SELF PUBLISH RIGA Exhibition 2018: 10 May - 3 June 
at ISSP Gallery (Berga Bazārs, Marijas 13 k-3, Riga)

10 May 18.30 Opening of the exhibition and announcement of the SELF PUBLISH RIGA dummy competition winners

The 2018 edition will be dedicated to photobooks & text, and the exhibition will feature a curated photobook collection on this theme (curated by Evita Goze, ISSP, LV), as well as the best photobook dummies submitted to the SELF PUBLISH RIGA open call, the latest photobooks from the Baltics, historical Latvian photobooks (curated by Arnis Balčus, Riga Photomonth, LV), a selection of publications by Akina Books, as well as installation of "Corbeau" by artist Anne Golaz (CH/FI).

Participants: Lisa Stein (UK), Anne Golaz (FI/CH) & Antoine Jaccoud (CH), Dieter Neubert (DE), Alex Bocchetto and Valentina Abenavoli, Akina Books (IT), Juanan Requena (ES), Kaunas Photography Gallery (LT), MACK Books (UK), Lugemik (EE), Orbīta (LV), FK (LV), Neputns (LV), Andrejs Strokins (LV), Māra Brašmane (LV), Vladimirs Svetlovs (LV), Alnis Stakle (LV), Andrejs Grants (LV), Eva Saukāne (LV), Inga Erdmane (LV), Justinas Vilutis (LT), Kārlis Bergs (LV), Līga Spunde (LV), Madara Gritāne (LV), Paul Paper (LT), Romāns Korovins (LV), Visvaldas Morkevicius (LT).

Anne Golaz, "Corbeau"

12 May 12.00-18.00 SELF PUBLISH RIGA talks & presentations

Lisa Stein (UK), Anne Golaz (FI/CH) & Antoine Jaccoud (CH), Dieter Neubert (DE), Alex Bocchetto and Valentina Abenavoli, Akina Books (IT), Juanan Requena (ES)

12.00 - 13.00 Lisa Stein (UK)
Photocaptionist: A Love Affair Between Photographs and Words

The Photocaptionist is a platform devoted to exploring the intriguing relationship between photography and literature, images and words. Managing editor Lisa Stein will introduce the theoretical premises and special features of the platform, as well as other projects – cross-publishing, recent exhibitions curated by the Photocaptionist, and how this all relates to the photobook movement.

Lisa Stein is a London-based editor and writer specialising in photography. Managing editor at the Photocaptionist and assistant reviews editor at the Burlington Magazine. 

13.00 - 14.00 Anne Golaz (FI/CH) & Antoine Jaccoud (CH)
Towards Intertwined Ways of Telling. A conversation on the genesis of the book "Corbeau".

Published by MACK in 2017, "Corbeau" is part memoir, part tableau - a multi-layered narrative collage tracing life and death in the rural farm on which Swiss artist Anne Golaz grew up. Made over a twelve-year period and bridging three generations, the three-part book weaves together photographs, video stills and drawings, with texts by the author, screenwriter and playwright, Antoine Jaccoud, as well as the artist’s own writings.

Anne Golaz is a Swiss photographer based in Finland. Antoine Jaccoud is a Swiss author, playwright and screenwriter based in Lausanne. Corbeau is their first collaboration.

14.00 - 15.00 lunch break

15.00 - 16.00 Dieter Neubert (DE)
Let’s Read Some Favourite Photobooks

„I feel something like an essence in photography which has been multiplied in a rotary press.“ (Daido Moriyama)
In a traditional understanding, a photobook is just a book that uses photographs to illustrate text-stories, or an exhibition catalogue or a documentation of photographic collections. But a photobook is not just a group of pictures put together, and it is not the sum of its photographs - it is much more. Dieter Neubert will present and speak about some of his personal favourite photobooks.

Dieter Neubert is Founder and Director of the Kassel Fotobookfestival and Founder of the Kassel Photobook and Dummy Awards.

16.00 - 17.00 Alex Bocchetto and Valentina Abenavoli, Akina Books (IT)
Out of Stock - An Adventure in Publishing

The editors and publishers of AKINA Books Alex Bocchetto and Valentina Abenavoli will present the joys and pains of 5 years of publishing photobooks. A love story with printed matter, from zines to collective books, providing an insight into the current photobook market and trends.

AKINA Books is an independent publishing house of photobooks as objects to crease, love, collect. Founded in 2012, it has published more than 35 titles in both hand-made and offset-printed editions from emerging and established photographers.

17.00 - 18.00 Juanan Requena (ES)
The Goal is the Path

An artist talk by Juanan Requena, prolific maker of unique hand-made artist books that often take the form of personal diaries. “I deeply believe that we are all what we can still do: the next challenge, the next step, the white page we´ll fill up with a mixture of fantasy and intuition.” The talk will provide an insight into his creative process and struggles along the way.

Juanan Requena is an artist, book-maker and teacher currently based in Nauchipán, somewhere in Spain.

The programme will be held English. Free admission.

Working hours:
Tue, Thu–Sat 12:00–18:00;
Wed 12:00–20:00