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.”

Call for applications: Middle Town

Dear friends, we are glad to announce an open call for applications for a new project that we will be implementing with our Turkish partners and Dutch agency Paradox in 2012! The project Middle Town: Picturing the Unspectacular will involve 12 photographers from Latvia, Turkey and other EU/neighboring countries and offer two workshops, in Turkey and in Latvia (ISSP). Applications open till 15 January 2012.

Meklējam jaunu komandas biedru!

Uzmanību, uzmanību! Sludinājums! ISSP meklē jaunu komandas biedru - cilvēku, kas interesējās par finansēm un fotogrāfiju!

Call for applications: EIN Lab: Interact!

Jauniem fotogrāfiem, kam interesē konceptuāla un eksperimentālā fotogrāfija! Izsludināta pieteikšanās uz 3 nedēļu foto-rezidenču programmu Berlīnē: EIN Lab: Interact! No Latvijas var piedalīties četri dalībnieki. Pieteikumus gaidam līdz 31.12.2011.

ISSP 2011 Gala exhibition in Riga

Dear friends, our yearly happening is approaching - the opening of the ISSP Exhibition in Riga! 
Traditionally, a selection of ISSP final works will be exhibited at Goethe Institute. The Opening event is on Thursday, 20 October at 18:30. We will also be presenting the ISSP 2011 catalogue and releasing a short ISSP 2011 documentary by Ģirts Raģelis. All the ISSP students, friends and family are welcome! 

David Bate on ISSP

David Bate on ISSP (28 September 2011):

ISSP 2011 was a great experience for me, as I am sure for everyone else who did it. I was amazed at the energy of the event... This is no doubt a 'hothouse environment' which enables passion to turn into production, and production into a critical dialogue and thinking with those who also love photography. Beautifully organized, wonderful location, light and sounds, a real summer treat.

Sākas ISSP Skola

ISSP šodien 1.septembris! Pēc kopīgi pavadītās nedēļas nogales Salacgrīvā, šovakar notiks pirmā oficiālā nodarbība ISSP Skolā. Gaidām ar nepacietību pirmo mācību gadu!

Marcos Lopez on ISSP

Marcos Lopez on ISSP (13 September 2011):

... Fue mi mejor experiencia como maestro en mas de 20 años de trabajo en America Latina y Europa. Creo que los duendes y los elfos del bosque nos ayudaron. Alta calidad humana y artistica. Un excelente grupo organizador, de alumnos y de maestros. Sin duda tiene todos los elementos para ser considerada muy pronto la mejor escuela de Europa. Para mí ya lo es.

Arno Rafael Minkkinen on ISSP

Arno Rafael Minkkinen on ISSP (7 September 2011):

To answer the famous question one gets later in life - where and with whom did you study - I can’t imagine ISSP students not reflecting back instantly on this amazing time of magical learning, creative abandon, intrepid risk taking - and moonlight dancing - not to mention the endless waterfalls and epiphanies of Kuldiga, the perfect location for it all. I know I would. Com’on, I was a student too!

ISSP team by Marcos Lopez

Finally, we have a proper ISSP team portrait. Million thanks for maestro Marcos Lopez for being with us and directing this in the sports hall of Pelči castle. Don't laugh! don't laugh! experience. 

Claudine Doury on ISSP

Claudine Doury on ISSP (2 September 2011):
ISSP is unique, its not surprising that participants apply from all over the world. One week of non-stop creativity in the middle of the forest. All made possible because of the incredible energy of the ISSP team. Special thanks to my students, it was an amazingly talented and lovely group.