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August 09, 2021, 12:00 am
Self Publish Riga / Milda Books
(Grāmata Latvijā, National Library of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)

Public discussion and podcast "Grāmata Latvijā" about photobooks at the National Library of Latvia.

The moderator of the conversation was researcher and photography historian Baiba Tetere.

Listen (in Latvian) SoundCloud: http://ej.uz/Klausies_LNB or Spotify: http://ej.uz/Klausitava!

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May 18, 2021, 09:00 am
Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear
(Kraszna-Krausz Photobook Award, The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation, London, UK)

Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear by Maria Kapajeva has been awarded for the 36th annual Kraszna-Krausz Photobook Award!

Since their inception in 1985 the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards have been the UK’s leading prizes for books on photography and the moving image. Winning books are those which make original and lasting educational, professional, historical and cultural contributions to the field. With prize money of £10,000 divided equally between the winning title in the Photography category and the winning title in the Moving Image category, the Awards celebrate excellence in photography and moving image publishing.

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation was created by Andor Kraszna-Krausz, the founder of Focal Press. Following his death, in 1989, Kraszna-Krausz’s estate became the Foundation which now bears his name. The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards have previously been known as the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Awards and the And/Or Book Awards. The Awards have been presented as part of Photo London at Somerset House and the Foundation has previously partnered with the BFI, the National Media Museum, Media Space and the Sony World Photography Awards. In addition to the awards, the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has periodically operated a programme for year-round, small-scale grants for the advancement of photography and the moving image in the UK.

The Foundation also presents an award recognising an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing and a Fellowship in Photography.

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December 11, 2020, 18:30 (GMT+2)
Seat 68
(Facebook Live, ISSP Gallery, Riga, Latvia)

Book launch: Seat 68 by Paula Jansone.

Participants:
Artist - Paula Jansone // graphic designer - Alexey Murashko // Milda Books - Georgs Avetisjans and Kārlis Bergs // hosted by ISSP - Evita Goze.


ISSP is a platform for contemporary photography, based in Latvia and acting internationally. ISSP offers highest-quality education and networking programmes for photographers, organises exhibition and events, and creates new ways to promote the cross-border exchange of ideas in the art of photography.

Since its establishment in 2006, ISSP has yearly run the International Summer School of Photography, initiated education and exchange programmes and projects, curated a number of exhibitions and publications, established a contemporary photography education programme in Latvia, and, most importantly, gathered a thriving community of young photographers in Latvia and internationally - our students and tutors come from over 30 countries around the world. 

In 2018, ISSP has launched a new exhibition and events space for contemporary photography in Riga - the ISSP Gallery.

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October 17, 2020, from 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Milda Books
(Online Photobook Fair, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK)

Browse Impressions Gallery's curated selection of Virtual Stalls featuring international independent publishers such as Schilt from Amsterdam and Baltic-based Milda Books, as well as UK favourites Overlapse, Highchair Editions, Bluecoat Press, and many more. Find out about their latest publications, meet the publishers, and enjoy exclusive discounts.

Impressions Gallery is a charity that helps people to understand the world through photography. The gallery has
opened in 1972 as one of the first specialist photography galleries in the country, and have played a vital role in changing the way people think about photography. They continue to support and encourage ground-breaking artists who challenge and change photography and present world-class exhibitions that explore issues such as identity, race, gender and politics. Impressions Gallery showcase new and recent work, as well as historical photography outside the mainstream.

From 4:15pm - 4:30pm Maria Kapajeva in online conversation with Milda Books.

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October 17, 2020, 12:00 am
Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear
(Narva Art Residency, Narva, Estonia)

The book launch by Maria Kapajeva and collective reading at Narva Art Residency. The event was organised for the former workers of a textile mill 'Kreenholm', the main subject of the book. The book is the continuation of her project ‘Dream Is Wonderful, Yet Unclear’ about the Kreenholm community of Narva. The book is an artistic way to present stories, images and her own art works, Kapajeva collected and produced in Narva in 2017. This event is an unique opportunity for the community to get together and celebrate their stories in the form of the book and as a collective reading. The event was supported by British Council in Estonia.

