Portfolio Review - Riga Photography Biennial NEXT 2019

Zanda Puče, from 'Frago'

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Rīgas Fotogrāfijas biennāles programma 2019. gadā tiek papildināta ar jaunu notikumu – portfolio skati. Tās mērķis ir sniegt iespēju satikties gan jauniem, gan profesionāliem māksliniekiem un fotogrāfiem ar nozares pārstāvjiem no Baltijas valstīm un Eiropas – kuratoriem, fotogrāfiem, mākslas zinātniekiem, foto festivālu pārstāvjiem, grāmatu izdevējiem un žurnālu redaktoriem. Portfolio skates uzdevums ir palīdzēt māksliniekiem un fotogrāfiem izvērtēt viņu darbus (portfolio), sniegt profesionālu vērtējumu un vadlīnijas darba tālākā attīstībā, sniegt iespēju veidot kontaktus ar nozares pārstāvjiem.

Portfolio skatei var pieteikties dalībnieki no visām valstīm, bez vecuma ierobežojuma, līdz 2019. gada 20. martam. Lai piedalītos skatē dalībniekam ir jāsagatavo prezentējams portfolio (1-3 darbu sērijas) drukātā vai elektroniskā formā. Dalības maksa līdz 1. martam ir 70 EUR (studentiem – 40 EUR), pēc 1. marta 80 EUR (studentiem – 50 EUR). Dalībniekam tiek garantēti pieci individuāli skates seansi. Viena seansa ilgums 20 minūtes. Valoda: angļu.

RFB portfolio skate notiks 2019. gada 5. aprīlī no plkst. 10.00 līdz 17.00 ISSP Galerijas telpās (Berga Bazārs, Marijas iela 13, k.3, Rīga) un Ziemeļvalstu Ministru padomes biroja Latvijā telpās (Berga Bazārs, Marijas iela 13, Rīga).


Marianne Āgere (Dānija), kuratore Brandta muzejā Odensē

Mihaels Bedovičs (Vācija), attēlu redaktors un foto galerijas “Pavlov`s Dog” īpašnieks

Kristofs Candrovičs (Polija), vizuālās izglītības fonda un Starptautiskā Fotogrāfijas festivālā Lodzā (Polijā) līdzdibinātājs un kurators, Hamburgas Fotogrāfijas triennāles mākslinieciskais vadītājs (Vācijā) un Porto biennāles kurators (Portugāle)

Evita Goze (Latvija), māksliniece, kuratore, ISSP Galerija

Sāra Haklina (Somija), kuratore Laikmetīgās mākslas muzejā KIASMA

Virginija Januškevičūte (Lietuva), kuratore Laikmetīgās mākslas centrā (CAC) Viļņā

Solvita Krese (Latvija), kuratore, Latvijas Laikmetīgās mākslas centra vadītāja

Šoeira Mavliana (Lielbritānija), Photoworks direktore

Adoms Narkevičs (Lietuva), kurators Mākslas un izglītības centrā “Rupert”

Andreas Nilsons (Zviedrija), kurators, rakstnieks un kuratora asistents Modernās Mākslas muzejā Malmē

Šelda Puķīte (Latvija), mākslas kritiķe un Rīgas Fotogrāfijas biennāles kuratore 

Vilma Samuļonīte un Gītis Skudžinsks (Lietuva), NoRoutine Books dibinātāji

Amēlija Šīle (Vācija), “Unseen” kuratore


In 2019, the Riga Photography Biennial Programme will be supplemented with a new event – Portfolio Review. The purpose of Portfolio Review is to create an opportunity for emerging and professional artists and photographers to meet industry representatives from the Baltic States and Europe – curators, photographers, art historians, representatives of photography festivals, book publishers and magazine editors. The objective of Portfolio Review is to assist artists and photographers in evaluating their own work (portfolio), offer professional feedback and guidelines for further development and create opportunities for building contacts with industry representatives.

