusies! Izdevumā estētiskā un praktiskā dizainā ir apvienots nedēļas plānotājs ar pierakstu kladi, tas satur 34 īpaši atlasītus attēlus. Pasūti to par īpašu iepriekšpārdošanas cenu līdz 1. decembrim!