Mobile photo exhibition in squares of many cities to present my view and please the audience.
Reasons to organise a travelling exhibition:
when an exhibition is in premises, only the exhibition’s opening event gathers the maximum number of visitors;
exhibition halls are space-limited;
audience is not willing to enter the exhibition hall.
To show my pieces of art to a potentially wider audience, it was decided that the exhibition will go to the audience – on streets and city squares.
We are from Latvia, and, in the first half of 2015, Latvia is the presiding country in Council of the European Union, and thus it organises and promotes its official culture programme in a number of European cities.
Along with the national culture programme, to participate with our alternative offer that is not an academic expression of art,
while the main things is
to show our daily life, routine and holidays, to present Latvia and Riga from a simple and usual point of view to the audience, and show how people live, what they do, how they enjoy life, what is the truth as seen from the inside
with an objective
to show to a wider audience that we are not frightened and underdeveloped post-soviet province, to arouse interest, to give positive impressions about Latvia, and to show the conjunctive and different aspects of social life and culture.
to demonstrate both documentation of history facts and creative view of the author with photographs of the single author.
Expression of the travelling exhibition:
in each visited city, a photo collection is exposed just for a day thus making the event a recurrent opening of the exhibition with maximum publicity in each place.
In September 2014, we started organisational work carrying out a questionnaire with 30 European countries on a possibility to arrange such exhibition. We have received quite many approving answers to in fact plan the touring exhibition in 17 cities in 12 countries.
We have prepared the exhibition’s exposition and structures to be built, and currently we are booking accommodations and clarifying the touring details.
We are also working on issuing a photo album of the author, and the album is foreseen to be offered to the interested ones in the second half of this year.
Currently we are also developing a special homepage to present the exhibition’s tour, share opinions and publish the offer of the photo album.
Where we faced challenges:
we didn’t receive the expected help from organisations that would actually be interested in creation of the public image of Latvia;
many commercial companies refuse support as they see no immediate financial return of the invested assets.
What can we do?
We are turning to you asking for support and hoping that
our project is interesting and useful to public;
our private initiative in creative exchange of cross-national culture has deserved the public support.
About the author:
Irena Petra, a street photographer from Latvia:
“EVERY DAY THERE ARE THINGS AND EVENTS AROUND US, WHICH WE JUST DON’T SEE OR NOTICE, WE PASS THEM BY, BEING BUSY AS WE ARE, AND WE ARE SURPRISED WHEN WE SEE ORDINARY AND USUAL THINGS FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, THROUGH THE EYES OF A PHOTOGRAPHER.”
Irena has begun her creative work in the 1980s with professional dancing and painting, later turning to graphic design, graphic work and book illustrations, participating in the exhibitions of group of artists Free Art in Riga. Her works can be found in private collections in Germany, Israel, Russia and Latvia.
Later, working as an image editor at a publishing house, Irena got into photography, first as a photo correspondent, but later it evolved into her private project Riga Collection. It consists of documentary, ambience and observational photos of Riga and has been going on and developing since 2008.
The photos in the collection have been on public display at Irena's personal exhibitions in Riga in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Irena does not publish her photo collection on the Internet and it can only be seen at her exhibitions and in her coming printed photo album.
Run of the tour:
The expected length of the tour is 40 days, namely, one day is dedicated to the exhibition, while the other – to travelling to the next place. Our touring team consists of three members. We are planning to go to the tour from May to June2015.
The planned touring route:
Riga (Latvia) - Dresden – Berlin – Munster (Germany) - Amsterdam (the Netherlands) - Brussels (Belgium) - Luxembourg (Luxembourg) - Strasbourg (France) - Zurich (Switzerland) - Vaduz (Liechtenstein) - Nuremberg – Munich – Garmisch Partenkirchen (Germany) - Bratislava (Slovakia) - Vienna (Austria) - Zagreb (Croatia) - Budapest (Hungary) - Krakow (Poland) - Riga (Latvia).
The tour includes 7,000 km and 17 cities in 12 countries.
What for and how much money is needed?
Construction of metal structures of the exhibition stands 3,000 €
Tour trip (fuel, accommodation, food) 12,000 €
Publishing of the photo album 7,000 €
In total 20,000 €
We invest our money in organisation of the project, elaboration of photo printed and Neobond boards, arrangement of a car, souvenir materials, development of the photo album’s design, and development and maintenance of the homepage.
We would be happy to accept intangible support from you:
assistance in the tour in the above European cities – volunteering in supervision of the stands, contacts with the public, local media and TV, introduction excursion in the cities, and assistance in other forms as well.
We are inviting all contributors to visit our exhibition (precise date will be available in email).
The exhibition – dimensions of a stand w 1550 x h 2300, 6 stands together.
There are 9 two-sided photo prints on a Neobond base, size of the photo print 480 x 480 mm. The exhibition in total incorporates 102 photo printed and 3 semitransparent banners with photo print. The exposition covers 40 m2, while all the exhibition space covers 180 m2.
When put together, the exposition can be placed in a transport container on the top of a car; size 1500 x 1600 x 450 mm, weight 110 kg.Photo album – size 200 x 250 mm, hard-covered, 252 pages. Content: street photography in Riga, approx. 250 black-and-white photographs captured from 2008 till 2015, with text captions in English.
from May 1, 2015.