The Portfolio Review is open to applications from participants from any part of the world, there are no age restrictions, submission period - till 20 March, 2019.Participants must prepare a presentable portfolio (1-3 series of work) either in a printed or digital format. Until 1st March the application fee is 70 EUR (for students – 40 EUR), after 1st March 80 EUR (for students – 50 EUR). Each participant is guaranteed to receive five individual portfolio review sessions. The length of each session is 20 minutes. Language: English.

The participants of Portfolio Review are guaranteed to receive 5 individual portfolio review sessions. The length of each session is 20 minutes. Review language: English. You can select 5 experts of your choice. The Riga Photography Biennial’s team will do its best to allocate selected experts, although we reserve the right to assign different experts to your review sessions if your selected experts are already fully booked.

The RPB Portfolio Review will take place on 5 April 2019 from 10:00 until 17:00 at the ISSP Gallery (Berga Bazārs, Marijas street 13 k.3, Riga) and The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia (Berga Bazārs, Marijas street 13, Riga).


Marianne Ager (Denmark), curator at Brandts Museum of Art and Visual Culture in Odense

Michael Biedowicz (Germany), photo editor and owner of Pavlov’s Dog Gallery 

Krzysztof Candrowicz (Poland), co-founder and curator of the Foundation of Visual Education and the International Festival of Photography in Lodz in Poland, artistic director of the Triennial of Photography in Hamburg in Germany and a curator of Porto Biennial in Portugal

Evita Goze (Latvia), artist, curator, ISSP Gallery

Saara Hacklin (Finland), curator at Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA

Virginija Januškevičiūtė (Lithuania), curator at Contemporary Art Center (CAC) in Vilnius

Solvita Krese (Latvia), curator, director at Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

Shoair Mavlian (England), director, Photoworks

Adomas Narkevičius (Lithuania), curator at Centre for Art and Education Rupert

Andreas Nilsson (Sweden), curator, writer and assistant curator at Moderna Museet Malmö

Šelda Puķīte(Latvia), art critic and curator at Riga Photography Biennial

Vilma Samulionyte un Gytis Skudžinskas (Lithuania), founders of NoRoutine Books

Amelie Schuele (Germany), curator at ‘Unseen’

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 2009 gallery online!

Hallelujah! After a couple weeks of struggle with technicalities, the Gallery of ISSP 2009 final works is available online - see here !

If you still notice any small mistakes, please contact us!

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!

ISSP 2009 participants selected!

The ISSP Selection committee has completed its work evaluating 2009 applications. It was a hard task to select the best 50 (52!) out of 108 - and we did receive more quality applications than we could accept…

Congratulations to the chosen ones! ;) We are looking forward to hearing your participation confirmations soon. And, yes, over ten applicants are currently in the waiting list, in case any places free up.

We also want to thank everyone who applied this year - we really appreciate the interest and hope you try again next year. All of the applicants will very soon receive emails informing of the status.

2009 application process completed

Hey hey! The admission of applications for ISSP 2009 has been completed yesterday - we have received over 100 applications, from over 20 (!) countries. Thanks to all of you for your interest!

The selected participants shall be announced on this site in the beginning of June. We will also inform all the applicants by email.

Till very soon! :)

Vanessa Winship to teach ISSP Workshop nr.5

Good news - the teacher for Workshop nr.5 of ISSP 2009 is finally confirmed! Vanessa Winship (UK) will be giving a workshop on Environmental portrait. Vanessa is a double winner of World Press Photo Competition (1998 and 2008) and a Photographer of the Year 2008 of SONY World Photography Awards. We are very happy for this solution and grateful to SONY for special support. See www.vanessawinship.com for more on the latest addition to ISSP 2009 teachers’ group.

Ps. Applications to ISSP still open until 17 May 2009!

NB! New ISSP 2009 application deadline - 17 May

Dear all! The term for submitting ISSP Applications has been prolonged till 17 May 2009!
We apologise for the delay with 5th workshop announcement, and hope to have the information on the web-site by the end of this week.

Looking forward to receiving your applications!!

Applications to ISSP 2009 now open!

Hey hey! We are glad to announce that the application process for the 4th International Summer School of Photography (ISSP) is now open.ISSP 2009 will take place in Ludza, Latvia from 1 to 9 August 2009.