“As a curator and producer at the ISSP Gallery, I work closely with artists to shape their work for exhibitions, both conceptually and practically. Furthermore, I organise book dummy competitions, curate independently and write about photography and contemporary art.
I am constantly searching for new work online, in exhibitions, competitions or portfolio reviews in order to extend my mental notebook, which I draw from whenever a new project arises.
I am particularly interested in bodies of work by artists who are conscious of the choice of the photographic medium and its history – and at the same time treat subjects of ongoing interest, whether they are personal, social or political. I am also interested in the interaction between photography and other mediums.”
Evita Goze (Latvia, 1984) is a curator, writer and photographer, based in Riga, Latvia. Her practice is driven by her interest in intertwining photography with other media and constructing narratives which blur the boundaries between reality and fiction and makes the personal political.
She is currently a curator at the ISSP Gallery and of the photobook festival Self Publish Riga.
Evita holds a BA in Photography from University of Brighton, UK, and an MA in Visual Communication at the Art Academy of Latvia. In 2012, she received a grant for exchange studies at the Nagoya University of Arts, Japan.
Her most recently curated exhibitions include Falling on PHmuseum’s online platform, Wow, what a great view (ISSP Gallery, 2020) and ENTER. Photobooks from the Baltics as part of Belgrade Photomonth (2019). She has worked on the juries of several photography competitions, including Grand Prix Fotofestiwal Lodz, Art Fair Foto Tallinn, Belgrade Photo Month’s New Talents, Kassel Dummy Award and Self Publish Riga photobook dummy competition. She is also a contributing writer for Latvian weekly publications IR and Kultūras Diena, websites FK Magazine, Arterritory, The British Journal of Photography and Tjej Land, focusing on photography and contemporary art.
ISSP is a non-commercial platform for contemporary photography, based in Latvia and acting internationally, offering high-quality alternative education and networking programmes for emerging photographers. Since its establishment in 2006, ISSP has run the International Summer School of Photography, initiated local and international education, exchange and residency programmes, produced exhibitions, publications and events, and, most importantly, gathered a thriving community of emerging photographers in Latvia and internationally. The ISSP Gallery – an exhibition and events space for contemporary photography – was established in Riga in 2018.
Photo: Ģirts Raģelis