Artist talks :: Stewart Hardie, Hiro Tanaka

Stewart Hardie


Stjuarts Hārdijs

Savā praksē Stjuarts pievēršas sabiedrības attiecībām ar arhitektūru, atmiņu un telpas ierobežotību pilsētvidē. Fotogrāfija viņam ir kā vizuālās arheoloģijas rīks, ar ko pietuvoties mūsu vienmēr mainīgajai ainavai.
2018. gadā Stjuarts saņēma maģistra grādu fotogrāfijā Londonas Karaliskajā mākslas koledžā (Royal College of Art). Uzturējies rezidencēs Ņūkāslā un Parīzē; viņa darbi izstādīti vairākās galerijās Londonā.
Stjuarts strādā arī kā kurators un nesen nodibinājis izdevēju apvienību Folium, kas fokusējas uz neatkarīgām, eksperimentālām publikācijām.

Hiro Tanaka

Hiro dzimis un uzaudzis Japānā un vairākus gadus dzīvojis Amerikas Savienotajās valstīs. Fotografēt un apceļot Ameriku un Eiropu kopā ar amerikāņu pankroka grupām Hiro sāka negaidītu sakritību rezultātā – kāda Tokijas iepirkšanās centra loterijā viņš nejauši laimēja ceļojumu uz Ameriku. Tūres laikā viens no mūziķiem iedeva Tanakam viņa pirmo fotokameru. Kopš tā laika viņš turpina fotografēt, uzņemt video un kolekcionē dažādus izteicienus un sarunvalodas frāzes angļu valodā. Ieguvis ShainBook balvu (Francija) un ticis vairākām nominēts. Viņa darbi izstādīti vairākos starptautiskos fotogrāfijas festivālos.

Ieeja bez maksas, pasākums notiks angļu valodā.


Stewart Hardie

In his practice, Stewart focuses on our interaction with architecture, memory and the liminality of space within the city. Using photography as a tool for visual archaeology, digging into the surface of our constantly developing landscape. He graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in photography (2018) and has completed residencies at Northernprint, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (2018) and La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2017). Exhibited at Museum of London, Gallery 46, and Hockney Gallery, London. Stewart is also a curator and has recently set up a publishing group Folium which focuses on creating collaborative and experimental publications.

Hiro Tanaka

Hiro Tanaka was born and raised in Japan and has lived in the United States for several years. An interesting coincidence led him to start taking photographs - after accidentally winning a free trip to the US through raffles at a shopping mall in Tokyo, Tanaka started travelling with US punk bands in the United States and Europe, while documenting the tour life. Since then the artist has been taking photographs, shooting video footage and collecting English slang and phrases. He has won Cosmos Arles PDF award (France), TPD book Award (Italy), and has been shortlisted for several awards such as the Kassel Photobook Award, Landskrona Foto Dummy Award, Daylight photo Award and exhibited his work in several international photo festivals.

Free entrance, the event will take place in English.

Aaron Shuman in Riga (second try)

We all try again and are looking forward to host Aaron Shuman in Riga this weekend, provided no more volcano surprises coming up. The lecture “Whatever Was Splendid: New American Photographs” will take place at kim? at 19:00 on Saturday 1 May 2010.

The workshop Aesthetics of nostalgia will run this weekend, 1-2 May. You are welcome to apply for several vacant places till this Friday, 30 April!


Aaron Shuman in Riga: workshop and lecture

In framework of US culture month in Riga “Made in USA“, we are pleased to invite applications to an ISSP-run workshop Aesthetics of nostalgia by a great photographer, editor, writer and curator Aaron Shuman. The workshop shall take place on 17-18 April 2010, at kim? Riga.

The two days course combines lectures, critique, and individual photographing by participants to explore in depth the subject of NOSTALGIA. See complete workshop description here, and apply till 15 April!

Vanessa Winship and George Georgiou in Riga

Yes, its true - Vanessa Winship is coming to visit us again, together with her partner, another great photographer George Georgiou!

The schedule of public events that we are planning in cooperation with kim? :
23 March 2010, 19:00 - Vanessa Winship and George Georgiou: artist talk & works presentation - open event for all interested
27-28 March 2010 (2 full days) - “Documentary practice and narrative, the long term project”: double master-class, workshop - previous application required

ISSP 2009 Exhibition Opening in Riga

We are happy to announce that the ISSP 2009 results are about to be presented in Riga - the ISSP 2009 Exhibition opens on 3 December 2009, 18:30 at Goethe-Institute Riga! All the participants, family and friends of the International Summer School of Photography are invited!

ISSP 2009 exhibition in Riga

The date and time of the ISSP 2009 Vernissage in Riga is 3 December 2009, 18:30, at Goethe Institute !

The exhibition will feature a selection of most vivid works (5 per workshop), to be selected by ISSP teachers. We also very much hope to present the ISSP 2010 Catalogue!
Everyone is cordially invited!

In connection with the Opening we also present first ISSP workshop in Riga: Photoworks presentation: sequence, context & strategies or How To Get Your Work Out in Public by Kai Olaf Hesse from BerlinPhotoWorkshops. Two days, December 4-5, applications till November 20. More information coming soon!

ISSP Club evenings to start from September

We have launched a new activity - a series of ISSP club meetings in Riga! The club evenings will take place with an approximate regularity of every second week. In the programme: ISSP participants’ presentation of completed or ongoing projects, invited artists’ talks, and a special selection of photography-related movies. The main motivation is to keep up the contacts and networking among the ISSP participants.
All ISSP friends are welcome! Information on upcoming events - in your mailboxes, or at ISSP Facebook group.

Ps. Thanks to Jānis & Red Roofs Hotel for location support!

ISSP evening programme

ISSP 2009 is officially launched by now! :) The evening programme Sunday - Wednesday, as well as the Gala Event and the Opening of the Exhibition on Saturday 8 August is open for guests and visitors!