In 2014, Riga will become the European Capital of Culture. Seeing so many local and international creative projects baking in my hometown is truly remarkable and inspiring.
With the International Summer School of Photography hosting workshops since 2006 and opening a permanent school in Riga two years ago, the photographic scene in the country is nowhere near the level it used to be (=practically non-existent) at the time I left for the UK. Nevertheless, some of the events happening within the framework of the Riga Photo Month are of exceptionally high standard and leave me hopeful about the future of the medium in my homeland.
In preparation for the next year’s programme, the Latvian Academy of Art hosts an exhibition of two celebrated Scandinavian photographers Anders Petersen (Sweden) and Jacob Aue Sobol (Denmark), titled Veins. The show is truly remarkable not only for the artistic quality of the work on display, but also the breathtaking presentation, with rows of large-scale black-and-white prints creating an immersive experience of inhabiting the fascinating worlds of the two talented artist.
The opening event featured an artists talk, with both photographers sharing their early work and discussing the years of creative practice that followed.
The exhibition is on display until the 12th September – definitely worth visiting if you find yourself in our corner of the world!