Riga Photography Biennal & ISSP Gallery prize winner announced
Congratulations - the Riga Photography Biennial and ISSP Gallery Award ‘Seeking the Latest in Photography!’ has been presented to Annija Muižule (Latvia) for her series ‘Joyful Businessmen Throwing Papers and Having Fun in the Office’. We're excited to show Annija's exhibition at the ISSP Gallery next spring!
Congratulations also to Reinis Lismanis, who received the special prize - an opportunity to publish his "Trial and Error" series as a photography book with NoRoutine Books!
This is the third year the Riga Photography Biennial’s Award for young Baltic photographers has been presented. The RPB received 53 applications from photographers from the three Baltic States. 15 artists were selected during the first round. The jury nominated 10 finalists who will be invited to participate free of charge in the RPB’s Off-year Programme 2019 Portfolio Review: from Estonia – Aap Tepper, Mari-Leen Kiipli, Hedi Jaansoo; from Lithuania – Vytautas Kumza, Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte; from Latvia – Reinis Lismanis, Annija Muižule, Georgs Avetisjans, Paula Jansone and Annemarija Gulbe.
The award was presented by an internationally renowned jury - Michael Biedowicz (DE), photo editor and owner of Pavlov’s Dog Gallery; Iveta Gabaliņa (LV), programme director of the ISSP Gallery; Jonatan Habib Engqvist (SE), curator and writer; Sten Ojave (EE), curator at Center For Contemporary Arts, Estonia; Paul Paper (LT), artist and curator; Daiga Rudzāte (LV), editor-in-chief of ‘Arterritory’ culture portal and director of INDIE culture project agency; Amelie Schuele (DE), exhibition manager Unseen; Mitch Speed (CA/DE), artist and art critic; Diāna Tamane (LV), artist and RPB Award winner 2018.
The jury commented on the award-winning series ‘Joyful Businessmen Throwing Papers and Having Fun in the Office’: “Annija Muižule presents a humorous and critical analysis of contemporary photography, where the artist researches the commodification of images and interplays between images and words. This is done through a conceptually clear and remarkably simple gesture of looking at how emotions are expressed through stock images, as well as the indexical signs provided by jpg names. By focusing on the interaction between suppliers and our expectations, her work acts as an inquiry into the role of contemporary photography. It is a pertinent observation of how these images not only represent but also create the way we understand the world.”
Jodi Bieber on ISSP (29 August 2012):
A magical space for students' struggle, growth and realisations in their photographic development with a lot of fun in between. The passion of the ISSP team carried through to all of us allowing amazing bonds to blossom. PLEASE invite me again!
Phil Toledano on ISSP (28 August 2012):
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from ISSP, but I was suprised on all counts. The level of the students, and their ability AND desire to go beyond what they were used to. I was surprised by the intensity of the experience - how quickly we became a close-knit community, and by how much I got out of it. I was quite sad, when it was all over.
The ISSP 2012 final exhibition in Kuldīga will remain open to the public until 8 September! Come visit!
As every year, the ISSP evening programme is open to all photography lovers - free of charge! Every evening starting from Sunday, 5 August, till Friday, 10 August, we will offer a series of fascinating presentations and artist talks by ISSP masters and invited guests. On Saturday, the 11th, everyone is invited to the Opening of ISSP exhibition at the new Kuldiga Town Exhibition Hall and screening of participants final works at the open air Goldingen cinema. Take a look at the full programme of evening events and start planning your visit to Kuldīga!
The ISSP programme is now online. We are looking forward for 4th August!!
Pieteikšanās jaunajam ISSP Skolas mācību kursam 2012/2014 ir klāt! Ja Tu padziļināti interesējies un nodarbojies ar fotogrāfiju, vēlies paplašināt savu radošo potenciālu un izpratni par fotogrāfijas mediju, gūstot pieredzi no Latvijas labākajiem fotogrāfiem, ISSP Skola ir domāta Tev! Pieteikumus pieņemam līdz 15.jūlijam. Nodarbības sāksies 2012.gada septembrī. Grupas dalībnieku skaits - 20 cilvēki.
Sadarbībā ar starptautisko Lodzas fotofestivālu (Polija), 26.jūnijā Kaņepes Kultūras centrā notiks īpašs festivāla satelītpasākums - 12 Grand Prix konkursa finālistu nakts projekcijas. Lodzas festivāla konkursā katru gadu piedalās vairāk nekā 500 fotogrāfu no visas pasaules. 72 minūšu garā fotoprojekcijā, kas pirmo reizi tika demonstrēta festivāla nakts programmas ietvaros š.g. maijā Lodzā, iekļauti 12 festivāla finālistu projekti.
"Kurš gan nezina, ka nepieklājas jūsmot par fotogrāfijām, kurās attēloti kaķīši un mazi bērni." - Vilņa Vēja recenzija par Skolas izlaiduma izstādi "9 mēneši" Fotokvartālā.
Uzmanību! Meklējam divus brīvprātīgus palīgus digitālās laboratorijas darba nodrošināšanai ISSP 2012 laikā! Pieteikšanās - līdz 13.jūnijam.