Narva Art Residency is a unique cultural platform facilitating residencies, art exhibitions, talks and educational workshops. It is located in Narva city on the Estonian-Russian border at the historical Kreenholm area. The International Artist-in-residency program is open for artists operating across a wide range of disciplines, including Visual Arts, Music, Performance, Architecture, Design, Film, Literature and Curatorial Practices. It aims to generate creative exchange between practitioners and to strengthen links with the local community. The centre is located at the historic style villa, originally built for the technology director of Kreenholm. In close proximity stands the abandoned textile factory which was once the largest of its kind in Europe. In recent times, it has functioned as a major source of inspiration for artists and a space allowing opportunity for experimenting.


Watch the video.

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October 8, 2020,
6:00 pm
Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear
(Lugemik bookshop and cafe Hulda, Tallinn, Estonia)

Book launch and performative reading: Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear by Maria Kapajeva.


Lugemik is a publisher and a bookshop in Tallinn, Estonia f
ounded in 2010 by graphic designer Indrek Sirkel and artist Anu Vahtra. Lugemik publishes books and other printed matter, working closely together with artists, writers, designers, printers in every step of the publishing process. In 2013 Lugemik opened a bookshop on the premises of Contemporary Art Museum Estonia (EKKM). In 2015 Lugemik was joined by the curator and artist Laura Toots for extended activities with artists beyond publishing projects.

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September 19 - October 31, 2020, Online
Cruise
(OPaf (Other Places art fair), The Fulcrum Press, Los Angeles, USA)

OPaf (Other Places art fair) is fluid in definition, bonded by an intention to operate in other places outside the traditional art gallery systems. It features participants presenting site-specific booths encapsulating their projects and programming. Representing the growing movement of hard-to-define art spaces, OPaf provides an alternative art fair structure designed specifically for these unconventional projects.

The Fulcrum Press was founded in 2014. They are a small press focused on exploring the play between photography and other artistic media. Unpacking the expectations and limitations of publication formats, they are committed to the idea of the photo book as curatorial project that exists both on and off the printed page.

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May 26, 2020, at 7:30 pm (GMT+3h)
Milda Books
(Untitled Dummy Award, Moscow, Russia)

Milda Books participating in a conversation between book publishers organized by Untitled Dummy Award, 2020

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May 31, 2020, at 6:00 pm
(GMT)
Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear
(#INSTAsalons with 10x10photobooks)

An online conversation with curator Maria Veits about photobooks and artistic practice.

10×10 Photobooks is a non-profit organization with the mission to foster engagement with the global photobook community through an appreciation, dissemination and understanding of photobooks. Founded in 2012, 10×10 offers an ongoing multi-platform series of public photobook events, including reading rooms, salons, publications, online communities, and partnerships with arts organizations and institutions.

Maria Veits is based in St. Petersburg and Tel Aviv, and her current interests include migration experiences and strategies of different generations and their reflection in different artistic practices.

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May 21, 2020, at 4:30 pm (GMT)
Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear
(Photoworks, Brighton, England)

An online conversation with director Shoair Mavlian about the new book.

Photoworks is an international platform, global in reach, and have provided opportunities for artists and audiences since 1995. Ther programme brings new experiences to audiences and opens up new ways to encounter photography. Photoworks is a registered charity and the only organisation with a national remit for photography in England. They are supported by public funding through Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.

Photoworks is led by Shoair Mavlian, Director and was named Apollo Magazine’s 40 under 40 Europe – Thinkers. As director of Photoworks her recent curatorial projects include 'Photoworks Festival: Propositions for Alternative Narratives' (2020) and 'Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Zone Grise / The Land In between' for the MEP Paris (2019) and 'Brighton Photo Biennial: A New Europe' (2018). From 2011-2018 she was Assistant Curator, Photography and International Art at Tate Modern, London, where she curated the major exhibitions ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ (2018), 'The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection' (2016), 'Conflict, Time, Photography' (2014), 'Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions' (2014) and 'Harry Callahan' (2013).

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May 7, 2020, at 6:30 pm (GMT)
Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear
(Gallery of Photography Ireland, Dublin, Ireland)

Official book launch of the 1st edition live through ZOOM hosted by Gallery of Photography Ireland. It will continue as an online program during May about the new book and works, which meant to be exhibited at their venue during this and the last month.

