Riga Photomonth 2017 to take place between fact and fiction

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The fourth international Riga Photomonth 2017 festival will take place from May 8 to 31. Themed Facts and Clarifications this year, the event presents modern Northern and Eastern European photography.

“Various contemporary developments have permanently lessened our faith in photography as a representation of reality," said curator Alnis Stakle.

"Documentary and fiction overlap also in the work of the artists selected for the festival," he said.

The festival’s central exhibition, featuring artists Peter Puklus (Hungary), Lucia Nimcova (Slovakia), Pavel Maria Smejkal (Slovakia) and Roman Korovin (Latvia) will be unveiled on 10 May in the Exhibition Hall of the National Library of Latvia. In their work, the selected artists focus on complex, paradoxical, tragic, as well as comic situations and their interpretations in Eastern Europe.

While from May 21 to June 2 the kim? Contemporary Art Centre will host an exhibition by famous Ukrainian artist collective Synchrodogs. Their surreal photographs balance between the real and imagined, drawing the viewer into an unconscious, wild and dream-like world.

From May 11 to 14 Self Publish Riga, a series of events dedicated to photobooks and self-publishing organised by ISSP, will be held at K. K. Fon Stricka villa. It will feature an extensive exhibition of books, an installation created especially for the event by Swedish artists Klara Källström and Thobias Fäldt, as well as lectures by industry experts, presentations, and activities for young people.

The festival programme also includes two solo exhibitions – Leaving Paradise by Ilze Vanaga (Latvia), opening on 12 May at Kaņepes Culture Centre, and Sparks by Wiktoria Wojciechowska (Poland) on the war in Ukraine, opening on 11 May at the Latvian Museum of Photography.

Riga Photomonth is an international photography festival presenting contemporary Northern and Eastern European photography.

he festival takes place since 2014 and is organised by the Riga Photomonth association, ISSP and FK Magazine in collaboration with the Latvian Museum of Photography, kim? Contemporary Art Centre, the Riga Film Museum, the National Library of Latvia. The festival is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Riga City Council and other partners. 

Read the full program here.

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