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In 2016, the works from the Cosmic Sadness series were on view in the Riga Photography Biennial Award “Seeking the Latest in Photography!” exhibition. For the next three years, Strokins continued to develop this series and the ISSP Gallery will be showing his latest works, exhibited in Latvia for the first time.

The series Cosmic Sadness is a visual diary and an experiment in private experience made public. Combining the immediacy of instant sharing and blue, desaturated, grainy filters, the series comments on the analogue nostalgia of the current digital generation and offers a new take on street photography, which embraces technological development rather than turning to the past. The seemingly amateur technology of the mobile phone renders the photographer as an invisible observer. Photographed at the right time, at the right place, and from the right angle, the images show everyday made strange. The ordinary and mundane is turned into its opposite: the exceptional and the extraordinary.

Participant: Andrejs Strokins (LV)
Curator: Evita Goze (LV)
Organizer: Riga Photography Biennial in cooperation with ISSP
Image: Andrejs Strokins. From series ‘Cosmic Sadness’, 2014 – 2019

Gallery name: ISSP Gallery

Address: Berga Bazārs, Marijas iela 13 k.3, Riga

Opening hours: Tue, Thu-Sat 12:00 - 18:00, Wed 12:00 - 20:00

Open: 10.09.2020 - 28.10.2020