Contemporary Baltic and Nordic Photography Exhibition Visits China

Contemporary Baltic and Nordic Photography Exhibition Visits China
Publicity photo . Exhibition “Viewfinders. Contemporary Baltic and Nordic Photography” at the Riga Art Space. 2014
The central event of Riga Photomonth 2014, the exhibition “Viewfinders. Contemporary Baltic and Nordic Photography” on show at the Riga Art Space from the 8th of may to the 5th of June as part of the “Riga 2014” Programme, has now travelled to the Chinese city of Pingyao where the 14th China Pingyao International Photography Festival will run from the 19th of September to the 25th of September.

The festival was first organised in 2001, and has since become one of the largest photography festivals in China. Every autumn the festival features several exhibitions from all over the world – Asia, America, Africa, Europe and Australia. This year, the festival’s programme also includes the exhibition “Viewfinders. Contemporary Baltic and Nordic Photography”.

The exhibition focuses on people trying to find their selves in the contemporary world – the interactions between the private and the public, the local and the global, the mental and the physical. At the same time, the exhibition looks at the trends in contemporary photography as an art practice because, due to the rapid technological development these days, the importance and message of the photographic images needs to be re-evaluated. Today, photography is everywhere, used by everyone. A range of other ideas has joined the classic perception of the photograph as an aesthetic and documentary image, and it is necessary to identify this new content.

Participating in the exhibition are contemporary photographers, which not only denotes the time when their works were created but also the artists’ interest in the current developments and themes. The main themes explored in the works showcased at the exhibition were selected by the exhibition’s curator Inga Brūvere following a study of the Baltic and Nordic photography over the past several years.
The exhibition presents works by Thobias Fäldt & Klara Källström (Sweden), Sara Bjarland (Finland), Astrid Kruse Jensen (Denmark), Marie Sjøvold (Norway), Pétur Thomsen (Iceland), Mindaugas Ažušilis (Lithuania), Indre Šerpytyte (Lithuania), Sarah Gerats (Norway), Joachim Fleinert (Denmark), Lars Tunbjörk (Sweden), Ieva Epnere (Latvia) and Ivars Grāvlejs (Latvia).

“Viewfinders. Contemporary Baltic and Nordic Photography” was organised by the 2014 Riga Photomonth in co-operation with the “Riga 2014” foundation, the Danish Cultural Institutes in Riga and Beijing, Nordic Council of Ministers office in Riga, and Foto Kvartāls.

The exhibition is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and the Latvian and Norwegian Embassies in China.

More information about Riga Photomonth 2014 is available here.

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