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. 

Artist talk :: Jaana Kokko, Sergey Novikov

Trešdien, 19. jūnijā, aicinām uz ISSP Rīgas Rezidences mākslinieku Jānas Kokko (Somija) un Sergeja Novikova (Krievija) autorvakaru plkst. 18:30 ISSP telpā Berga Bazārā.

On Wednesday 19th of June 6:30 PM, we will host an artist talk by ISSP Riga Residency artists Jaana Kokko (Finland) and Sergey Novikov (Russia) - welcome! 

Bērnu & ģimeņu diena ISSP Galerijā

ISSP aicina uz bērnu & ģimeņu dienu!
Svētdien, 9. jūnijā, plkst. 12.00 - 14.00

Šobrīd ISSP Galerijā redzama mākslinieka Martina Kollara izstāde "Ekskursija" par Izraēlu. Bērnu un ģimeņu dienā būs iespēja tuvāk iepazīties ar izstādi un piedalīties radošā un izzinošā aktivitātē mākslas pedagoģes Noras Vrubļevskas vadībā. Aicinātas piedalīties ģimenes ar bērniem visdažādākajos vecumos! Ieeja bez maksas. 

Artist talk :: Julia Borissova, Ekaterina Anokhina

Sestdien, 25. maijā, aicinām uz ISSP Rīgas Rezidences mākslinieču Jūlijas Borissovas (Krievija) un Jekaterinas Anokhinas (Krievija) autorvakaru plkst. 18:30 ISSP telpā Berga Bazārā.

On Saturday 25th of May 6:30 PM, we will host an artist talk by ISSP Riga Residency artists Julia Borissova (RU) and Ekaterina Anokhina (Russia) - welcome! 

Artist talk :: Martin Kollar

Piektdien, 17. maijā, plkst 15.00 aicinām uz tikšanos ar slovāku fotogrāfu Martinu Kollaru, kurā viņš pastāstīs vairāk par izstādi "Ekskursija", kas apskatāma ISSP Galerijā līdz 15. jūnijam, un citiem saviem darbiem.

On 17 May at 3pm ISSP is hosting an artist talk by Slovak photographer Martin Kollar, whose exhibition "Field Trip" is on view at the ISSP Gallery until 15 June.

Martin Kollar - Field Trip

No 17. maija līdz 15. jūnijam ISSP Galerijā skatāma slovāku fotogrāfa Martina Kollara izstāde “Ekskursija” (Field trip), kas ir daļa no Rīgas Fotomēneša 2019 programmas. Kollars ilgstoši dzīvojis un strādājis Izraēlā, dokumentējot vienu no mūsdienu pasaules pretrunīgākajām ģeogrāfiskajām zonām. 

From May 17 to June 15 the ISSP Gallery is hosting the solo exhibition "Field Trip" by Slovakian photographer Martin Kollar, part of the Riga Photomonth 2019 programme. Kollar has spent extended periods of time in Israel, building a photographic dossier on one of the most contentious geographical zones of modern history.  

Artist talk :: Sara Palmieri, Anna Hornik

Ceturtdien, 11. aprīlī, aicinām uz ISSP Rīgas Rezidences mākslinieču Sāras Palmjēri (Itālija) un Annas Hornikas (Polija) autorvakaru plkst. 18:30 ISSP telpā Berga Bazārā.

On Thursday, 11th of April 6:30 PM, we will host an artist talk by ISSP Riga Residency artists Sara Palmieri (IT) and Anna Hornik (PL) - welcome! 

RFB balva "Meklējam jauno fotogrāfijā!"

No 5. marta līdz 8. maijam ISSP Galerijā skatāma Rīgas Fotogrāfijas biennāles - NEXT 2019 balvas "Meklējam jauno fotogrāfijā!" 2019 uzvarētājas Annijas Muižules izstāde “Priecīgi uzņēmēji izklaidējas birojā”. 

From March 5 to May 8, the ISSP Gallery is hosting the exhibition of the winner of Riga Photography Biennial Award 2019 "Seeking the Latest in Photography!" Annija Muižule "Joyful Businessmen Having Fun in the Office". 

ISSP International Masterclass 2018/2019 exhibition in Kuldīga

The final exhibition of the ISSP International Masterclass 2018/2019 will open at Kuldīgas Mākslas nams 16 March 6 PM. Projects created by 22 photographers from 15 countries, mentored for a year by Gordon MacDonald & Clare Strand and Peter Bialobrzeski, will be on view until 7 April. 

Sestdien, 16. martā, plkst. 18.00 Kuldīgas Mākslas namā tiks atklāta ISSP Starptautiskās meistarklases 2018/2019 noslēguma izstāde. Tajā līdz pat 7. aprīlim būs apskatāmas 22 meistarklases dalībnieku radītas fotogrāfiju sērijas, video darbi, grāmatas, keramikas skulptūras un citi objekti, tapuši gadu gara intensīva radoša procesa rezultātā.

Applications open for ISSP 2019 - Photography & the World

Dear friends, applications for the first thematic edition of the International Summer School of Photography - "Photography and the World" are now open! ISSP 2019 will take place at Zaļenieki Manor, Latvia, from 12 - 20 July 2019. Through six workshops and interventions by invited experts, the summer school will explore various ways photography and art can contribute to the world today. Applications are open till 10 April! 

Filippo Zambon :: Photo walk in Riga

Sestdien, 2.martā, plkst. 14.00, aicinām uz ISSP Rīgas Rezidences mākslinieka Filipo Zambona (Itālija / Somija) rīkoto foto pastaigu, kura sāksies ISSP telpās Berga Bazārā.

On Saturday, 2nd of March 2:00 PM, we invite you to the Photo Walk organized by ISSP Riga Residency Artist Filippo Zambon (Italy / Finland), which will start from the ISSP premises in Berga Bazārs. All are welcome!

Artist talk :: Demelza Watts, Franek Ammer

Trešdien, 27. februārī, aicinām uz ISSP Rīgas Rezidences mākslinieku Demelzas Vatsas (Lielbritānija) un Franeka Ammera (Polija) autorvakaru plkst. 18:30 ISSP telpā Berga Bazārā.

On Wednesday, 27th of February 6:30 PM, we will host an artist talk by ISSP Riga Residency artists Demelza Watts and Franek Ammer - welcome! 

Filippo Zambon :: Personal practice and social pornography

Trešdien, 20. februārī, aicinām uz ISSP Rīgas Rezidences mākslinieka Filipo Zambona (Itālija/Somija) autorvakaru un lekciju plkst. 18:30 ISSP telpā Berga Bazārā.

On Wednesday, 20th of February 6:30PM, we will host an artist talk and lecture by ISSP Riga Residency artist Filippo Zambon (IT/FL) - welcome!