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.”

Pieteikšanās tiešsaistes kursam "Ievads fotogrāfijā"

UZMANĪBU! Pieteikšanās kursam "Ievads fotogrāfijā" pagarināta līdz 8. aprīlim, kad arī notiks pirmā nodarbība.

Atvērta pieteikšanās ISSP Skolas 8 nedēļu intensīvajam kursam "Ievads fotogrāfijā", kas notiks tiešsaistē. Kurss paredzēts ikvienam fotogrāfijas interesentam, kas vēlas apgūt fotogrāfiskās domāšanas pamatus un kameras tehniskās iespējas, pildot praktiskus uzdevumus un piedaloties radošās nodarbībās. Dalībniekiem būs iespēja iespēja saņemt padomus un atgriezenisko saiti no pasniedzējiem Ivetas Gabaliņas un Sandija Ruļuka visā kursa garumā.

Artist talk :: Belarusian photographers in Riga

Trešdien, 17. martā plkst 18:30 aicinām uz tiešsaistes tikšanos ar trīs baltkrievu fotogrāfiem, kas patlaban uzturās ISSP Rezidencē Rīgā - Iharu Hančaruku, Maksimu Saričevu un Violetu Savčits. Viņi pievērsīsies fotogrāfu pieredzēm un fotogrāfijas lomai šajā vēsturiski nozīmīgā brīdī Baltkrievijā, un dalīsies gan ar neseno notikumu dokumentācijām, gan ar personīgiem projektiem, kas tapuši pašreizējās pilsoniskās protesta kustības kontekstā. 

On 17 March 18:30, we invite to artist talk by three Belarusian photographers currently taking part in the ISSP Residency in Riga – Ihar Hancharuk, Maxim Sarychau and Violetta Savchits. They will focus on photographer's experiences and the role that photography plays in this particular historical time in Belarus and will show a selection of images documenting the recent events, as well as recent personal projects.

Belarusian photography residency

We are very happy to welcome three Belarusian photographers selected to take part in our Riga Residency - Maxim Sarychau, Violetta Savchits and Ihar Hancharuk, accompanied by designer Volha Bychkova. They crossed the border safely and will stay in Latvia till the end of March, working on their projects and archives. Big thanks to the Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga for making this residency possible.

Online masterclass - Photography in times of global uncertainty

We are happy to announce an online masterclass with Italian duo The Cool Couple - "LOL: Photography in times of global uncertainty"The masterclass will focus on supporting participants' personal researches that aim to address some of the key issues of the present time. Through a series of group and individual meetings, the participants will learn how to improve their projects by gaining a deeper understanding of the methodology behind a coherent artistic project and will be invited to evaluate and experiment with a wide range of visual languages and methods of presentation, often pushing photography to its boundaries. 

The course will start on 19 February, application deadline - 11 February 2021! 

Online masterclass – Text and Image, Image and Text

We are happy to announce a series of online masterclasses for the period winter - spring 2021!
The first to come is a two month masterclass with Jörg Colberg - "Text and Image, Image and Text". Throughout the history of photography, images and text have been made to work together to communicate something that is beyond their individual abilities. During the course, the participants will develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between images and text and will elaborate their own image-text project. 
The course will start on 9 February, application deadline - 1 February 2021! 

Pieteikšanās kursam "Ievads fotogrāfijā" tiešsaistē

Atvērta pieteikšanās ISSP Skolas 8 nedēļu intensīvajam kursam "Ievads fotogrāfijā", kas sāksies 28. janvārī un notiks tiešsaistē. Kurss paredzēts ikvienam fotogrāfijas interesentam, kas vēlas apgūt fotogrāfiskās domāšanas pamatus un kameras tehniskās iespējas, pildot praktiskus uzdevumus un piedaloties radošās nodarbībās. Dalībniekiem būs iespēja iespēja saņemt padomus un atgriezenisko saiti no pasniedzējiem Ivetas Gabaliņas un Sandija Ruļuka visā kursa garumā.

Book launch – “Seat 68” by Paula Jansone / Paulas Jansones grāmatas “Seat 68” atklāšana

The publisher Milda Books has released a new book “Seat 68” by Latvian photographer, ISSP School’s graduate Paula Jansone. On Friday, December 11, at 6.30 PM an online presentation of the book will be streamed on Facebook.

