ISSP Evening Programme in Kuldīga

The talks will be held in English at Kuldiga Art School. Free entrance. 

Lekcijas notiks Kuldīgas Mākslas skolā angļu valodā. Ieeja brīva.

Tuesday 12 March
20:00 Doris Gassert, Curator, Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH)
"SITUATIONS and Post-Photography"
Doris will speak about the SITUATIONS programme at Fotomuseum Winterthur, and about what is sometimes referred to as „post-photography“ - a reflection on current changes within photographic culture and the expansion of photographic media in reaction to digital media and technologies.

Doris Gassert is Research Curator at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, where she co-curates SITUATIONS, runs the blog Still Searching… and is responsible for Fotomuseum’s publications. With SITUATIONS, a research lab and exhibition format that investigates current changes in photographic media and culture, she helps develop Fotomuseum’s program and understanding of post-photography. She holds a PhD in media studies from the University of Basel, Switzerland, where she teaches media aesthetics, with a focus on the intermediality and epistemology of photography and the politics of representation.

Wednesday 13 March
20:00 Aron Morel, Publisher, Founder of Morel Books (UK)
"Positions on books and publishing"
The talk will cover a number of key points in relation to the photobooks - the importance of content, different types of publishing, the pros and cons of self-publishing vs cooperating with the publisher, finding the money and other key elements to take into account when making a book.

Aron Mörel is a London-based non-profit independent publisher specializing in limited edition photo and art books. Mörel’s intimate and playful while respectful collaboration with artists is what defines his collections best. Mörel Books is “the final step in an artist’s process and encourages the artist to engage in the conception, design, and feel of the book.” Morel looks at books and artists democratically - with a constant output of established artist as well as emerging artists - including the likes of Antony Cairns, Alix Marie, Thomas Ruff, Boris Mikhailov, Marie Angeletti, Corinne Day to mention a few.

Thursday 14 March
20:00 Peggy Sue Amison, Artistic Director, East Wing Doha Gallery (Qatar-Berlin)
“Whats next? - professionalizing artistic practice"
The talk will cover the key aspects important for the artists who wish to 'clean up their act' and professionalize their practice. Such as 'How do curators work?', 'How does one approach a gallery?', 'How should an artist use social media to promote their works?', 'How to make use of workshops and other events like portfolio reviews, festivals and art fairs?' As well as practical tips on printing editions and copyright issues involved in posting works on the internet.

Peggy Sue Amison is Artistic Director of East Wing; a platform for photography, founded in Doha, Qatar. She is also an independent producer, exhibition curator, consultant, collaborator, editor and writer. Peggy Sue was the former Artistic Director of Sirius Arts Centre, a multidisciplinary non profit artist residency and exhibition programme in Ireland; one of the founding Board Members of Belfast Photo Festival, N. Ireland; and long-term collaborator with Picture Berlin, an artist residency in Germany. Her curatorial practice has taken her to the UAE, Ireland, China, Germany, Denmark, Poland and the USA. Throughout her career first as an artist, and then as an artistic director, curator and producer, Peggy Sue has first-hand experience of the challenges facing artists and organisations and strives to address these issues in her work, championing emerging and established artists and colleagues internationally.

On Saturday 16 March at 18:00 everyone is invited to the opening of the final Exhibition of the works created by the Masterclass participants and the guided tour by the authors! The exhibition will be open at Kuldīgas Mākslas nams until 7 April.

Supported by/ Atbalsta: Kuldīgas Novada Dome, Kuldiga Art School / Kuldīgas mākslas skola, Kuldīga Artists' Residence

Pieteikšanās tiešsaistes kursam "Ievads fotogrāfijā"

UZMANĪBU! Pieteikšanās kursam "Ievads fotogrāfijā" pagarināta līdz 8. aprīlim, kad arī notiks pirmā nodarbība.

Atvērta pieteikšanās ISSP Skolas 8 nedēļu intensīvajam kursam "Ievads fotogrāfijā", kas notiks tiešsaistē. Kurss paredzēts ikvienam fotogrāfijas interesentam, kas vēlas apgūt fotogrāfiskās domāšanas pamatus un kameras tehniskās iespējas, pildot praktiskus uzdevumus un piedaloties radošās nodarbībās. Dalībniekiem būs iespēja iespēja saņemt padomus un atgriezenisko saiti no pasniedzējiem Ivetas Gabaliņas un Sandija Ruļuka visā kursa garumā.

Artist talk :: Belarusian photographers in Riga

Trešdien, 17. martā plkst 18:30 aicinām uz tiešsaistes tikšanos ar trīs baltkrievu fotogrāfiem, kas patlaban uzturās ISSP Rezidencē Rīgā - Iharu Hančaruku, Maksimu Saričevu un Violetu Savčits. Viņi pievērsīsies fotogrāfu pieredzēm un fotogrāfijas lomai šajā vēsturiski nozīmīgā brīdī Baltkrievijā, un dalīsies gan ar neseno notikumu dokumentācijām, gan ar personīgiem projektiem, kas tapuši pašreizējās pilsoniskās protesta kustības kontekstā. 

On 17 March 18:30, we invite to artist talk by three Belarusian photographers currently taking part in the ISSP Residency in Riga – Ihar Hancharuk, Maxim Sarychau and Violetta Savchits. They will focus on photographer's experiences and the role that photography plays in this particular historical time in Belarus and will show a selection of images documenting the recent events, as well as recent personal projects.

