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.