Publication of the Riga Photography Biennial Off-Year Event 2017
This publication marks the Off-Year Event of the Riga Photography Biennial 2017 and reflects on its events and participants, offering an in-depth analysis of the themes explored by its exhibition programme and discursive events.
In his essay ‘’What does a woman want?’ Thoughts on the New Polish Photography’, contemporary photography scholar Adam Mazur (Poland) turns his attention to the new generation of female photographers who are currently leading the field of photography in Poland. Philosopher and publicist Kārlis Vērpe (Latvia) in essay ‘The insatiability of the new: what’s the new for?’ reflects on the many ways hunger for something new has long been embedded in our culture. Art historian Aiga Dzalbe (Latvia) introduces the authors of ‘Public = Private’ exhibition – French artists born in the late 1980s – and their work, which uses photography to document our relationship with architecture as a socially polysemous urban space. Italian art critic and curator Paola Paleari discusses the online project ‘Snakes and Ladders’ by Latvian artist Vika Eksta, analysing the principles applied to her GIF creation and the influence of early cinema on her work. Curator Lizete Riņķe (Latvia / Denmark) introduces ‘ΜΗΧΑΝΙΚΟΣ’ (Michanikos) by Danish artist Amalie Smith and the tale of ancient Greek folk dance that inspired this piece. Culture journalist Laura Brokāne (Latvia) speaks to Latvian photographer Gunta Podiņa about her long term social photography project ‘We are not invisible’, in which she documents the lives of inhabitants of Strazdumuiža – a ‘village for blind people’ in Latvia. Art historian Šelda Puķīte (Latvia) presents the discussion ‘Longing for a border’ featuring different European art experts who debate the identity of photography as a contemporary art medium.
Editor: Santa Mičule (Latvia)
Available from the Latvian Museum of Photography, Marstalu Street 8 (entrance from Alksnaju Street), Riga, www.fotomuzejs.lv or ordering via email email@example.com
Image: Margarita Ogoļceva (Latvija)