INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL
Riga, Latvia | May and August 2016
May 11 2016
Artist talks: Alex F. Webb, Jonas Feige
We cordially invite you to Artist talks by the Flâneur project resident artists in Riga: Alex F. Webb and Jonas Feige!
11.05.16, plkst. 18.30
ISSP Studija, Raiņa bulv. 31 - 11
Alex F. Webb (UK)
Alex's work deals with storytelling in relation to notions of place and landscape. In September 2015 he self-published 'Blind Landing Experimental Unit (BLEU)' which pictorially reinterprets events and evidence relating to a famous UFO conspiracy theory that began with an alleged landing in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk. In November 2015 BLEU was shortlisted for The Anamorphosis Prize, whilst an exhibition of work from the book was held at Webber Gallery Space in London.
Between 2009 and 2014 Alex co-ran Fourteen Nineteen, a photobook publisher geared towards championing younger artists.
From January 05 2016 to January 18 2016
Flâneur - Selected Artists in Residence
We received close to 200 applications for the Flâneur Photography Residency in Riga, and are very happy that the two artists taking part in the programme are Alex F. Webb (UK) and Jonas Feige (Germany). See more at link.
Kuldiga (population 13,500) is one of the oldest and most charming towns in Latvia, which has miraculously preserved its medieval appearance as a 17th century Courlandian capital. The old German name of the town is Goldingen, and secret medieval manuscripts hint that this might have been the place where the treasures of templars were kept, giving foundation to the rise of the brick castle in the 13th century.
The old town of Kuldiga with its maze of roof-tiled buildings, and the river Venta with Europe's widest (proven 250 meters wide!) waterfall are the town’s prime attractions, along with numerous cultural events geared to the inhabitants and visitors alike. In 2007, Kuldiga won the "Best Emerging European Rural Destination of Excellence”, it's historic center has been awarded European Heritage Label in 2008 and is a candidate site for UNESCO World Heritage label. For more about Kuldiga, read here.
The ISSP is housed at Pelči boarding school, 6 km away from Kuldiga. Situated between the village, several fish ponds and a forest, the campus includes two school buildings with classrooms and living quarters, an old park with loads of tree species, and an impressive 19th century Castle where most of the workshop activities take place.
Riga is the capital and the largest city of Latvia, officially founded in the year 1201. With approximately 700,000 inhabitants, Riga is also the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia's population - both Latvian and Russian speakers. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava River. An important local centre for culture, Riga is known for its historical wooden buildings, medieval Old Town and art Nouveau architecture. Developed at the crossroads of trade, Riga has always been a multicultural city, and has inspired many local writers and artists.
Who we are
Association ISSP is a non-commercial education and networking platform for photographers in Latvia and internationally, that works to offer high-quality alternative education for young photographers and to encourage cross-border exchange of ideas in the art of photography.
Since its establishment in 2006, ISSP has yearly run the international summer school of photography, curated a number of exhibitions, initiated international and local photo-education projects, produced a series of publications and catalogues, established a contemporary photography education programme in Latvia, and, most importantly, gathered a thriving community of young photographers in Latvia and abroad - our students and teachers come from over 25 countries, five continents.