“Seeking the Latest in Photography!” 2021 Award

Until 20 September 2020 young artists from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are invited to submit their work for the Riga Photography Biennial – NEXT 2021 Award “Seeking the Latest in Photography!”. The award winner will be offered a solo exhibition at the ISSP Gallery in Riga in April 2021. The gallery will also host the RPB award ceremony.

The goal of the award is to discover and appraise the creative efforts of young artists who demonstrate the power of the image in their works, offering an original point of view and conceptual depth reflecting our current times. The Riga Photography Biennial – NEXT is seeking portfolios of artists who stimulate discussion and offer diverse ideas. At the same time, we wish to provide a public platform for young artists at the beginning of their creative journey in photography or a medium associated with it, so that they can present themselves to a wider audience.

Who can apply?

The competition is open to emerging artists and photographers from the Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – provided that the work they are entering the competition was created within the last three years.

Selection process and jury

The winner of the prize will be determined by an international jury comprised of Saara Hacklin (FI), curator at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art; Valentinas Klimašauskas (LT), curator, writer and curator of the 14th Baltic Triennial; Adam Mazur (PL), art critic, art historian and curator; Elena Vaninetti (IT), curator and editor at YET Magazine; Audrey Hoareau (SZ), artistic director of Photo Basel; Lura Toots (EE), Curator and project manager of Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM) and Evita Goze (LV), artist, curator, journalist and ISSP Gallery representative.

The award winner will be offered a solo exhibition in April 2021 at ISSP Gallery within the framework of the Riga Photography Biennial – NEXT 2021 programme. The jury members will nominate five finalists (including the winner) who will present their work at the exhibition launch and ten finalists who will be granted the opportunity to participate free of charge in the NEXT 2021 programme portfolio review. Gytis Skudžinskas and Vilma Samulionyte (LT), the founders of NoRoutine Books, will select one of the participants for their own award – the opportunity to publish a photo book.

Application procedure

1. Applicants must fill in an application form, indicating their date and place of birth, current residence (if it differs from their postal address), information about their project and an outline of their creative biography, which must include their education and creative experience.
2. Applicants must submit 10–15 photographs (artwork created in the past three years, or a project still in progress). Works must be in JPG format, and the size of an individual file may not exceed 1000 px on the longest side. The size of an individual file may not exceed 1.5 MB. The images must be marked with: first name_ last name_number in order, for example, “anna_straume_01.jpg”.
3. If the overall size of materials to be submitted exceeds 20 MB, then the works must be sent via wetransfer.com to the address balva@rpbiennial.com.

Dates for submission and further process

August 3 to September 20, 2020 – acceptance of submissions
October 5, 2020 – 15 applicants are notified to take part in the second round
November 2, 2020 – the winners are announced
If the project selected for the final is still in the process of being finalised, the finished project must be submitted by January 8, 2021.

Exhibition preparation

The organisers of the award will contact the winner to coordinate preparation and transportation of the work to be exhibited. The artist is responsible for packaging and preparing the work to be transported. After the exhibition has closed, all exhibited work will be returned to the address indicated by the artist. Transportation costs to and from the exhibition will be paid for by the organisers. If required, expenses relating to preparing the work for the exhibition will also be reimbursed.

Copyright

In submitting their works to the competition, participants agree that the Riga Photography Biennial, ISSP Gallery and third persons will be allowed to use those works, without payment, to advertise the Riga Photography Biennial – NEXT 2021 as well as the award, and the work may be used in publicity materials connected with the biennial and the award. Copyright remains with the respective artists.

The Riga Photography Biennial is an international contemporary art event focusing on the analysis of visual culture and artistic representation. The term ‘photography’ in the title of the biennial is used as an all-embracing concept encompassing a mixed range of artistic image-making practices that have continued to transform the lexicon of contemporary art in the 21st century. The biennial’s off-year programme, titled NEXT, focuses mainly on young and promising artists from the Baltics, Nordic countries and Europe who are still in the early stages of their careers. The Riga Photography Biennial – NEXT offers visibility and provides a platform for promising young artists to announce themselves to a wider audience and context. The third edition of the NEXT festival will take place in spring of 2021.

The winners of the RPB 2016 Award were Vika Eksta (LV), Andrejs Strokins (LV) and Alissa Nirgi (EE). The 2018 winners were Diāna Tamane (LV), Taavi Suisalu (EE) and Kristīne Madjare (LV). The 2019 winner was Annija Muižule (LV). The winners of the NoRoutine Books award were Ieva Balode (LV) in 2016, Madara Gritāne (LV) in 2018 and Reinis Lismanis (LV) in 2019.

