Sunday, August 7

20:00 - 21:30 Claudine Doury (FR) - “Adolescence and other mutations: representation of loss and metamorphosis in photography”

In her talk, Claudine Doury will cover 15 years of her artistic work, depicting inner changes and transfigurations from Russia’s borderlines to her immediate family.

21:45 - 23:15 Michael Ackerman (US/DE) - Artist talk

In something between a slideshow and a film, Michael Ackerman will show photos from last 15 years of his work. He will also share a selection of short films of his friend and collaborator J.Cohen.

Claudine Doury: Born in 1959 in France. Lives in Paris. Represented by Camera Obscura Gallery in Paris and a member of VU agency. Her photographic work on people and their everyday lives has earned her the top prizes: the Leica Oscar Barnack Prize (1999), Prix Paris-Match (2000), and the Niépce Prize (2004). 

Michael Ackerman: American. Born in1967 in Tel Aviv. Lives in Berlin. Represented by agency VU. Is recognized by a his radical and unique approach to photography, expressed in his work on Varanassi “End Time City” (1999) and recent “Half life” (2010).


Monday, August 8 

20:00 - 21:30 Marcos Lopez (Argentina) - “Tierra en Trance”

The artist will show a specially created video compilation about his work that will include his personal selection of "the most important names" in Latin American photography.

Marcos Lopez: Born in 1958. Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Marcos Lopez gained international recognition for his “Pop-Latino” style - distinctive combination of photographic realism and theatrical staging with crossing influences from painting, cinema, traditional and modern archetypes, and digital art.


Tuesday, August 9

20:00 - 21:30 David Bate (UK) - “Conceptual documentary”

The talk will discuss the rise of conceptual art as a mode of thinking and its relation to photography and documentary photography in particular.

21:45 - 23:15 Arno Rafael Minkkinen (FI/US) - “Art is risk made visible”

Shown at the gala night of the Palms Spring International Photo Festival in March 2011, the presentation with music selections traces and interweaves an understanding of photography through a retrospective of 40 years of artist’ work.

David Bate: Photo-artist, writer and teacher, known for his interest in avant-garde aesthetics in visual art. Lives and works in London, represented by Hoopers Gallery. Dr. Bate is a Course Leader of MA in Photographic Studies at University of Westminster. He has published many essays on contemporary photography and art history as well as two books that are widely used in photography courses: “Photography and Surrealism” (2004) and “Photography: Key Concepts” (2009). 

Arno Rafael Minkkinen: A Finnish-American photographer, writer, curator, and educator. Born in 1945 in Finland. Lives in US. For decades now, he has explored the invisible line that separates man from the primordial via his surreal black&white self-portraits. Dr. Minkkinen is Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Docent at the University of Art & Design Helsinki, and graduate faculty at Maine Media College in Rockport, Maine. Was awarded the Finnish State Art Prize in Photography in 2006.

Wednesday, August 10

20:00 - 22:00 Photography magazines presentations

- Erik Vroons, Editor, GUP Magazine (NL)
- Arnis Balčus, Editor, FK Magazine (LV)

The talks by editors of two photography magazines (Dutch/international GUP and Latvian FK) will give an overview on the present day situation in an industry actively reflecting on photography, the cyclic production process of a photography magazine, as well as initiate a debate on what a photographer could gain from getting published without getting paid.


Thursday, August 11

20:00 - 21:30 “Visual narratives: European borderlines” project partners
- ISSP (Latvia), GAPO (Turkey), Icelandic Contemporary Photography Association, Maioclaro (Portugal)

A short presentation of a long-term project "European borderlines" that was recently started by ISSP in partnership with photography organisations from Turkey, Iceland and Portugal. Presentations will include some of the photography that they represent and promote.

21:45 - 23:15 Vanessa Winship and George Georgiou (UK) – Artist talk

The tutors of the project, George Georgio and Vanessa Winship will tell about their work on long-term documentary projects – something that they have been doing for a while.

Vanessa Winship: Born in 1960 in the United Kingdom. Represented by the Agency Vu. Vanessa Winship is known for her long term projects in Albania, Georgia and Black Sea. Her series “Sweet Nothings” on rural girls in central Anatolia have won Sony World Photography Award in 2008. In June 2011 she was awarded a prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson award in photography.  

George Georgiou: Born in London to Greek Cypriot parents, George Georgiou has been a practicing photographer for the last 20 years. Represented by agencies Prospekt (Italy), Panos (UK) and Signatures (France). He has been living and working in the Balkans, Greece and Turkey. His work is focused on long term projects around identity, urbanization and human space.  


