Until 20 March, applications are being accepted for the Portfolio Review of the Riga Photography Biennial - NEXT 2019 contemporary art event. This is a fantastic opportunity for emerging and professional photographers who are still in the early stages of their careers to meet industry representatives from the Baltic states and Europe. Internationally renowned photographers, curators, art historians, book publishers and magazine editors will share their experience and offer advice on how to further develop creative ideas. The Portfolio Review will take place on 5 April 2019 at the ISSP Gallery and the Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Latvia.
The Portfolio Review is open to participants of all ages from all around the world. Applicants are required to submit a presentable portfolio (one to three series of work) in either a printed or digital format. Each participant is guaranteed five individual portfolio review sessions with a mentor. The length of each session is 20 minutes; the review language is English. Applications submitted before 1 March will be offered an early-bird discount. For more information and to apply, click here
The following industry professionals will participate in the Portfolio Review and offer their advice: Marianne Ager (DK), a curator at Brandts Museum of Art and Visual Culture in Odense; Michael Biedowicz (DE), a photo editor and the owner of Pavlov's Dog Gallery; Krzysztof Candrowicz (PL), a co-founder and curator at the Foundation of Visual Education and the International Festival of Photography in Lodz, Poland, the artistic director of the Triennial of Photography in Hamburg, Germany, and a curator of the Porto Biennial in Portugal; Evita Goze (LV), an artist, curator and ISSP Gallery representative; Saara Hacklin (FI), a curator at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art; Virginija Januškevičiūtė (LT), a curator at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius; Solvita Krese (LV), an art critic, curator and the director of the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art; Shoair Mavlian (UK), the director of Photoworks; Adomas Narkevičius (LT), a curator at the Rupert Centre for Art and Education; Andreas Nilsson (SE), a curator, writer and assistant curator at the Moderna Museet Malmö; Šelda Puķīte (LV), an art critic and curator at the Riga Photography Biennial; Vilma Samulionyte and Gytis Skudžinskas (LT), the founders of NoRoutine Books; and Amelie Schüle (DE), curator at Unseen.
The Portfolio Review is part of the opening day events for the Riga Photography Biennial - NEXT 2019. Other opening events will include the opening of the (UN)NATURAL BODIES exhibition by young Polish artists on 4 April, the opening of RPB's 'Seeking the Latest in Photography' award winner Annija Muižule's solo exhibition 'Joyful Businessmen Having Fun in the Office' at the ISSP Gallery on 4 April, and the 'Manifestations of (In)Activism in the Latest Baltic Art' symposium at the ISSP Gallery on 6 April featuring emerging photographers, artists and curators from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany and Poland.
The Riga Photography Biennial (RPB) is an international contemporary art event focusing on the analysis of visual culture and artistic representation. Whilst spanning various fields and encompassing significant events, it creates an opportunity to meet several internationally renowned art industry professionals. The RPB Off-year Programme highlights young and promising artists from the Baltic, Nordic and other European countries who are still in the early stages of their careers, delivering opportunities to announce their presence to a wider context. The Riga Photography Biennial - NEXT embodies the idea of movement by asking 'Does whatever comes next in any way link to what was before? Can the new really be radically new?' The exhibition of the finalists for the 'Seeking the Latest in Photography' award, which is the main event of RPB - NEXT, excites viewers with a contemporary point of view and a conceptual and emotional depth revealing the power of image and presenting work that invites contemplation and reflection on our deepest-held preconceptions.
The Riga Photography Biennial - NEXT 2019 is organised in partnership with the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Riga City Council, ISSP Gallery, Goethe-Institut Riga, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute (PL), the Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Latvia, Alma Gallery, Ziemeļblāzma Culture Palace, Pavlov's Dog Gallery (Berlin/DE), NoRoutine Books (LT), the Latvian Museum of Photography, the Estonian Embassy in Latvia, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, the Embassy of Sweden, Lux Express, Rixwell Hotel and others.
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© Zanda Puče. From the series Frago. Archive of the Kuldīga District Museum. 2018.