Flâneur Residency in Riga

Flâneur Residency in Riga

2 places: photographers/ artists working with photography
3-4 weeks: April – May 2016 | Riga, Latvia
Application deadline: 3 January 2016

Inspired by the idea of “flâneurism” - seemingly aimless wanderings around the city - the residency is designed for photography artists interested in developing work in and around urban space. The influential 20th century philosopher Walter Benjamin wrote that for a flâneur “the walls are the desk against which he presses his notebooks; news-stands are his libraries and the terraces are the balconies from which he looks down on his household after his work is done”. We’re searching for photographers with an original perspective on present day city-dwelling.

Referring to the idea of a flâneur being closely linked to the life and work of the French poet Charles Baudelaire, we see the residency as an opportunity for the art of imagery and literature to come together. Thus, during the residency the selected photography artists will have an opportunity to collaborate with the excellent Orbita creative collective of poets and artists.

The artists in residency are expected to participate in a public event or pop-up exhibition at the end of their stay, presenting the work created during their time in Riga. The event will be part of the oficial Riga Photomonth 2016 programme and will be organised in cooperation with Orbita.

The Flâneur Riga residency is organised by ISSP in the framework of the “Flâneur: New urban narratives” project.

Who can apply?

Photographers and artists working with photography with an European Union nationality. There are no limitations regarding age, background and photographic style. The residents matching the criteria will be chosen based on the strength of their applications.

Resident support and costs

The residency will host two photography artists in Riga for a three to four week stay, starting in the second half of April 2016. The artists will receive a stipend of 1000 EUR to support their practice and subsistence costs during the residency. Their return ticket to Riga and accomodation will also be covered.

Residents’ obligations

- The residents will participate in the public presentation/pop-up exhibition of their work in Riga (3rd week of May 2016, date tbc).
- The residents will grant the organizers the right to publish the resulting work for non-profit publicity purposes.

To apply
Applications are now closed. Applicants will be notified of the selection results by mid-January.

With any questions about the residency programme, please contact: ieva@issp.lv

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