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Līdz 20. septembrim jaunie mākslinieki no Latvijas, Lietuvas un Igaunijas aicināti pieteikt savus darbus Rīgas Fotogrāfijas biennāles – NEXT balvai 2021 ”Meklējam jauno fotogrāfijā!”. Balvas ieguvēja izstāde un uzvarētāju apbalvošana notiks 2021. gada aprīlī ISSP Galerijā.

Balvas mērķis ir atklāt un novērtēt jaunos māksliniekus, kuri savos darbos demonstrē attēla spēku, piedāvā oriģinālu, laikmetam atbilstošu skatījumu un konceptuālu dziļumu. Rīgas Fotogrāfijas biennāle – NEXT meklē tādu autoru darbus, kuri rosina diskusijām un piedāvā daudzveidīgas idejas. Vienlaicīgi vēlamies nodrošināt publisku platformu jaunajiem māksliniekiem, kuri uzsāk radošos meklējumus fotogrāfijā vai ar to saistītā medijā, piesakot sevi plašākai auditorijai.

Kurš var pieteikties?

Konkursā tiek aicināti iesniegt darbus Baltijas valstu – Igaunijas, Latvijas un Lietuvas – mākslinieki un fotogrāfi, kuri ir savas karjeras sākuma posmā un kuru balvai pieteiktie darbi ir tapuši pēdējo 3 gadu laikā.

Darbu atlase un žūrija

Balvas ieguvēju noteiks starptautiska žūrija. To pārstāvēs Laikmetīgās mākslas muzeja KIASMA kuratore Sāra Haklina (Saara Hacklin, FI), kurators, rakstnieks un 14. Baltijas triennāles kurators Valentīns Klimašausks (Valentinas Klimašauskas, LT), mākslas kritiķis, vēsturnieks un kurators Adams Mazurs (Adam Mazur, PL), kuratore un žurnāla YET redaktore Elēna Vanineti (Elena Vaninetti, IT), Photo Basel mākslinieciskā vadītāja Odrija Oaro (Audrey Hoareau, SZ), Igaunijas Laikmetīgā mākslas muzeja kuratore un projektu vadītāja Laura Totsa (Laura Toots, EE), kuratore, māksliniece, žurnāliste, ISSP Galerijas pārstāve Evita Goze (LV).

Balvas ieguvējam būs iespēju veidot personālizstādi 2021. gada aprīlī ISSP Galerijā (Berga Bazārs, Marijas iela 13 k-3, Rīga) Rīgas Fotogrāfijas biennāles – NEXT 2021 programmas ietvaros. Balvas žūrija nominēs 5 finālistus (ieskaitot uzvarētāju), kuri prezentēs savus darbus izstādes atklāšanas ietvaros un 10 finālistus, kuriem tiks piešķirta iespēja bez maksas piedalīties NEXT 2021 programmas portfolio skatē. Vienu no balvām piešķirs NoRoutine Books dibinātāji Vilma Samuļonīte un Gītis Skudžinsks (Vilma Samulionyte un Gytis Skudžinskas, Lietuva) – tās ieguvējam būs iespēja izdot savu foto grāmatu.

Iesniegšanas procedūra

1. Pieteicējam jāaizpilda iesnieguma veidlapa, kurā jānorāda dzimšanas dati, vieta un šī brīža dzīves vieta (ja tā atšķiras no dzimšanas vietas); informācija par projektu un radošās biogrāfijas apraksts, kurā jāiekļauj izglītība un pieredze.
2. Jāiesūta 10–15 attēli (mākslas darbs, kas ir radīts pēdējo 3 gadu laikā vai vēl ir tapšanas procesā). Iesūtīto darbu parametri – JPG, viena faila izmērs nedrīkst pārsniegt 1000 px garākajai malai. Viena faila izmērs nedrīkst pārsniegt 1,5 MB. Attēli jāapzīmē: vārds_ uzvārds_kārtas numurs, piemēram, “anna_straume_01.jpg”.
3. Ja kopējais iesniedzamo materiālu izmērs pārsniedz 20 MB, tad darbi jāiesūta caur wetransfer.com uz adresi balva@rpbiennial.com.

