START MAY 2021
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    Riga Photography Biennial – NEXT 2021 Emerging Curator! Award winner Tīna Pētersone's exhibition

    The exhibition To Fall in Love, Click Here looks at how dating apps have influenced today's culture of building romantic relationships. The commercialized love industry with a global turnover in the billions cultivates the idea of love as a product; specially developed algorithms help you choose from a wide range of potential partners to get the best 'deal'.

    8.May
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    Exhibition ‘Inexplicable, Yet a Fact’

    Inexplicable, yet a fact. To some, this sentence means absolutely nothing. For others, it is a trivial, meaningless phrase to be thrown into a conversation in any context. However, for some people, it is directly associated with the pseudo-documentary show Необъяснимо, но факт created by the Russian TNT television channel, which examined issues of aliens, werewolves, vampires and political conspiracy theories for three seasons, from 2005 to 2008.

    14.MAY
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    ‘Re-visions’ symposium

    The development of contemporary art has seen the emergence of ever new creative strategies, formats and organizational practices, a challenging and redefining of existing boundaries on many levels, as well as shifts in the relationship between art and the artist with the spectator and society at large.

    Technology has played a fundamental role in the development of art. The internet and new media have not only served as a unique resource for creating, distributing and archiving art, but have also provided new opportunities for exhibiting and experiencing it. In the spring of 2020, with the spread of Covid-19 turning into a global pandemic, these virtual and online formats took on an unprecedented relevance.

    8.JUNE
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    Vika Eksta’s solo exhibition ‘Zvaigznīte’

    The development of humanity and humans has close links to the way in which "beasts of burden" have been used – both cared for and cherished, as well as enslaved and driven. A typically idyllic theme in painting, the image of a horse has travelled through cave paintings, Romantic painting and sculpture until it arrived at photography, installations and immersive art practices.

    11.june
  • 17.June
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    Exhibition by the winner of NEXT 2021 Award ‘Seeking the Latest in Photography!’ Visvaldas Morkevičius ‘Looking Forward to Meet Me’

    Looking Forward to Meet Me by Morkevičius is realized as a (narcissistic) introspection; an artist’s self-analysis transformed into a visual and spatial work. The title of the project is a projection of a future moment, an impending encounter with oneself. While the collection of works within the project includes one self-portrait, the photograph remains almost imperceptible as it is framed underneath a stained glass pane. The project is thus a portrait ‘in becoming’ that relies on art history symbols, tropes borrowed from classical mythology, psychoanalytic interpretations, and personal memories.

    9.July
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    Award ‘Seeking the Latest in Photography!’ finalists presentation evening

    This is the fourth year the Riga Photography Biennial’s - NEXT and ISSP Gallery Award for young Baltic photographers has been presented. The goal of the award is to discover and appraise the creative efforts of young artists who demonstrate the power of the image in their works, offering an original point of view and conceptual depth, suited to the times. Award finalist’s work presentation evening provides an opportunity to take a look at the projects by 5 young artists of the Baltic States.

    15.July
  • 22.July
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    NoRoutine Books prize – presentation of Kristīne Krauze-Slucka’s book Vibrations of a Material Universe. Thirst of Gold

    For four years now the Riga Photography Biennial - NEXT has been collaborating with the Lithuanian publisher NoRoutine Books to evaluate entries for the Seeking the Latest in Photography! award. An international jury of experts is charged with judging the submissions and selecting one young Baltic artist to receive the main prize, the opportunity to have their work exhibited in ISSP Gallery, while NoRoutine Books also selects its favourite of the young contenders, giving them the opportunity to publish their own photobook.

    29.July
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    Digital Dark Age. Aap Tepper’s solo exhibition ‘Shadow of Materiality’ and Kristīne Krauze-Slucka’s solo exhibition ‘Obedient Touch’

    With the advent of digital technology, society has entered a new phase of temporality. Speed, mobility and globalism are the hallmarks of this process. Forms of new media communication lay the foundations for a new memory culture in which the individual becomes a consumer of memory. The digital environment opens up new possibilities for the speed, mobility and accessibility of information, but raises fundamental questions about authorship, intellectual property rights, censorship and a democratic approach, without providing a finite guarantee for the preservation of collective memory.

    3.september
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    Conversation with the participants of the exhibition ‘Digital Dark Age’

    Within the framework of the NEXT 2021 educational programme ‘Visions of the Age’, on Facebook platform there will be an opportunity to meet the artists of the exhibition ‘Digital Dark Age’ Kristīne Krauze-Slucka, Aap Tepper and the curator of the exhibition Aneta Skuja. The exhibition is on view at the Latvian Museum of Photography from September 3 until October 3. The online meeting with the artists will be conducted in English.

    17.september
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    Pocket exhibition ‘YOUR POST HAS BEEN REMOVED, YOUR ACCOUNT MIGHT BE DELETED’

    This exhibition features work by ten artists which has been removed from their Instagram accounts for violating the rules of the social networking platform set by the company itself. Some are seemingly amusing cases when Instagram’s algorithm has mistaken a flower or baby bump for something too inappropriate to be seen by its roughly one billion active users. Others are intimate works by female artists or members of the LGBTQ community exploring their sexuality, close-ups of parenthood, documentation of historical events, and, of course, the scandalous female nipple.

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    Anja Carr's solo exhibition ‘Feedings’

    One of Anja Carr's main artistic interests are the endless image feeds that surround us and even flow through our pockets – namely through the smartphones that are always at hand. This greedy consumption of images has prompted the artist to reflect on this phenomenon – the flow of images as one of the most pronounced signs of our time – on several occasions, from various points of view and in various visual media. In Riga, two unrelated but complementary series of works are on view.

    26.November
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