Izdevniecība “Milda Books” laidusi klajā fotogrāfes, ISSP Skolas absolventes Paulas Jansones fotogrāmatu “Seat 68”. Piektdien, 11. decembrī, plkst. 18.30 tiešsaistē notiks tās prezentācija (angļu valodā).

Aijas Bley ilustrāciju grāmatas “8.b klase” atklāšanas vakars

Aicinām uz Aijas Bley ilustrāciju grāmatas “8.b klase” atklāšanas vakaru 9. decembrī no plkst. 17.00 līdz 20.00, kura laikā ISSP Galerijā būs iespējams (individuāli) satikt autori un iegādāties grāmatu par īpašu cenu.

“8. b klase” veidota kā pusaudzes dienasgrāmata, kas vizuālā valodā dokumentē autores atmiņas par skolā pavadīto laiku. Unikālās 80. gadu sākuma liecības atklāj visdažādākās tēmas - arī mīlestību, sevis meklējumus, pieaugšanu un nāvi.

ISSP Skolas studentu izstāde LOW galerijā

No 1. līdz 12. decembrim laikmetīgās mākslas galerijā LOW ir apskatama ISSP Skolas 2. kursa studentu kopīgi veidota izstāde “Es nākšu rīt”, kas tapusi, autoriem galerijā uz vietas secīgi radot un izstādot fotogrāfiskus objektus. Tā tiek rīkota mākslinieces, ISSP Skolas pasniedzējas Vikas Ekstas rezidences ietvaros. Apskatīties sadarīto iespējams no 1. līdz 12. decembrim, 17:00-20:00. Katru dienu izstādi pieskatīs un par darbiem pastāstīs kāds no māksliniekiem!

SALE :: ISSP plānotājs 2021 / Weekly Planner 2021

Priecājamies ziņot, ka iznācis tēmai “Natural Phenomena” veltīts  ISSP plānotājs 2021. gadam – lieliska dāvana svētkos! To iespējams iegādāties ISSP Galerijā Berga bazārā, internetveikalā, kā arī izmeklētos dizaina lietu veikalos un grāmatnīcās.

We are happy to announce the ISSP Weekly Planner 2021 has been released, featuring original photographs under the theme “Natural Phenomena”. The planner can be purchased at the ISSP Gallery, online, or at selected design and book stores in Riga.

Opening Day :: ISSP Weekly Planner 2021 — Natural Phenomena

Pēc gada pārtaukuma ISSP plānotājs atgriežas svaigā veidolā! Aicinām uz atklāšanas dienu 26. novembrī, kad no 12.00 līdz 20.00 ISSP Galerijā un mūsu internetveikalā to būs iespēja iegādāties par īpašu prezentācijas cenu. 

After a year-long break, the ISSP Weekly Planner returns in a fresh look! During the Opening Day, on November 26, from 12 to 8 PM the Planner will be available for a special launch price both at the ISSP Gallery and online.

The winner of the Riga Photography Biennial – NEXT and ISSP Gallery’s Award 2021

The Riga Photography Biennial’s – NEXT and ISSP Gallery’s Award “Seeking the Latest in Photography!” has been presented to Visvaldas Morkevičius for his series “Looking forward to meet Me”. The special prize – an opportunity to publish a photography book with NoRoutine Books publishing house was awarded to Kristīne Krauze Slucka and her series “Vibrations of a material universe. Thirst of gold”. The winning series by Morkevičius will be exhibited at a solo exhibition at the ISSP Gallery in April 2021.

Rīgas Fotogrāfijas biennāles – NEXT 2021 un ISSP Galerijas konkursa “Meklējam jauno fotogrāfijā!” balvu ieguvis Visvalds Morkevičs ar sēriju “Gaidu tikšanos ar sevi”. Speciālbalvu – iespēju izdot savu grāmatu – izdevniecība “NoRoutine Books” piešķīra Kristīnei Krauzei Sluckai par projektu “Materiālā visuma vibrācijas. Zelta slāpes”. Visvalda Morkeviča darbi būs redzami personālizstādē ISSP Galerijā 2021. gada aprīlī.