New photography exhibition in Rīga by Paulius Petraitis

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From May 20 to July 3, within the framework of the Rīga Photography Biennial 2022, visitors will be ale to see a new exhibition, “Surfaces”, by the Lithuanian artist Paulius Petraitis at the ISSP Gallery in the Latvian capital.

In his first solo exhibition in Latvia, Petraitis focuses on the study of analog and digital materiality in photography. The opening of the exhibition, accompanied by the artist, is on May 19 at 18.00.

"The exhibition “Surfaces” expands on the Riga Photography Biennial 2022 central theme – isolation – and offers viewers the opportunity to study the development of informative image coding. The exhibition application explains that photographs are usually viewed as transparent. It is assumed that a photograph is not viewed at the surface of the image, but rather through it to contemplate the scene an image reveals. This transparency of the medium serves many purposes, specifically, it enables the photographic image to function as the universal communicative language it is today," say organizers.

Paulius Petraitis (1985) is an artist, theorist, and independent curator based in Vilnius. His practice orbits around image-making in broader social and cultural contexts. Much of his work explores the role of technology in meaning-making and examines ways photographic images function in online and offline environments.

Riga Photography Biennial 2022 takes place in Riga exhibition halls and urban environment from April 22 to July 10. A total of eight international exhibitions and an extensive educational program will be available to spectators during the event.

More on Riga Photography Biennial: The ISSP Gallery is located at Berga Bazārs, Marijas iela 13 k-3:

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