Iesniegšanas un turpmākā procesa datumi

2020. gada 3. augusts līdz 20. septembris – iesniegumu pieņemšana;
2020. gada 5. oktobris - tiks paziņoti otrās kārtas pretendenti - 15 autori;
2020. gada 2. novembris - tiks paziņoti uzvarētāji;
Līdz 2021. gada 8. janvārim uzvarētājam jāiesūta gatavs projekts, ja finālam tiks atlasīts darbs, kas atrodas izstrādes procesā;
2021. gada aprīlī notiks izstādes atklāšana, kuras laikā tiks apbalvoti konkursa uzvarētāji.

Izstādes sagatavošana

Balvas organizatori sazināsies ar uzvarētāju, lai koordinētu izstādes sagatavošanas darbus un darbu sūtīšanu. Autors/e ir atbildīgs par darbu iepakošanu un sagatavošanu sūtīšanai. Pēc izstādes organizatori nosūtīs darbus atpakaļ uz mākslinieka norādīto adresi. Darbu sūtīšanas izmaksas abos virzienos segs balvas organizatori. Nepieciešamības gadījumā tiks segti arī izdevumi, kas saistīti ar izstādes darbu sagatavošanu.

Autortiesības

Iesūtot darbus konkursam, dalībnieks piekrīt, ka Rīgas Fotogrāfijas biennāle, ISSP Galerija un trešās personas bez atlīdzības drīkst šos darbus izmantot NEXT 2021 un balvas reklamēšanā un ar NEXT 2021 un balvu saistītajos publicitātes materiālos. Autortiesības paliek mākslinieku īpašumā.

Rīgas Fotogrāfijas biennāle (RFB) ir starptautisks laikmetīgās mākslas notikums, kas fokusējas uz vizuālās kultūras analīzi un māksliniecisku reprezentāciju. Fotogrāfija biennāles nosaukumā tiek izmantota kā apvienojošs jēdziens ļoti dažādām attēla veidošanas mākslinieciskajām praksēm, kas 21. gadsimtā turpina transformēt laikmetīgās mākslas valodu. Jau ierasti RFB starpgados jeb NEXT programmā galvenokārt uzmanība tiek pievērsta Baltijas, Ziemeļvalstu un citu Eiropas valstu jaunajiem māksliniekiem, kas vēl ir savas radošās karjeras sākumā. Iepazīstinot ar jauniem, perspektīviem autoriem, starpgada programma nodrošina redzamību un platformu, lai mākslinieki varētu pieteikt sevi plašākā kontekstā. 2021. gada pavasarī notiks trešais NEXT festivāls.

Rīgas Fotogrāfijas biennāles balvas 2016 ieguvēji - Vika Eksta (LV), Andrejs Strokins (LV) un Alisa Nirgi (Alissa Nirgi, EE). 2018 - Diāna Tamane (LV), Tāvi Suisalu (RR) un Kristīne Madjare (LV). NoRoutine Books (LT) balvu saņēma Ieva Balode (2016, LV) un Madara Gritāne (2018, LV).

Image/attēls: solo exhibition by the winner of the Riga Photography Biennial – NEXT 2019 Award ‘Seeking the Latest in Photography!’ Annija Muižule ‘Joyful Businessmen Having Fun in the Office’ at ISSP Gallery. Photo: Ansis Starks

Rīgas Fotogrāfijas biennāles - NEXT 2019 balvas “Meklējam jauno fotogrāfijā!” uzvarētājas Annijas Muižules personālizstāde “Priecīgi uzņēmēji izklaidējas birojā” ISSP Galerijā. Foto: Ansis Starks

ISSP 2018 applications closed - applications to curators' workshop accepted till 15 April

Dear all, the applications to ISSP 2018 are now officially closed, the only exception being a special workshop for curators "Curating Photography: A Laboratory of Ideas, Projects and Practices" by Natasha Christia - applications for this workshop are still accepted until 15 April 2018! We received over 190 applications for the ISSP 2018, to be evaluated by our dear partners from Calvert Magazine, YET and GUP Magazines and Format photography festival - very excited!

SELF PUBLISH RIGA 2018 - submit your photobook dummy!

We are happy to announce the third edition of the SELF PUBLISH RIGA photobook dummy contest! Exciting news – this year we have teamed up with Kaunas Photography Gallery, printing house KOPA and Antalis LT &Antalis LV to publish the winning dummy! Additionally, the author of the best dummy from the Baltic states will be awarded a free place at the International Summer School of Photography 2018 at workshop of their choice. Send us your dummy by 30 April, and take part in one of the central events of the Riga Photomonth 2018!

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!  

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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.

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Call for Applications - International Summer School of Photography 2018

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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

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Information and applications: www.isspmasterclass.com 

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