Riga Photography Biennial and ISSP Gallery open call

Visvaldas Morkevičius (LT), from the series “Looking forward to meet Me”, 2020

Riga Photography Biennial – NEXT 2023 and ISSP Gallery announces an open call for the “Seeking the Latest in Photography!” Award 2023. Young artists from Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are invited to submit their work until October 2. The winner of the award will be chosen by an international jury and will have an opportunity to hold a solo exhibition at the ISSP Gallery as part of the Riga Photography Biennial – NEXT 2023 program held in May 2023. Participants will also receive special prizes from “VV Foundation” and the Lithuanian independent publishing initiative “NoRoutine Books”.

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

The winner of the prize will be determined by an international jury comprised of the founder of the "BZH Photo" festival and coordinator of the "Photo Days" event in Paris Camille Gajate (FR), art critic, historian and curator Adam Mazur (PL), artist, professor and Head of the Photography Department at the Estonian Academy of Arts Marge Monko (EE), artist and curator Paulius Petraitis (LT) and artist and teacher Ieva Epnere (LV).

Besides the main prize – an opportunity to hold a solo exhibition at the ISSP Gallery in Riga, 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 in the NEXT 2023 program portfolio review to the industry professionals free of charge. For the second time, the foundation „VV Foundation” is to choose a laureate for a 1000 euro monetary prize and an opportunity to spend a month working at their residency “PAiR” (Pāvilosta Artist in Residency) in Pāvilosta, Latvia. The founders of the independent publishing initiative “NoRoutine Books”, Gytis Skudžinskas and Vilma Samulionyte (LT), will select one of the participants for their own award – the opportunity to publish a photo book.

The winners of the RPB 2016 award “Seeking the Latest in Photography!” 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). In 2019, the award was received by Annija Muižule (LV). In 2021,  Visvaldas Morkevičius (LT) became the winner, and he also received the first award presented by the “VV Foundation”. The winners of the “NoRoutine Books” award were Ieva Balode (LV) in 2016, Madara Gritāne (LV) in 2018, Reinis Lismanis (LV) in 2019 and Kristīne Krauze-Slucka in 2021.

The goal of the award “Seeking the Latest in Photography!” 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 curators of RPB – NEXT are seeking portfolios of artists who stimulate discussion and offer diverse ideas. At the same time, the organizers 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.

Further information about applying: http://rpbiennial.com/open_call.html.

Saruna par sociālpolitiski aktīvu mākslu Latvijā

Trešdien, 23. novembrī, plkst. 18.30 ISSP Galerijā notiks sociālpolitiski aktīvai mākslai Latvijā veltīta saruna, kurā ar savu pieredzi un radošajiem projektiem dalīsies mākslinieki Mailo Štern, Daniela Vētra, Ingrīda Pičukāne, Konstantīns Žukovs un Jānis Balodis. Ievadu sarunai sniegs kuratore Līna Birzaka-Priekule, bet vēlāk diskusiju moderēs pētniece Laine Kristberga.

Diskusija "Vai cilvēkam vajag suni?"

Trešdien, 9. novembrī, plkst. 18.30 ISSP Galerijā notiks diskusija par cilvēka un mājdzīvnieka attiecībām, kurā piedalīsies sociālās psiholoģijas profesors Ivars Austers, antropoloģe Māra Neikena, kinoloģe un PetCity suņu skolas trenere Jūlija Elsa, māksliniece un kuratore Iveta Gabaliņa. Diskusiju atklās un vadīs publicists Rvīns Varde.

Profesionālās fotogrāfijas meistarklases rudenī

ISSP turpina meistarklases labāko Latvijas un Baltijas profesionālo fotogrāfu vadībā—tiem, kas jau strādā vai vēlās profesionāli strādāt ar fotogrāfiju. Meistarklases sniedz iespēju attīstīt savu radošo vīziju un papildināt amata prasmes. Šajā rudenī piedāvājam meistarklases ar lieliskiem fotogrāfiem Sandiju Ruļuku, Lindu Lauvu, Kristīni Madjari un Zani Priedi.

Plašāka informācija un pieteikšanās: https://ej.uz/j33g

Open call - Images for ISSP Agenda 2023

Dear friends, we invite image submissions for the inclusion in the ISSP design Agenda 2023! The upcoming edition will traditionally combine the functions of a weekly planner, a bullet journal and a notebook and will remain as user-friendly and minimalistic in design as always. The Agenda will feature around 25 selected images from local and international artists.
Theme of the year - Light /and Darkness/
Submit your images until 30 September here

ISSP Riga Residency 2023 - applications

Applications are open to ISSP Riga Residency for the period January - December 2023. The residency provides an opportunity for concentrated work on a personal project informed by interaction with Riga and its residents - we welcome photographers and artists working with photography interested in exploring local social and cultural context and connecting to ISSP platform of activities. 3 Nordic / Baltic photographers will receive Nordic scholarship! 
Application deadline: 16 October 2022. 

