ISSP FUTURES artists 2023

Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, FUTURES is a Europe-based photography platform bringing together the global photography community to support and nurture the professional development of emerging and mid-career artists across the world. The platform currently has 18 active member organizations. Every year, each member nominates artists to join the platform, who then gain access to a wide network of professionals, markets and audiences increasing their commercial opportunities. Selected artists are offered access to tutoring sessions, lectures, workshops and curated exhibitions organized by the FUTURES platform.

Since joining the FUTURES platform in 2022, we are working towards offering wider networking opportunities presented by the FUTURES network to artists from the Baltic region. In the previous year, ISSP nominated Kristīne Krauze-Slucka (LV), Konstantīns Žukovs (LV), Sergey Melnitchenko (UR), and Kristina Õllek (EE), who together with ISSP curator Iveta Gabaliņa joined the annual FUTURES event in Turin, Italy in November.

This year ISSP nominated 5 artists to join the FUTURES platform – Reinis Hofmanis (LV), Zane Priede (LV), Jurģis Peters (LV), Cloe Jancis (EE), and Ieva Baltaduonytė (LT).

Reinis Hofmanis is a Latvian artist and photographer. He studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover, Germany, and obtained a master's degree from the Visual Communication Department of the Art Academy of Latvia. The artist’s works are characterized by a socio-anthropological point of view, which manifests in an interest in typifying different groups of society, their behavioral patterns and effect on the surrounding environment.

Zane Priede is a self-taught still life photographer based in Riga, Latvia, with a background in design and a passion for photography. She has graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Zane creates imaginary and surreal scenes from everyday objects, infusing them with fantasy. Her deep fascination with architecture and design can be seen in her approach to constructing scenes with small-scale objects. Additionally, her interests in science, biology, and psychology are evident in her visual explorations, adding a playful approach to storytelling.

Jurģis Peters is a new media artist currently based in Riga, Latvia. He is mainly interested in visual explorations of the impact and consequences of various advances in technology. One of the main focuses of his work is Artificial Intelligence (AI) both as a medium and as a conceptual basis. Having a strong background in technologies and the IT industry, Jurģis often writes his own algorithms and tools. Jurģis has graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia with an MA in Audiovisual Arts, and from the University of Birmingham (UK) with an MSc in Cyber Security and BSc in Digital Media Technology.

Cloe Jancis is an  Estonian artist working in the media of photography, video, drawing and installation. She graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts with a bachelor’s degree in photography (2018) and is currently studying in the master’s programme of the Faculty of Liberal Arts at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Jancis is fascinated by the social image, everyday roles of women and the myths, expectations and feelings related to these. In recent years, she has focused on objects and rituals associated with performing femininity.

Ieva Baltaduonytė is an emerging Lithuanian lens-based artist. She holds a BA in Photography from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Informed by her own personal experience of migration, her work engages with topics and issues relating to migratory culture. Ieva is preoccupied with revealing personal and collective narratives where trauma, identity and memory encourage a deeper engagement with cross-cultural dialogue. By using photography for both personal expression and to foster a critical dialogue with contemporary society, she invites the viewer to participate in societal debates, foregrounding human experiences, and exposing what is otherwise obscured or ignored.

PRE-SALE: ISSP Agenda / ISSP Plānotājs 2024

The PRE-SALE of the ISSP Agenda 2024 - "Ritual" - has begun! The edition combines a weekly planner and a notebook in an aesthetic and practical design, featuring 34 carefully selected images. Order your copy for a special Pre-Sale price until 1 December!

ISSP Plānotāja 2024 iepriekšpārdošana ir sākusies! Izdevumā estētiskā un praktiskā dizainā ir apvienots nedēļas plānotājs ar pierakstu kladi, tas satur 34 īpaši atlasītus attēlus. Pasūti to par īpašu iepriekšpārdošanas cenu līdz 1. decembrim!

NEW! ISSP Merchandise collection

The long-awaited ISSP Merchandise collection is here! We are very excited to share something we’ve been working on for the past several months – a line of limited edition hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and tote bags! We are offering a special discount of 15% valid until 10 October! All items are available at the ISSP Gallery in Berga Bazārs (Riga) or online at the ISSP Shop.

FUTURES annual publication

FUTURES' newest Annual Publication, Trigger #5: Energy, is an exploration of that question – and broadly thematizes alternative approaches to energy through photography, the issue of society’s decarbonisation, the call for repair and collective values. The publication is available at the ISSP library. 

