START APRIL 2018
  • 6April
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    Laila Halilova’s, Rūta Kalmuka’s, Anda Magone’s group exhibition Implicit Memory

    And what are your earliest childhood memories? Have you noticed how memories mould identity? How has our understanding of personality in history been changed by the fact that before photography people had no way of knowing what they looked like as children? Can you separate the photographic evidence of your past from how you really felt at the time? Isn’t it fascinating how black-and- white photos can conjure up old smells, sounds, colours and emotions?

    6April
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    Inga Erdmane’s (LV) solo exhibition The Pleasure of Ignorance

    In 2016 Inga Erdmane created a social art project in the form of a photography workshop for five clients of the Latvian Probation Service. This led to a 1000 page photo book – a testament to the pleasure that ignorance can bring to the artistic process and shows how five "naive amateurs" allowed their freedom from understanding photographic conventions to produce a compelling collection of images.

    6April
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    Exhibition Today I’m a Mermaid. Tomorrow I’ll be a Unicorn

    The exhibition Today I’m a Mermaid. Tomorrow I’ll Be a Unicorn features seven artists and several global pop megastars. The project’s title is derived from a popular slogan mass printed on infant creepers, t-shirts and other items of clothing to promote sales in stores and online. The ambiguous message can be interpreted either as a critical socio-political commentary on contemporary society, its shifting values and peculiar heroes, or as an invitation to let one’s imagination roam free, without defining or limiting oneself within set frameworks of identity and thinking.

    7April
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    Outdoor project I Want You!

    I Want You! is a collaborative project between Latvian photographer Renis Hofmanis and Estonian artist, designer and critic Margus Tamm. Following the finest traditions of commercial advertising and propaganda posters, it calls on everyone to join the Baltic “magical army,” in which the imagined and the real merge into a single invincible machine.

    April9
  • 11April
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    GolfClayderman (LV) exhibition Video salon

    In a radio interview, artist Aksels Bruks from the collective GolfClayderman once remarked that in art he was only interested in friendship and love. He added that he wasn’t much into sorrow and sombre stuff. Although a statement like that coming from a contemporary artist could seem hopelessly naïve, it achieved exactly the opposite. It sounded convincing and true.

    12April
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    Riga Photography Biennial 2018 Central Event – Screen Age I: Self-Portrait

    It’s a story about us – the representatives of civilisation in the 21 st century – who steadily endeavour to order everything in digital systems and prefer to partake in information wars only. The fulfilment of dreams that until recently was exclusively confined to the science fiction genre is making modern humans more and more accustomed to previously unparalleled levels of comfort. The dizzying development of new technologies imperceptibly and yet at a steady pace has been altering our habits, followed by changes in perception and awareness.

    13April
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    Riga Photography Biennial Award 2018 Seeking the Latest in Photography!

    The goal of the Seeking the Latest in Photography award is to discover and appraise the creative efforts of young artists, who show the power of the image in their works, offering an original point of view and conceptual depth, suited to the times. The Riga Photography Biennial Award 2018 Seeking the Latest in Photography has been awarded to Diāna Tamane (Latvia), Taavi Suisalu (Estonia) and Kristīne Madjare (Latvia). The special prize from NoRoutine Books’ (Lithuania) – an opportunity to publish own photography book - has been awarded to Madara Gritāne (Latvia).

    13April
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    Symposium Now Memories

    The symposium Now Memories brings together a selection of researchers – some of whom have themselves contributed to the writing of the history of photography – to show, through a selection of case studies, how the history of photography has been written. Of special interest is the stuff of which history is made. First of all, the question of who holds the power and by what means is it gained to determine the authors whose works get mentioned in the history books, and why? E.g. why do exhibitions have such a modest role in art history? And would the history change if we were to include exhibitions and give them more prominence in the writing of it?

    13April
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    Dedication to Latvia’s Centenary – exhibition On the Side of the Sun. Testament to the Time by Uldis Briedis

    The essence of Uldis Briedis’ photographic archive is measured in time and not size. His path as a documentarian has crossed several time zones – the Soviet period, the National Awakening, the chaos of the 1990s, our current time and something else rather unfathomable to the mind - which I’d like to refer to as congealed time in Siberia. The exhibition at Daugavpils Mark Rothko Centre is going to be the largest show of Uldis Briedis’ work to date, and will feature, as a testimony to time, a significant number of images gathered over 50 years.

    21April
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    Rogier Arents (NL) solo exhibition Heart Bloom

    Installation Heart Bloom by Dutch artist Rogier Arents measures heartbeat and visualises its data in the shape of a flower using a plotter pen. The rhythm of pen and its ‘path’ are linked to a physical source, for example, a heart rate monitor and creates a new way of visualising personal health information.

    21April
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    Discussion Image and propaganda

    Participants of the interdisciplinary discussion Image and Propaganda will turn to image (photograph, graphic image, work of visual art etc.) as an instrument conveying a specific message, exploring intentional or accidental formation of its identities and meanings within the framework of certain discourses. The participants of the discussion will reflect about the practices and trends over the past century and today, aiming to identify current and generalisable characteristics in the use of image as an instrument of visual communication and ideology in art, social media and other zones of public space.

    26April
  • 29April
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    Mapping Artistic Research. Presentation by Vytautas Michelkevičius (LT)

    Since 2002, internationally renowned Lithuanian media and art theorist, researcher and curator Vytautas Michelkevičius has published more than ten catalogues and books on media theory, art and photography. He has also headed research projects on forming strategies for contemporary art and photography history, encouraging a more critical assessment of traditional documentation methodologies, contextual conditions and the creators of history themselves.

    8May
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    Landscape in the History of Latvian Photography. Lecture by Katrīna Teivāne-Korpa

    Historically, landscape has been the favourite source of motifs for Latvian photographers. It still has not lost its significance today. Scenes of the native country have been immortalised for artistic purposes and recorded for historical memory as well. The lecture will mostly dwell on the manifestations of photography at the beginning of the 20th century and also during the interwar period.

    11May
  • 12May
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    Identity Issues: Irena Kalicka, Zofia Krawiec, Mateusz Sarello, Marta Zgierska

    Polish photography is at a crossroads. It has an identity issue. The decades-long documentation of a national history as intricate as it is dramatic has rather unexpectedly found itself out of step. There is no longer either a need or a duty to reinforce the cultural core or to bear witness to heinous crimes and massacres, to heroic deeds and the blood, sweat and tears of opposition.

    14June
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    Yves Ullen (BE). Tribute. In cooperation with Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre

    There are numerous references to painting in Yves Ullens’ work. The optical effects and the geometric compositions of certain images such as Blue Floating Shapes into Red, Disco Lights or White Light Sculpture evoke the kinetic works of Victor Vasarely or Bridget Riley. His more recent works in the Coloured Meditation series evoke the Colorfield Paintings of Mark Rothko, who used to express himself by means of one or more colours, with vague contours, laid flat on the canvas.

    16June
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