The Chamber of Graphic Art and the Artists’ Union of Latvia invite visual artists to apply for a two-week residency during the international graphic art festival PRINTMAKING IN in Riga, with a proposal for printmakers.
The residence offers access to a graphics workshop with lithography, linocut, colography and other letterpress techniques. Accommodation will be provided by FREE RIGA, an organization opening empty buildings for creative and social temporary use. Organizers will also provide studio, materials and one meal per day. Transportation must be covered by the artist.
Printmaking IN is an annual, international festival which began in Parnu, Estonia, in 1998. The festival is a platform bringing together artists from Europe, Scandinavia and America. It will be held in Riga for the second time in 2017. The festival reflects the full spectrum of graphic techniques. It both presents and nurtures traditional techniques (including linocut, woodcut, silkscreen etc.), as well as revealing the interdisciplinary nature of graphics.
In 2017 the festival’s theme is ‘Storm of Silence’. We encourage artists to think about changes in the communication culture in our society which have led to the situation where silence has become awkward and embarrassing. We are constantly challenged by social actions balancing between tolerance and discrimination. It is hard to define the boundary between defence and offence, or when violence is justified and when it becomes a crime. Is it possible that awkward silence is becoming a protest to stir up a storm in a society ruled by a lack of empathy?
The central event of the festival will be its opening rally on August 11th, 2017 in Riga. It will include the opening of exhibitions in different venues around the city and other events.
The residency will take place from July 28th to August 11th, 2017.