Applications open for Flâneur Photography Residency in Riga, Latvia
Inspired by the idea of flâneurism – seemingly aimless wanderings around the city – the Spring 2016 one-month residency in Riga, Latvia is designed for photography artists interested in developing work in and around urban space. The influential 20th century philosopher Walter Benjamin wrote that for a flâneur “the walls are the desk against which he presses his notebooks; news-stands are his libraries and the terraces are the balconies from which he looks down on his household after his work is done”. We’re searching for photography artists with an original perspective on present day city-dwelling.
The residency period is three to four weeks in April – May 2016, and the artists-in-residence are expected to participate in a presentation or pop-up exhibition at the end of their stay, showcasing the work created during their time in Riga. The event will be part of the official Riga Photomonth 2016 (www.rigaphotomonth.com) programme and will be organised in cooperation with the Orbita creative collective of poets and artists (http://orbita.lv/about).
Applications are invited from photographers and artists working with photography with a European Union nationality. There are no limitations regarding age, background and photographic style. Two residents matching the criteria will be chosen based on the strength of their applications. The artists-in-residence will receive free of charge accommodation for the duration of the stay, a return ticket to Riga, as well as a stipend of 1000 EUR to support their practice and subsistence costs during the residency.
The Flâneur Riga residency is organised by ISSP in the framework of the “Flâneur: New urban narratives” project (http://flnr.org), and supported by the EU Creative Europe Programme and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.
Application deadline: 3 January 2016
More information and applications: http://ej.uz/flaneur_riga
Riga Photomonth Open Call for Photo Projects in The Urban Environment
Riga Photomonth in collaboration with JCDecaux announces an open call for entries under the title Territories, Borders and Check-Points. The submitted works will be reviewed by international jury and the selected works will be exhibited throughout the city of Riga during the Photomonth in May 2016, using JCDecaux advertising stands.
In order to bring contemporary photography into the urban environment, Riga Photomonth photography festival invites emerging photographers worldwide to submit existing or create new work that deals with the subject of the exhibition. It is a chance for photographers to share their work with wider audiences in the largest city of the Baltics and participate in one of the main photography events of the region. Photographers are welcome to interpret the subject according to their personal experience. The organizers are open and interested in seeing both deeply personal and private stories as well as critical socio-political narratives about local and global events. The submitted entries will be reviewed by international jury, including, Swedish photographer and curator JH Engström; Salvatore Vitale, editor-in-chief of Swiss photography magazine YET; Andrei Liankevich, photographer and director of the Minsk Month of Photography in Belarus; Louise Clements, artistic director of the most prominent British photography festival FORMAT; Rui Prata, director of HOP Helsinki Photography Festival; Andrei Bezukladnikov, editor of Russian online journal photographer.ru; as well as Jelena Brokane, JCDecaux Latvia CEO. The submissions are open on the festival website www.rigaphotomonth.com through 1 February 2016. The selected works will be on display in the urban environment during Riga Photomonth 2016 in May.
Riga Photomonth is a bi-annual festival that first took place in 2014, running a challenging programme also in the off-years. The festival aims to turn Riga into an international meeting platform ensuring networking opportunities among Nordic, Baltic and East European photographers. Riga Photomonth 2016 is organized by non-profit organizations Riga Photomonth, the ISSP and FK Magazine, as well as other partners in Latvia and internationally.
Riga Photomonth 2016 coordinator
Submissions open for the SELF PUBLISH RIGA international book dummy contest
Until April 20, photographers and visual artists are invited to submit their photobook dummies and self-published books for the international SELF PUBLISH RIGA competition. The winning entries will be featured in an exhibition as part of Riga Photo Month in May 2014.
Self-publishing makes it possible for artists to make and distribute their books themselves, avoiding the restrictions dictated by mass production. Bookmaking has become a more democratic process, available to everyone. The aim of SELF PUBLISH RIGA is to introduce a wider audience to the concept of self-publishing, using succesful examples to focus on its possibilities.
Entries will be judged by an international jury: Markus Schaden (founder of the Schaden.com, DE), Teun van der Heijden (photobook designer, NL), Ania Nalecka (photobook designer, PL), Matt Johnston (founder of the Photobook Club, UK), Juris Petraškēvics (artist and professor, Art Academy of Latvia) and Nico Baumgarten (photographer and bookmaker, DE). Members of the jury as well as other international partners from Portugal, Sweden, Poland, Estonia and Lithuania will visit Riga in May for the SELF PUBLISH RIGA event, including a photobook exhibition, discussions, lectures and workshops.
The winner of the contest will have the chance to attend an International Summer School of Photography 2014 (http://www.issp.lv/en/summer-school/2014/about) workshop of their choice free of charge; the three best entries will receive individual porfolio reviews with the jury members. Top Ten books will receive a special online feature. More information on the competition and submission requirements: www.selfpublishriga.com