Discussion Longing for a Border dedicated to young artists in the context of contemporary photography
The discussion of Riga Photography Biennale 2017 examines current trends in modern photography and new artists who continue to transform the complex identity of the field of photography. Among the invited European contemporary art experts are representatives from education, museums, information media, residencies and festivals, whose interests comprise the current photo medium and collaboration with new artists.
Photography as a tool for visual communication is utilised within various art disciplines, although not everyone using this medium associates themselves with the field of photography. Identification with a certain discipline of art, even for multidisciplinary artists, inevitably brings about questions about the boundaries of the medium. Is professional membership determined by approaches and thinking or is it simply about longing to have clearly set boundaries for one’s identity? What are the aims and visions that drive new photographers towards the art of photography and what are the observations and expectations held by educators, curators and representatives from various arts institutions? These and other questions will be expanded and explored as part of the discussion.
Moderator: Kārlis Vērpe (Latvia)
Participants: Marianne Ager (Denmark), Gintare Krasuckaite (Lithuania), Laura Kuusk (Estonia), Adam Mazur (Poland), Marina Valle Noronha (Finland), Baiba Tetere (Latvia)
Curator: Šelda Puķīte (Latvia)
Organisers: Riga Photography Biennale in collaboration with the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art.
Image: Akseli Valmunen, A Newborn Clone, from the series The Same New Pet, 2016