Bjargey Ólafsdóttir – Rófurass. The Dog Within

No 16. septembra līdz 11. novembrim ISSP Galerijā būs skatāma islandiešu mākslinieces Bjargejas Olafsdotiras  (Bjargey Ólafsdóttir) personālizstāde “Rófurass. Cilvēks ar asti.”, kas veltīta cilvēka un viņa mājdzīvnieka – suņa – attiecībām. Darbs pie sērijas uzsākts 2018. gadā, māksliniecei uzturoties ISSP Rīgas rezidencē. Izstādes atklāšana notiks 15. septembrī no 18.00 - 20.00. Laipni lūgti!

From September 16 to November 11 the ISSP Gallery will host a solo exhibition by Icelandic artist Bjargey Ólafsdóttir. Rófurass. The Dog Within is dedicated to the relationship between humans and their canine pets. Work on the series began in 2018, while the artist was taking part in the ISSP Riga Residency. The opening will take place on September 15 from 6.00 - 8.00 PM. Welcome!

Suņu fotostudija ISSP Galerijā/ Dog Photo Studio at the ISSP Gallery :: Bjargey Ólafsdóttir

Sestdien, 17. septembrī ISSP Galerijas telpās darbosies neparasta suņu fotostudija. No 12.00-16.00 apmeklētājiem būs iespēja satikt izstādes "Rófurass. Cilvēks ar asti” mākslinieci Bjargiju Olafsdotiru klātienē un tikt pie sava mājdzīvnieka portreta. Laipni lūgti!

On Saturday, September 17 the ISSP Gallery will host an unusual dog photo studio. From 12.00 - 16.00, visitors will have the opportunity to meet Bjargey Ólafsdóttir, the artist behind the exhibition "Rófurass. The Dog Within" and receive a portrait of their pet. Welcome!

ISSP Jauniešu skola

No 13. septembra atsāksies iknedēļas radošās fotogrāfijas nodarbības jauniešiem (vecuma grupas 11-14 un 15-18 g.v.). ISSP Jauniešu skola piedāvā pusaudžiem interaktīvā un mūsdienīgā veidā iepazīt fotogrāfiju un tās plašos izmantošanas veidus, kā arī apgūt attēlu veidošanas pamatprasmes.

7. septembrī plkst. 16.00 - 19.00 aicinām uz Atvērto durvju dienu - ar iespēju piedalīties radošajās darbnīcās un iepazīties ar programmas pasniedzējām Adelīnu Kalniņu un Līvu Veiguru! 

Rudens kurss "Ievads fotogrāfijā"

Uzmanību! Atvērta pieteikšanās ISSP Skolas intensīvajam divu mēnešu kursam "Ievads fotogrāfijā", kas paredzēts dalībniekiem bez (vai ar nelielām) priekšzināšanām. Tā ir iespēja spert pirmos soļus fotogrāfijas pasaules izzināšanā, izprast attēlu veidošanas principus un iemācīties radīt labākas fotogrāfijas. Kursa ietvaros dalibnieki iepazīstās ar kameras tehniskām iespējām, kā arī mācās pielietot jauniegūtās zināšanas, veidojot nelielu fotosēriju. Kursa sākums - no 13. oktobra! 

Discussion: How to prevent the sea from overeating?

On Friday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m at the ISSP Gallery, the discussion How to prevent the sea from overeating? will bring together four people with close ties to the sea: artist Kristina Ollek, WWF Latvia Baltic Sea and Freshwater programme manager Magda Jentgena, Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology researcher Solvita Strāķe and journalist Eva Johansone.

The discussion is taking place as part of Estonian artist Kristina Õllek's ISSP Gallery solo exhibition Filtering With Cyanobacteria, Double Binds & Other Blooms (open until September 9). In it, she is focusing on cyanobacteria and the Baltic Sea, which is one of the most polluted and human-affected seas in the world. 

Welcome!

Meklējam komunikācijas speciālistu

Meklējam kolēģi! No septembra aicinām pievienoties ISSP komandai KOMUNIKĀCIJAS SPECIĀLISTU (kopejā slodze 32-40 stundas nedēļā).

Komunikācijas speciālists plāno un īsteno aktuālās komunikācijas aktivitātes saistībā ar ISSP Skolas izglītības programmām (isspskola.lv), ISSP Galeriju, ISSP Rezidenci un citiem ISSP vietējiem un starptautiskiem pasākumiem un projektiem. 

Kristina Õllek – Filtering With Cyanobacteria, Double Binds & Other Blooms

Kristinas Ollekas personālizstāde ISSP Galerijā Filtrēšana ar zilaļģēm, dubultajām saitēm & citiem ziediem (15.07–09.09.2022) ir viņas projekta Filter Feeders, Double Binds & Other Silicones turpinājums, kas balstās uz personīgiem novērojumiem un pētījumiem par antropocentrisko ietekmi uz jūras ekoloģiju. Atklāšana 14. jūlijā plkst. 18.00. Laipni aicināti!

Kristina Õllek’s solo exhibition Filtering With Cyanobacteria, Double Binds & Other Blooms at the ISSP Gallery (15.07–09.09.2022) is a continuation of her ongoing project Filter Feeders, Double Binds & Other Silicones, based on personal observations and research around anthropocentric influences on marine ecology. Opening on July 14 at 18.00 - welcome!