Photo: Esther Teichmann, Untitled from Mythologies, 2013

Every evening starting from Sunday, 4 August, till Friday, 9 August, we will offer a series of fascinating presentations and artist talks by ISSP masters, participants and invited guests. On Saturday, the 10th, everyone is invited to the opening of the exhibition of ISSP final works at the new Kuldiga Arts Hall and the screening of participants' works at the open air Goldingen cinema
Traditionally, the ISSP evening programme is open to all photography lovers - free of charge! 

ISSP 2013 evening programme


Sunday 4 August

20:00 - 21:30 “Sources & Influences” - artist talk, Todd Hido (US)

Todd Hido is an American contemporary artist and photographer. Much of his work involves urban and suburban housing across the U.S., of which the artist produces large, highly detailed and luminous color photographs. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Boston,to name a few.
In the slide show Todd will show images of his work and talk about his process openly, plus discuss his own sources, influences, and kinships.  He will show other artists & images that inform his practice as an artist.

Monday 5 August

20:00 – 21.30 Part 1: “In Search of Lightning - Stories of Love and Loss” - artist talk, Esther Teichmann (DE/US/UK)

Esther Teichmann is a German–American artist and photographer. Teichmann’s  body of work uses still and moving image, collage and painting to create alternate worlds, which blur autobiography and fiction. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, with group shows in Houston, London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Mannheim and Modena and solo exhibitions in the UK, Australia, Germany and Switzerland.
In her talk, Esther will explore relationships between loss, desire and the imaginary, interweaving psychoanalysis, philosophy and fiction with her own work. 

21:30 – 23:00 Part 2: “The Beauty of the Photobook”- Teun van der Heijden (NL)

After studying at St. Joost Academy of Art and Design in Breda Teun van der Hejden started his career as graphic designer. His collaboration with the World Press Photo made him decide to change track and focus exclusively on photography projects - books and exhibitions.Now he has become one of the most in-demand names among photographers when it comes to design their books.

What forces lie behind our judgment of beauty in art and, more specifically, in the judgment of photobooks? Teun will focus on how technical shifts and changes in the field of photography influence the way we look at the photobook.

Tuesday 6 August

20:00 - 22:00 Artist talk - Yan Morvan (FR)

Yan Morvan is a pioneer of French photojournalism. Freelance photographer since 1988, he works with major international publications and has received international acclaim for his war and conflict reports. He has published numerous books - “Bikers&co”, “Liban”, “Gang”, “Mondosex”. His last book "Gangstory" a result of 20 years of work on the delinquent gangs of Parisian suburbs came out in November 2012 and was sold out in a whim.

Part I: “Gangs story - an attempt at urban anthropology”

Yan will show around 200 images from his 40-year long project on the gangs of Paris, explaining changes in the socio-political atmosphere within the gangs themselves and their portrayal by the press. The talk will also ask the question - who is the photojournalist, a witness of human drama or a voyeuristic accomplice of the media?

Part II: Mondosex (topic of the evening: sex & violence, entry from 18 only!)

Wednesday 7 August

20:00 – 21:30 Part I: "Captured: Favorite Photo Stories from Russian Reporter Magazine" - Andrei Polikanov (RU)

Andrei Polikanov has worked in the field of photojournalism since the beginning of the 90ties - for 10 years as a photo editor for the TIME Magazine Moscow bureau, and since 2007 as director of photography at the Russian Reporter Magazine. Polikanov is a member of various national and international photo contest juries (World Press Photo, Visa d’Or in Perpignan and Interfoto Russia, among others), and a member of the Joop Swart Masterclass selection committee.

21:30 – 23:00Part II: Artist talk - Yuri Kozyrev (RU)

As a photojournalist for the past 25 years, Yuri Kozyrev has witnessed many world-changing events. Immediately after September 11 2001, he was on the scene in Afghanistan, where he documented the fall of the Taliban. He lived in Baghdad, Iraq between 2003 and 2009, photographing different sides of the conflict as a contract photographer for Time Magazine. Since the beginning of 2011, Yuri has been documenting the uprisings and their aftermaths in Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia and especially Egypt and Libya. Yuri is a founding member of NOOR agency

Thursday 8 August

Contemporary Self-Portraits project

20:00 – 21:30 Part I: presentation of Contemporary Self Portraits project in Turku, Finland - Taina Erävaara (FI)

The Contemporary Self-Portraits Project focuses on individuals and local communities in four European regions: Finland (Turku), Estonia (Tallinn), Ireland (Dublin), Latvia (Riga) and Sweden (Umeå). The project aims to give local inhabitants a voice in expressing their personal and collective identity through self-portraits created at a series of assisted self-portrait workshops in and around the project locations. Taina is the head of the project in Turku and head of Fine Arts Department of the Arts Academy at the Turku University Applied Sciences. The artistic results of the project until now will be presented.

21:30 – 23:00 Part II: “12 Years After, a body of work revisited” – artist talk, Elina Brotherus (FI/FR)

Elina Brotherus works in photography and video, mainly in the genre of self-portraits. Her photographs investigate the relationship between an individual and the space surrounding him, how does one influence the other. Elina has had numerous solo and group shows since 1997, and has published four monographs, including, most recently, Artist and her model by Le Caillou bleu, Brussels, 2012.

Friday 9 August

20:00 – 22:00 presentations of ISSP participants’ work (projects prior to ISSP)

Saturday 10 August (in Kuldīga)

19:00 - Opening of the ISSP 2013 Exhibition at Kuldīga Arts Hall (Kuldiga Town library, 1905.gada iela 6)

22:30 - Screening of ISSP final works at Kuldīga Open air cinema (“Goldingen Cinema” next to Kuldīga District museum, Pils iela 5)


NB! Guests are responsible for the entire logistics of their stay and should take care not to disturb the work of the ISSP workshops. Overnight accommodation is possible if you contact the organisers in advance.

All the evening talks take place at Pelči boarding school, Pelči, Kuldīga district.

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!