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Riga Photography Biennial

The Riga Photography Biennial (RPB) is an international contemporary art event, focusing on the analysis of visual culture and artistic representation. The term ‘photography’ in the title of the biennial is used as an all-embracing concept encompassing a mixed range of artistic image-making practices that have continued to transform the lexicon of contemporary art in the 21 st century.

The biennial covers issues ranging from cultural theory to current socio-political processes in the Baltics and the wider European region. Using the format of an art festival, Riga Photography Biennial attempts to record changes taking place all over the world and invites us to collectively interpret them – something we not only need to see but also imagine whilst translating the complicated and oversaturated contemporary visual language into meaningful relationships between our daily reality, the camera lens, historic material, contemporary art, technologies and the future. How has our understanding of photography and image changed because of digital technologies, and how does it manifest itself in the work of art? For the organisers of the biennial these are important questions to present and analyse, whilst at the same time introducing Latvian audiences to leading works of international art as well as the ideas of prominent art theoreticians presented in the form of symposiums, discussions and publications in parallel with exhibitions and performances.

You are sincerely welcome to the opening week of Biennial from 9th until 18th of April! Meet you soon in Riga exploring an extensive program of exhibitions, discussions, performances and cinema!

ARTISTS
Richard ALEXANDERSSON (SE), Janusz BĄKOWSKI (PL), Zofia CHOMĘTOWSKA (PL), Zbigniew DŁUBAK (PL), Joan FONTCUBERTA (ES), Santa France (LV), Andrés Galeano (ES), Toms Harjo (LV), Mariusz HERMANOWICZ (PL), Artor Jesus INKERÖ (FI), Jodi (Joan HEEMSKERK (NL) & Dirk PAESMANS (BE)), Sveinn Fannar JOHANNSSON (NO), Evy JOKHOVA (UK/RU/EE), Maren Dagny JUELL (NO), Flo KASEARU (EE), Ode de KORT (BE), Margit LÕHMUS (EE), Jerzy LEWCZYŃSKI (PL), Tom LOVELACE (UK), Visvaldas MORKEVIČIUS (LT), Kristina ÕLLEK (EE) & Kert VIIART (EE), Marek PIASECKI (PL), Ingrīda Pičukāne (LV), Catherine RANNOU (FR), Tuomo RAINIO (FI), Mārtiņš RATNIKS (LV), Jodi ROSE (AU), Jaanus SAMMA (EE), Joachim SCHMID (DE), SEMICONDUCTOR (Ruth JARMAN & Joe GERHARDT (UK)), Eva STENRAM (SE), Andrejs Strokins (LV), Tadeusz SUMIŃSKI (PL), Iiu SUSIRAJA (FI), Emilija ŠKARNULYTĖ (LT), Diāna TAMANE (LV/EE), Rvīns Varde (LV), Saana WANG (FI), Jeremy WOOD (UK), Wojciech ZAMECZNIK (PL), Antoni ZDEBIAK (PL)

PARTICIPANTS OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Adam MAZUR (PL), Ulrika FERM (FI), Paul SCHEDING (DE), Jonas LARSEN (DK), Andreas VENTSEL (EE), Marco de MUTIIS (CH), Kadri LIND (EE), Krzysztof CANDROWICZ (PL), Jonas BÜCHEL (DE/LV), Liene JURGELĀNE (LV), Guntars RUSKULS (LV), Atis EGLIŅŠ EGLĪTIS (LV), Šelda PUĶĪTE (LV), Līga Spunde (LV), Santa FRANCE (LV), Evarts Melnalksnis (LV), Gundega Laiviņa (LV), Līna Birzaka-Priekule (LV), Jonas BÜCHEL (DE/ LV), Paulius PETRAITIS (LT), Tom LOVELACE (UK), Evy JOKHOVA (UK/RU/EE), Ode de KORT (BE), Maija Rudovska (LV), Guna ŠEVKINA (LV), Marta PRZYBYŁO (PL), Ingrīda PIČUKĀNE (LV), Ronit PORAT (IL)

CURATORS
Inga Brūvere (LV), Evita Goze (LV), Indrek Grigor (EE), Elina Kempele (LV), Adam Mazur (PL), Paulius PETRAITIS (LT), Šelda Puķīte (LV), Astrīda RIŅĶE (LV), Marie Sjøvold (NO), Jean-Luc SORET (FR) & Collectif NUNC

PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
State Culture Capital Foundation (Valsts kultūrkapitāla fonds), Riga City Council, Education, Culture, and Sports Department of Riga City Council, Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland), Latvian National Museum of Art (Latvijas Nacionālais mākslas muzejs), Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka / National Library of Latvia, Exhibition hall ‘Riga Art Space’ (Rīgas mākslas telpa), Alma Gallery, ISSP Gallery, Latvian Museum of Photography/Latvijas Fotogrāfijas muzejs, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Cēsis Exhibition hall, book shop, bar Bolderāja, cinema Kino Bize, Goethe-Institut Riga, Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Poland Embassies in Latvia, French Institute in Latvia, Archeology of Photography Foundation (Poland), LG Electronics Latvia, Rixwell Hotels, Lux Express, Printing house ‘ADverts’, Hibnerstudio, Valmiermuiža Brewery (Valmiermuižas alus darītava) and many others.

VENUES:
Latvijas Nacionālais mākslas muzejs, Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka, Izstāžu zāle "Rīgas mākslas telpa", Latvijas Fotogrāfijas muzejs, Galerija ALMA, ISSP Galerija, Rīgas pilsētas sabiedriskā transporta pieturvietas, grāmatnīca, bārs Bolderāja, Kino Bize, Cēsu Izstāžu nams, Daugavpils Marka Rotko mākslas centrs

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