Gallery of Photography Ireland is the leading voice for photography in Ireland. They are dedicated to fostering a dynamic culture of photographic practice across a broad range of platforms. Established in 1978 by John Osman, Gallery of Photography Ireland is one of Ireland’s leading cultural arts organisations. Designed by architects O’Donnell + Tuomey, their award winning gallery is located in the heart of Temple Bar in Dublin.

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April 16, 2020, at 6:30 pm (Cancelled of Covid 19)
Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear
(Gallery of Photography Ireland, Dublin, Ireland)

Official book launch and signing of the 1st edition at the Gallery of Photography in Dublin, Ireland by London-based Estonian artist Maria Kapajeva along with a solo show Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear open from April 16, 2020 - May 24, 2020.

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April 3 – 5, 2020 (Cancelled of Covid 19)
Milda Books / Blow Up Press
(Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair,
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, USA)

Book signing of the 1st edition of Cruise at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA by Latvian photographer and visual artist Ieva Raudsepa.

Initiated in 2013, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair (LAABF) is the companion to the NY Art Book Fair. Free and open to the public, the two events are among the leading international gatherings for the distribution of artists’ books, celebrating the full breadth of the art publishing community.

 

 

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December 20, 2019

Cruise by Ieva Raudsepa
(The Calvert Journal, London, UK)


We're so happy and delighted to see our second photobook "Cruise" by Ieva Raudsepa at The Calvert Journal annual round-up among the other great photobooks of 2019.

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November 15 – 16, 2019
Milda Books
(Kaunas Art Book Fair, Kaunas, Lithuania)

Kaunas Art Book Fair seeks to establish Kaunas and Lithuania as an important node for discoveries and networking within the international map of publishing. This event is organized by Kaunas Photo Gallery together with Six Chairs Books and aims to vibrantly activate the city’s field of art publishing and to raise questions regarding content and value of the art book. By creating a platform for meeting and dialogue at this two day event, the Kaunas Art Book Fair seeks to grow and foster community for both art books’ readers and publishers.

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November 07 – 08, 2019
Milda Books
(Polycopies, Paris Photo, Paris, France)

Since 2014 Polycopies has been organizing a fair with 45 specialized international photography book publishers once a year. It is a large ephemeral bookshop, a space completely dedicated to photo books, during the week of Paris-Photo.

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September 27 – 29, 2019
Milda Books / ISSP Gallery
(Kai Art Center, Art Fair Foto Tallinn, Tallinn Photomonth, Tallinn, Estonia)

The Art Fair Foto Tallinn is dedicated to promoting and introducing contemporary photographic art. Being the only art fair in Estonia, Foto Tallinn offers artists a unique format to present their recent work, reach new audiences and form professional relationships. The fair also functions as a platform for facilitating and initiating international collaboration. Foto Tallinn offers a great opportunity to see fresh contemporary photographic art, which includes artist talks, panel discussions, seminars, book launches and curated tours of the fair.

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September 19, 2019, at 6:00 pm

Cruise @ PhotoQ Bookshop

(Unseen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Book signing of the 1st edition at the Unseen Amsterdam by Latvian photographer and visual artist Ieva Raudsepa.

Unseen is an international platform dedicated to contemporary photography practices. Focusing on what’s new in the international art scene, Unseen creates a unique space for exchanging ideas and knowledge, hearing different voices, raising awareness of the burning issues of today and expanding the international community.

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September 18, 2019, at 6:00 pm
Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country
(Gallery of Museum of Photography, Tallinn Photomonth, Tallinn, Estonia)

Book launch and signing of the 2nd edition at the Gallery of Museum of Photography in Tallinn, Estonia by Latvian-Armenian photographer and visual narrator Georgs Avetisjans along with a solo show Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country which will be open from September 18, 2019 - November 11, 2019.

Tallinn Photomonth is an artist led biennial of contemporary art and visual culture. Although started in 2011 by a group of artists working primarily with photography and video, the biennial has never been a narrowly media-based event, rather it looks more broadly at developments in art and society in a world mediated by cameras, screens and images.

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July 03, 2019, at 6:00 pm
Cruise / It Could Just Swallow You Up
(ISSP Gallery, Riga, Latvia)

Official book launch and signing of the 1st edition at the ISSP Gallery in Riga, Latvia by Latvian photographer and visual artist Ieva Raudsepa along with a solo show It Could Just Swallow You Up open from July 3, 2019 - August 7, 2019.