FUTURES meeting in Budapest

This year, from 13 to 15 October, the FUTURES Photography platform's annual event was hosted by the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center in Budapest. Joining more than 100 artists, 23 curators, and heads of major international contemporary photography institutions were ISSP nominated artists Reinis Hofmanis, Zane Priede, and Jurģis Peters from Latvia, Cloe Jancis from Estonia, and Ieva Baltaduonytė from Lithuania, as well as curator Iveta Gabaliņa and Jūlija Berkoviča from ISSP. 

ENERGY: FUTURES exhibition in Budapest

The annual FUTURES event in 2023 is hosted by the Robert Capa Center for Contemporary Photography in Budapest. A new traveling exhibition prepared as a part of the platform’s activities will also have its first appearance in Budapest. This year, the theme of the group exhibition is “ENERGY 2023: Redistributing Power and Taming Consumption”.

ISSP Internship: Maya Vieth

We are happy to introduce Maya Vieth, an emerging photographer from Germany who has been our intern for the past 3 months! If you have been following us on social media, you probably have already noticed Maya's sensitive documentation of the recent events happening at ISSP. In addition, she has contributed to lots of the behind-the-scenes work, helping us in day-to-day activities. Read more about her experience at ISSP!

Arnis Balčus: Scēna

Līdz 16. novembrim ISSP Galerijā ir skatāma Arņa Balčus izstāde “Scēna”, kas pievēršas šodienas jauniešu alternatīvajai subkultūrai. Izstādes ietvaros notiks arī panku bazārs, jauno panku dzejas vakars, ekskursijas izstādē ar sociologu Jāni Daugavieti un izstādes autoru Arni Balču, bet tuvāk izstādes noslēgumam iznāks grāmata “Scēna”.

Until 16 November, the ISSP Gallery is hosting Scene, an exhibition by Arnis Balčus focusing on today's alternative youth subculture. The exhibition will be accompanied by a Punk Bazaar, poetry evening by young punks, excursions with the sociologist Jānis Daugavietis and the exhibition’s author Arnis Balčus, and finalise with the launch of the book “Scene”.

Turpinās uzņemšana ISSP Jauniešu skolā

ISSP Jauniešu skola piedāvā jauniešiem radoši iepazīt fotogrāfiju un tās plašos izmantošanas veidus, kā arī apgūt attēlu veidošanas pamatprasmes. Nodarbības atsāksies 3. un 4. oktobrī. Vēl ir iespēja pieteikties!

Atvērta pieteikšanās intensīvajam kursam "Ievads fotogrāfijā"

Atvērta pieteikšanās ISSP Skolas intensīvajam divu mēnešu kursam “Ievads fotogrāfijā”, kas sāksies 5. oktobrī! Nodarbības vadīs pieredzējuši fotogrāfi un pasniedzēji Kristīne Krauze-Slucka un Ingus Bajārs. Pieteikšanās līdz 1. oktobrim.

ISSP Jauniešu skolas atvērto durvju diena

Trešdien, 20. septembrī, plkst. 16.00-19.00 aicinām uz ISSP Jauniešu skolas atvērto druvju dienu! Tā būs iespēja iepazīt ISSP Jauniešu skolas programmas saturu, izgatavot savu pinhole kameru un radoši darboties ar apgaismojumu, kā arī pieteikties programmai. ISSP Jauniešu skolas nodarbības atsāksies oktobrī un ilgs līdz jūnijam vienreiz nedēļā divās vecuma grupās: 11-14 g. un 15-18g. 

Open call - ISSP Agenda 2024 - Ritual

We invite image submissions for the inclusion in the ISSP yearly Agenda 2024! Our favorite daily companion will traditionally combine the functions of a weekly planner, a bullet journal and a notebook and will be released in November. Theme of the year - Ritual. The Agenda will feature 25 selected images selected via this open call. We are looking for strong single images layered in meaning, both black and white and color. 
Submit your images by 24 September here 

"Putnu disko" Baltajā naktī

Sestdien, 9. septembrī, no plkst. 18.30 līdz plkst. 23.00 mūsdienu kultūras foruma “Baltā nakts” ietvaros ISSP Galerijā notiks somu mākslinieku Pasi Autio un Saku Koistinena līdzdalības performance “Putnu disko”, kurā apmeklētāji aicināti nodoties dejām putnu dziesmu mūzikas pavadījumā. Pasākumā tiks integrētas latviešu ilustratores un animatores Viviannas Marias Staņislavskas veidotās vizualizācijas. Ieeja bez maksas.