Riga Photography Biennial exhibition ‘On Photographic Beings’ opens October 3

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From 3rd of October until 8th of November Riga Photography Biennial 2020 exhibition ‘On Photographic Beings’ will be on show at Latvian National Museum of Art. 

"The display sets out to investigate photographic beings as multidimensional, complex and often ambiguous. The artists featured in the exhibition are Evy Jokhova (UK/Estonia/Russia), Ode de Kort (Belgium) and Tom Lovelace (UK), curator – artist and theorist Paulius Petraitis (LT)," says publicity material.

"In the framework of the exhibition the artists specifically look into the various facets of the object-image relationship. This connection, which is traditionally viewed as stemming from an object and resulting in an image, is shown here to be more elaborate and intricate than it at first appears. Photographic images are routinely attributed a hold that is exercised over objects. It is as if the camera arrests and grasps – providing a suspended look into objecthood, which is somehow both insightful and (de)finite. In other words, the camera captures, the object seemingly left passive and defenceless in this one-way action.

"The three presented artists challenge this traditional view. British artist Tom Lovelace’s work stimulates a creative dialogue between imagery and objects, and posits itself as an intervention and interruption to the space’s regular existence. Belgian artist Ode de Kort adds to this dialogue by playfully uncovering the complexities of image-based (re)presentation. She explores ways to collaborate with artworks, indicating an object and its creator can be seen as working together. Evy Jokhova, of Russian, Estonian and UK multi-cultural background, uses the concept of mirroring in her consideration of reflection, mimicry and reproduction in photography. Focusing on these processes, she proposes to look at this essential function of photography from an unexpected angle. All artists respond to the specific setting – 4th floor space of the Latvian National Museum of Art – in their suggestions to problematize the photographic capture," it is promised.

The international contemporary art event Riga Photography Biennial 2020 is taking place from the 29th of May until 8th of November in Riga, Cēsis and Daugavpils (Latvia).

Full Riga Photography Biennial 2020 programme: www.rpbiennial.com


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