International contemporary art event Riga Photography Biennial 2020 that will take place from the 9th of April until 19th of July in Riga, Cēsis and Daugavpils (Latvia), announces participants.
This year the Riga Photography Biennial has decided to focus on the archaeology of reality, while continuing to trace the development of image culture. Currently image, as one of the carriers of information, has largely lost its documentary representative function. At the same time it has gained autonomy to create and imitate infinite meanings and realities. Rapid technological development has not only brought unprecedented levels of comfort but also changed our consciousness and perception. Whilst orienting ourselves in numerous systems of concurrent realities, we are necessitated to acquire new skills of visual comprehension.
How do we now perceive and experience reality, while the division between physical and digital realities becomes blurred and our communication dominated by the plurality of values and realities? Alongside the traditional archaeological approach, studying layers of our past to reveal new visions and perspectives of today, we also focus on the current layer – the legacy of the digital era.
By offering a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions, discussions, symposium and master classes, the Biennial accentuates the question of if and how we can coexist within the plurality of realities – either by ignoring and running away, or by embracing a shared vision in relation to some object, occurrence or event.
Riga Photography Biennial (RPB) is an international contemporary art event, focusing on the analysis of visual culture and artistic representation. 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.
First Riga Photography Biennial took place in April, 2016.
Richard ALEXANDERSSON (SE), Janusz BĄKOWSKI (PL), Zofia CHOMĘTOWSKA (PL), Maria CHRZĄSZCZOWA (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), 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)
Inga BRŪVERE (LV), Evita GOZE (LV), Indrek GRIGOR (EE), Elīna ĶEMPELE (LV), Adam MAZUR (PL), Paul PAPER (LT), Šelda PUĶĪTE (LV), Astrīda RIŅĶE (LV), Marie SJØVOLD (NO), Jean-Luc SORET (FR) & Collectif NUNC
PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, Education, Culture, and Sports Department of Riga City Council, Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland), Latvian National Museum of Art, National Library of Latvia, Exhibition hall ‘Riga Art Space’, Gallery ALMA, ISSP Gallery, Latvian Museum of Photography, 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 Hotel, Lux Express, Printing house ‘ADverts’, Hibnerstudio, Valmiermuiža Brewery and many others.