Friday, August 12 

20:00 - 22:00 Presentation of ISSP participants’ portfolios

An opportunity for ISSP participants to share what they are doing with the entire group - portfolio selection or individual projects (completed or work in progress). ISSP works shall not be presented. Required: prior sign-up, slideshow or video presentation (maximum 10 minutes each).


Saturday, August 13 (in Kuldīga)

19:00 - 20:00 Opening of the ISSP 2011 Exhibition at Kuldīga District museum

21:30 - 22:30 Screening of ISSP works at Kuldīga Open air cinema 


NB! Practical information for visitors:
All those seriously interested in photography are welcome to attend the ISSP evening programme free of charge.
Location of the evening talks: Pelči boarding school, Kuldīga district. Directions and map available here.
Visitors are responsible for entire logistics of their stay and should take care not to disturb the work of the workshops.
Contact Kuldīga Tourism Information centre for accommodation in Kuldīga. Its possible to stay in tents on the ISSP campus, we will try to arrange for a separate kitchen that guests can use. 

Kristīne Krauze–Slucka – fotogrāmatas prezentācija / photobook presentation

29. jūlijā plkst. 18.30 ISSP notiks Kristīnes Krauzes-Sluckas fotogrāmatas “Materiālā visuma vibrācijas. Zelta slāpes” prezentācija, kurā piedalīsies māksliniece un izdevēju “NoRoutine Books” pārstāvji. Pasākums ir bez maksas un norisināsies angļu valodā. Laipni aicināti!

On July 29 at 18.30 a presentation of Kristīne Krauze–Slucka’s new photobook “Vibrations of a Material Universe. Thirst of Gold” will take place at the ISSP. The presentation will be held in English and is free of charge. Welcome!

“Šis nav veikals” finisāža

Ceturtdien, 22. jūlijā, plkst. 18.00 aicinām uz ISSP Skolas absolventu izstādes “Šis nav veikals” finisāžas pasākumu. Vakara programmā – tikšanās ar jaunajām māksliniecēm, ekskursija izstādē, kolāžas darbnīca pieaugušajiem un bērniem, sarunas un mūzika.

Izstāde Elizabetes ielā 87 apskatāma vēl tikai līdz sestdienai, 24. jūlijam.

Visvaldas Morkevičius – Gaidu tikšanos ar sevi / Looking Forward to Meet Me

Aicinām apmeklēt Rīgas Fotogrāfijas biennāles – NEXT un ISSP Galerijas balvas “Meklējam jauno fotogrāfijā” ieguvēja Visvalda Morkeviča izstādi “Gaidu tikšanos ar sevi”, kas ISSP Galerijā skatāma no 9. jūlija līdz 11. augustam. Atklāšana – 8. jūlijā plkst. 18.00.

Riga Photography Biennial – NEXT 2021 and ISSP Gallery invite you to attend the Riga Photography Biennial – NEXT "Seeking the Latest in Photography!" Award winner's Visvaldas Morkevičius exhibition "Looking Forward to Meet Me”, which will be on view at the ISSP Gallery from July 9 to August 11. Opening – July 8 at 6 PM.

ISSP Skolas 2019/2021 absolventu izstāde

No 9. līdz 24. jūlijam Berga bazārā, Elizabetes ielā 87, būs skatāma izstāde “Šis nav veikals”. Atklājot šībrīža pasaules skatījumu, tajā savus fotogrāfijas projektus prezentēs jaunās mākslinieces – ISSP Skolas 2021. gada absolventes. Atklāšana notiks 8. jūlijā pulksten 19.00.

Autores: Anete Aramina, Annija Meikšāne, Elīna Šteinberga, Elvīra Blumfelde, Elza Marta Ruža, Ieva Ozoliņa, Jana Uljanova, Monta Kurme un Monta Gāgane.

Pieteikšanās programmai "Attīstot fotogrāfijas valodu"

Pieteikšanās atvērta, līdz grupa ir pilna!

Atvērta pieteikšanās ISSP Skolas divu gadu vakaru programmai “Attīstot fotogrāfijas valodu” 2021/2023! Jaunā kursa sākums – 2021. gada septembrī.

Programma paredzēta dalībniekiem ar priekšzināšanām un nodrošina studentiem atvērtu, radošu un kritisku vidi, kurā attīstīt savu vizuālo valodu un individuālo pieeju fotogrāfijai, saņemot atgriezenisko saiti no nozares profesionāļiem un studiju biedriem.