Belarusian photography residency

We are very happy to welcome three Belarusian photographers selected to take part in our Riga Residency - Maxim Sarychau, Violetta Savchits and Ihar Hancharuk, accompanied by designer Volha Bychkova. They crossed the border safely and will stay in Latvia till the end of March, working on their projects and archives. Big thanks to the Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga for making this residency possible.

Online masterclass - Photography in times of global uncertainty

We are happy to announce an online masterclass with Italian duo The Cool Couple - "LOL: Photography in times of global uncertainty"The masterclass will focus on supporting participants' personal researches that aim to address some of the key issues of the present time. Through a series of group and individual meetings, the participants will learn how to improve their projects by gaining a deeper understanding of the methodology behind a coherent artistic project and will be invited to evaluate and experiment with a wide range of visual languages and methods of presentation, often pushing photography to its boundaries. 

The course will start on 19 February, application deadline - 11 February 2021! 

Online masterclass – Text and Image, Image and Text

We are happy to announce a series of online masterclasses for the period winter - spring 2021!
The first to come is a two month masterclass with Jörg Colberg - "Text and Image, Image and Text". Throughout the history of photography, images and text have been made to work together to communicate something that is beyond their individual abilities. During the course, the participants will develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between images and text and will elaborate their own image-text project. 
The course will start on 9 February, application deadline - 1 February 2021! 

Pieteikšanās kursam "Ievads fotogrāfijā" tiešsaistē

Atvērta pieteikšanās ISSP Skolas 8 nedēļu intensīvajam kursam "Ievads fotogrāfijā", kas sāksies 28. janvārī un notiks tiešsaistē. Kurss paredzēts ikvienam fotogrāfijas interesentam, kas vēlas apgūt fotogrāfiskās domāšanas pamatus un kameras tehniskās iespējas, pildot praktiskus uzdevumus un piedaloties radošās nodarbībās. Dalībniekiem būs iespēja iespēja saņemt padomus un atgriezenisko saiti no pasniedzējiem Ivetas Gabaliņas un Sandija Ruļuka visā kursa garumā.

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).

Aijas Bley ilustrāciju grāmatas “8.b klase” atklāšanas vakars

Aicinām uz Aijas Bley ilustrāciju grāmatas “8.b klase” atklāšanas vakaru 9. decembrī no plkst. 17.00 līdz 20.00, kura laikā ISSP Galerijā būs iespējams (individuāli) satikt autori un iegādāties grāmatu par īpašu cenu.

“8. b klase” veidota kā pusaudzes dienasgrāmata, kas vizuālā valodā dokumentē autores atmiņas par skolā pavadīto laiku. Unikālās 80. gadu sākuma liecības atklāj visdažādākās tēmas - arī mīlestību, sevis meklējumus, pieaugšanu un nāvi.

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!

SALE :: ISSP plānotājs 2021 / Weekly Planner 2021

Priecājamies ziņot, ka iznācis tēmai “Natural Phenomena” veltīts  ISSP plānotājs 2021. gadam – lieliska dāvana svētkos! To iespējams iegādāties ISSP Galerijā Berga bazārā, internetveikalā, kā arī izmeklētos dizaina lietu veikalos un grāmatnīcās.

We are happy to announce the ISSP Weekly Planner 2021 has been released, featuring original photographs under the theme “Natural Phenomena”. The planner can be purchased at the ISSP Gallery, online, or at selected design and book stores in Riga.

Opening Day :: ISSP Weekly Planner 2021 — Natural Phenomena

Pēc gada pārtaukuma ISSP plānotājs atgriežas svaigā veidolā! Aicinām uz atklāšanas dienu 26. novembrī, kad no 12.00 līdz 20.00 ISSP Galerijā un mūsu internetveikalā to būs iespēja iegādāties par īpašu prezentācijas cenu. 

After a year-long break, the ISSP Weekly Planner returns in a fresh look! During the Opening Day, on November 26, from 12 to 8 PM the Planner will be available for a special launch price both at the ISSP Gallery and online.

The winner of the Riga Photography Biennial – NEXT and ISSP Gallery’s Award 2021

The Riga Photography Biennial’s – NEXT and ISSP Gallery’s Award “Seeking the Latest in Photography!” has been presented to Visvaldas Morkevičius for his series “Looking forward to meet Me”. The special prize – an opportunity to publish a photography book with NoRoutine Books publishing house was awarded to Kristīne Krauze Slucka and her series “Vibrations of a material universe. Thirst of gold”. The winning series by Morkevičius will be exhibited at a solo exhibition at the ISSP Gallery in April 2021.

Rīgas Fotogrāfijas biennāles – NEXT 2021 un ISSP Galerijas konkursa “Meklējam jauno fotogrāfijā!” balvu ieguvis Visvalds Morkevičs ar sēriju “Gaidu tikšanos ar sevi”. Speciālbalvu – iespēju izdot savu grāmatu – izdevniecība “NoRoutine Books” piešķīra Kristīnei Krauzei Sluckai par projektu “Materiālā visuma vibrācijas. Zelta slāpes”. Visvalda Morkeviča darbi būs redzami personālizstādē ISSP Galerijā 2021. gada aprīlī.