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.”

Alexander Gronsky & Ksenia Babushkina - Schema

No 28. marta līdz 5. maijam jaunatvērtajā ISSP Galerijā būs aplūkojama Aleksandra Gronska un Ksenijas Babuškinas izstāde "Shēma".

From March 28 till May 5 the exhibition by Alexander Gronsky & Ksenia Babushkina "Schema" will be on display at the new ISSP Gallery.

Call for applications: Stairway to the Photobook - workshop with AKINA books

We are happy to announce an opportunity for photographers and image-makers who are close to completing a project and want to start working towards a publication! A crash course in the complete process of making a photobook: from building up a visual narrative through theoretical tools to practical skills in binding and laying down a production. During 6 days, participants will create their own book dummy under the guidance of inspiring tutors Valentina Abenavoli and Alex Bocchetto, founders of the independent AKINA books publishing house.

The workshop is happening in Riga 28.04 - 03.05.2018. Apply by April 6!


Artist talks in Kuldīga - March 2018

Nākošnedēļ Kuldīgā norisināsies ISSP Starptautiskās meistarklases sessija - aicinām uz lielisko programmas pasniedzēju un dalībnieku atvērtām lekcijām un darbu pezentācijām Kuldīgā no 12. - 15. martam!  

As part of the ISSP International Masterclass 2018/2019 first session in Kuldīga, talks and presentations by programme tutors and participants are open to all lovers of photography and image-based art from 12 to 15 March! 

Innocent Gestures. Artist talk by Rafal Milach

Sestdien, 17. februārī, plkst 15.00 ISSP Galerija aicina uz tikšanos ar izstādes “Džentelmeņu pirmais maršs” autoru Rafalu Milahu.

An artist talk by Rafal Milach on Saturday 17 February 3pm at the ISSP Gallery in connection with his exhibition “The First March of Gentlemen”.

Call for Applications - International Summer School of Photography 2018

After a year-long creative break, we are happy to announce the call for applications for the International Summer School of Photography 2018! Coming back with fresh shifts in the programme, ISSP 2018 will feature cutting edge workshops with Jason Fulford, Lisa Barnard, Salvatore Vitale & Sarker Protick, Yumi Goto & Jan Rosseel, a special laboratory for photography curators with Natasha Christia, and a brand new on-campus ISSP Residency! ISSP will take place 28 July – 5 August 2018 in Kuldīga. Applications open till 30 March! 

ISSP atklāj jaunu telpu fotogrāfijai Rīgā / ISSP to open a new photography space in Riga

16. februārī ar Rafala Milaha izstādi durvis vērs jauna, biedrības ISSP veidota fotogrāfijas medijam veltīta telpa Berga Bazarā - mājvieta Latvijā vienīgajai laikmetīgās fotogrāfijas izstāžu zālei. 

On February 16, ISSP is opening a new space dedicated to contemporary photography in the Bergs Bazaar, Riga, launching with Rafal Milach's exhibition "The First March of Gentlemen".

Call for applications - ISSP Riga Residency

We are very pleased to announce the ISSP Riga Residency 2018 – an opportunity for photographers and artists using the medium of photography to develop work in Riga. Application deadline - 1st of March.

More about the residency and applications HERE.

Call for Applications - ISSP International Masterclass 2018/2019

The applications for the next round of the ISSP International Masterclass are now open! The programme offers a year-long mentorship for 24 emerging photographers, with three intense workshop sessions between Kuldīga and Sicily and online feedback in between. The mentors for 2018/2019 are Peter Bialobrzeski ("A Sense of Change") and Clare Strand and Gordon MacDonald ("Answering Questions & Questioning Answers"). The programme will start in March 2018, applications accepted by 10 January 2018!
Information and applications: www.isspmasterclass.com 

ISSP Masterclass evening talks in Kuldīga

An exciting programme of evening talks by our special guests Emma Bowkett, Teun van der Heijden, Lars Willumeit and The Cool Couple will be open to the public in Kuldīga as part of the final session of the 2016/2017 ISSP International Masterclass!

Visu nedēļu Kuldīgā piedāvājam aizraujošu vakara programmu ar fotogrāfijas jomas ekspertiem, bet sestdien aicinām uz ISSP Starptautiskās Meistarklases 2016/2017 izstādes atklāšanu Kuldīgas Mākslas namā. 

The Cool Couple: atvērtā lekcija Rīgā

Šo trešdien, 11.oktobrī, plkst. 18.30 notiks Kuldīgas Fotogrāfijas rezidences mākslinieku The Cool Couple autorvakars Rīgā, ISSP Skolas telpās, Raiņa bulvārī 31-11. 

The Cool Couple ir mākslinieku duets no Itālijas – Nikolo Benetons (Niccolò Benetton, 1986) un Simone Santilli (1987) – kas savos darbos pievērš uzmanību spriedzes punktiem cilvēku ikdienas mijiedarbībā ar attēliem. Mākslinieki izmanto dažādus, brīžiem pārsteidzošus izteiksmes veidus – no laikmetīgās fotogrāfijas līdz meditācijas tehnikām, no elektrostatiskajām salvetēm līdz ķīniešu kavergrupas mūzikas ierakstiem.

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