On Art and Activism :: Airi Triisberg – Activism and contemporary art in the Baltics

Attention – Airi Triisberg's lecture will take place on 29 June! We continue a series of lectures on art and activism with an online talk by Estonian curator, art critic and educator Airi Triisberg “The entanglements of alter-globalisation movement and contemporary art in the Baltic region”.

Tiešsaistes lekcija mākslai un aktīvismam veltītajā ciklā no igauņu kuratores, rakstnieces un pedagoģes Airi Trīsbergas – “Alternatīvās globalizācijas kustības un laikmetīgās mākslas krustpunkti Baltijā”. Lekcija pārcelta – tā notiks 29. jūnijā plkst. 18.30!


No 1. jūnija līdz 1. jūlijam ISSP Galerijā skatāma SELF PUBLISH RIGA izstāde, kas piedāvā iepazīties ar vairākām grāmatu kolekcijam: "Paris Photo – Aperture PhotoBook Awards" 2020, "Africa in the Photobook", "Nordic Dummy Award", Latvijas, Lietuvas un Igaunijas pēdējo gadu fotogrāmatas, kā arī labākie konkursam iesūtītie fotogrāmatu maketi un Annas Volkovas īpaši veidotā instalācija “Stikla Strenči dažos vārdos”. SELF PUBLISH RIGA ir viens no galvenajiem Rīgas Fotomēneša notikumiem, kas veltīts fotogrāmatām un pašizdošanai.

From June 1 until July 1 the ISSP Gallery will host the SELF PUBLISH RIGA 2021 exhibition of several fascinating photobook collections and a special installation dedicated to the "Glass Strenči". The event is dedicated to photobooks and self-publishing and is one of the main events of Riga Photomonth.

Par mākslu un aktīvismu :: Lolita Tomsone – Māksla ar nemieru

12. maijā plkst. 18.30 aicinām tiešsaistē klausīties Žaņa Lipkes muzeja direktores un aktīvistes Lolitas Tomsones stāstījumu “Follow your screams jeb Māksla ar nemieru”.
Lolita dalīsies ar spilgtākajiem “skaļās mākslas” piemēriem – mākslas akcijām, kas pēdējo gadu laikā reaģējušas uz akūtām netaisnībām Krievijā, Palestīnā un citās sociāli un politiski sarežģītās pasaules vietās.

On Art and Activism :: J. Jordan – In-between Everything

On April 21, 18.30 we start a series of lectures on art and activism with an online talk by the 'magician of rebellion', co-founder of Reclaim The Streets movement J. Jordan (FR) - "In-between Everything: art and activism, nature and culture, male and female – a non-binary guide to creative rebellion”.

21. aprīlī plkst. 18.30 aicinām uz 'dumpju burvja', Reclaim the Streets kustības līdzdibinātāja J. Jordana tiešsaistes lekciju “Visam pa vidu: māksla un aktīvisms, daba un kultūra, vīrišķais un sievišķais – radošas sacelšanās nebinārās vadlīnijas”.

Book launch – “Seat 68” by Paula Jansone / Paulas Jansones grāmatas “Seat 68” atklāšana

The publisher Milda Books has released a new book “Seat 68” by Latvian photographer, ISSP School’s graduate Paula Jansone. On Friday, December 11, at 6.30 PM an online presentation of the book will be streamed on Facebook.

Izdevniecība “Milda Books” laidusi klajā fotogrāfes, ISSP Skolas absolventes Paulas Jansones fotogrāmatu “Seat 68”. Piektdien, 11. decembrī, plkst. 18.30 tiešsaistē notiks tās prezentācija (angļu valodā).

ISSP Skolas studentu izstāde LOW galerijā

No 1. līdz 12. decembrim laikmetīgās mākslas galerijā LOW ir apskatama ISSP Skolas 2. kursa studentu kopīgi veidota izstāde “Es nākšu rīt”, kas tapusi, autoriem galerijā uz vietas secīgi radot un izstādot fotogrāfiskus objektus. Tā tiek rīkota mākslinieces, ISSP Skolas pasniedzējas Vikas Ekstas rezidences ietvaros. Apskatīties sadarīto iespējams no 1. līdz 12. decembrim, 17:00-20:00. Katru dienu izstādi pieskatīs un par darbiem pastāstīs kāds no māksliniekiem!