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July 02, 2019
Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country
(
Mr. Page Bookstore, Riga, Latvia)

"Homeland" (Dzimtene) by Georgs Avetisjans won the 1st Prize: the Best Book Design of 2018/2019 in Latvia. Mr. Page is a wonderful bookstore with carefully selected books, bookazines, writing instruments and other elegant amusements. Prints, papers and pages of all sizes, shapes and forms. And also some things without pages that are great nonetheless.

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June 13 – July 28, 2019
Athens Photo Festival, Athens, Greece

Selected photobook exhibition during the Athens Photo Festival at the Benaki Museum / Pireos 138 in Athens. This is a leading international festival of photography and visual culture in Southeastern Europe, and one of the five oldest of its kind in the world. The Festival seeks to bring together emerging and established artists and photographers from around the world with the aim to reflect the diversity of photography and visual culture today.

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May 15 – June 16, 2019
Riga Photomonth, Riga, Latvia

Pop-up photobook exhibition & showcase curated by Arnis Balčus and Alnis Stakle at the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia. Riga Photomonth is an international photography festival that takes place in the capital of Latvia since 2014. Riga Photomonth explores and shows photography from Northern and Eastern Europe.

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April 09 – 25, 2019

Milda Books / Self Publish Riga

(
Belgrade Photo Month, Belgrade, Serbia)

ENTER. Photobooks from the Baltics curated by Evita Goze was a part of Belgrade Photo Month in Dom kulture Studentski grad.

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December 26, 2018
Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country
(
The British Journal of Photography, London, UK)

"Homeland" (Dzimtene) by Georgs Avetisjans is one of the top 5 picks in 2018 for The British Journal of Photography by Arnis Balcus, editor in chief of FK Magazine and director of Riga Photomonth.

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December 22, 2018

Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country

(The Calvert Journal, London, UK)


We're so happy and delighted to see our first photobook "Homeland" (Dzimtene) by Georgs Avetisjans at The Calvert Journal annual round-up among the other great photobooks of 2018.

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November 01, 2018, at 5:00 pm
Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country
(Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia)

Official book launch and signing of the 2nd edition at the Latvian Museum of Photography in Riga, Latvia by Latvian-Armenian photographer and visual narrator Georgs Avetisjans along with a solo show Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country which will be open from November 1, 2018 - January 13, 2019.

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October 20 – 21, 2018
Milda Books
(Phoenix Brighton, Brighton, UK)

During the weekend of October 20 – 21 Phoenix Brighton will host the second Photo Publishers’ Market organised by Brighton Photo Biennial and Brighton Photo Fringe. The Photo Publishers’ Market is a prominent feature of both Brighton Photo Biennial’s and Brighton Photo Fringe’s public events programme and the exhibitors includes a stimulating mix of established imprints, emerging houses and self-publishers.

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October 04 – 07, 2018
Milda Books / Self Publish Riga
(Aarhus School of Architecture, Aarhus, Denmark)

Since 2014, the Photobook Week Aarhus has been engaged with the photobook in all its facets and has presented a festival programme of international standing. For its 5th anniversary, Photobook Week Aarhus is showing works by renowned artists and promotes established and emerging talents, publishers, curators, printers and booksellers. The festival takes place at Aarhus School of Architecture, Galleri Image, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Dokk1 and Verpan design store.

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September 21 – 23, 2018
Milda Books / Blow Up Press
(Unseen Book Market, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Unseen Book Market celebrates beautiful books and their creators from around the world, housing over 60 independent publishers in Amsterdam. The book market channels the diverse practices that come together in photobook publishing.

 

 

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July 21, 2018, at 7:30 pm
Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country
(Kaltene, Latvia)

Book launch and signing of the 2nd edition in the longest village in the country by Latvian-Armenian photographer and visual narrator Georgs Avetisjans.

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July 04, 2018, at 6:00 pm
Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country
(Les Recontres de la photographie, Arles, France)

Book launch and signing of the 2nd edition at the Cosmos-Arles Books by Latvian-Armenian photographer and visual narrator Georgs Avetisjans.

Created in 2009 and headed up by Olivier Cablat and Sebastian Hau, Cosmos-Arles Books is a Les Recontres de la photographie in Arles, France event focusing on contemporary practices in photography publication. This space is dedicated to photography books hosting around 70 international publishers and specialized bookstores.