Printmaking IN is an annual, international festival which began in Parnu, Estonia, in 1998. The festival is a platform which brings together artists from Europe, Asia and America. It was held in Riga for the first time in 2016 thanks to the collaboration of the Chamber of Graphic Art in the person of Ieva Nagliņa and artists Paulis Liepa and Al Paldrok.

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 contemporary art, the boundary between genres is becoming increasingly blurred. Therefore, artists are increasingly employing non-traditional graphic techniques.

This summer, Riga will become the world graphic art control point. During the Printmaking IN festival, various venues will host exhibitions, performances and arts events, with the participation of artists from the USA, China, Australia, Estonia, Scandinavia and Latvia. The leitmotif for this year’s festival is Storm of Silence, which challenges artists to create works that reflect their thinking and views of the contemporary global culture of communication and contact in which silence has become the exception, as opposed to the rule. Today, we are continually confronted with social challenges arising from the extremes between tolerance and discrimination. So much so that it has become hard to determine where the boundary lies between defending oneself and giving offence, where violence becomes justifiable and instances in which it is a crime. Can awkward silence serve as a protest and raise a storm within a society in which a lack of empathy and emotional intelligence prevail; a society in which everybody screams, but not everyone is heard?

Printmaking IN Latvia

“STORM OF SILENCE” group exhibition
The Gallery of The Artists’ Union of Latvia
27.07. – 10.09.2017.
Opening: 26.07.2017. // 18.00
Location: 11. Novembra krastmala 35, Riga, Latvia-LV-1050

The Storm of Silence” will present works by American and Chinese artists. Exhibition’s title, “The Storm of Silence”, is also the slogan of this year’s festival, encouraging the artists to create works that consider the contemporary communications and interactions culture, in which silence has become unusual. The exhibition brings together two very different, from Latvian standpoint even exotic nations, allowing the public to learn about various interpretations of today’s social processes.

Artists participating in exhibition:  Eric Piper, Ryan O’Malley, “Wild Torus” (Amy Mathis, Jana Astanov and Mike Berlant) from USA, Liu Aiguo and Sun Shao Kun from China un Taje Tross from Estonia.

opening rally of the exhibitions
11.08.2017 // 15.00 – 21.00

Exhibition of Australian graphic artists
National Library of Latvia, Atrium, Level 5
11.08. – 27.08.2017.
Opening: 11.08.2017.
Location: Mūkusalas iela 3, Rīga, LV-1423

The exhibition by three Australian graphic artists reveals the viability of the ancient aboriginal culture in contemporary art. The artists are all linked to the city of Cairns, and in their work they interpret the local culture and history and humans’ place in it. During the exhibition, Theo Tremblay, the manager of the Canopy Art Centre will give a presentation on Cairns artists. The centre is also the home studio of the exhibited artists.

Artists participating in the exhibition:
Daniel O’Shane
Kei Kalak (Glen Mackie)
Wunjarra (Heather) Koowootha

solo exhibition
LMS building the 81st room on the 5th floor in the chamber gallery
12.08. – 11.09.2017.
Opening: 11.08.2017. // 16.00
Location: 11. Novembra krastmala 35, Riga, Latvia-LV-1050

Maciej Jaroszczuk is printmaking and new media artist from Poland. He will spend two weeks in Riga as a resident artist of festival „Printmaking IN Latvia”.
Artist is trying to come to his own definition of a matrix and a print – a new one, that can more accurately talk about modern man.

„I believe that graphic arts, as a field always connected with a technology and with traditional drawing, has great potential to reflect condition of the present times and our civilization – that is bound to the past to the same extend as it is to present times. In my prints I’m combining traditional techniques with digital and experimental methods of creating and an image and by doing this I’m trying to create visual language that is capable of connecting past with present.” \Maciej Jaroszcuk\

During the residency I will be continuing work on series of works called “Popielec” \ ”Ash Wednesday” and weaving new topics related to trip to Riga.

solo exhibition
Exhibition Hall “Riga Art Space” Intro hall
12.08.2017. – 28.08.2017.
Opening: 11.08.2017. // 17:00
Location: Kungu iela 3, Rīga, LV-1050

Estonian avant-garde master Raul Meel (1941) works in the conceptual minimalism genre, creating abstract compositions. His works are dominated by the interplay between graphic signs and symbols – between the formal means of expression and the contents. Raul Meel uses purified language of art, and his individual rhythm and specific flow of works creates a uniquely whimsical compositions.
Raul Meel’s works express this year’s festival theme, “Storm of Silence” both in their content and delivery of the message, as well as in the formal means applied. “The Territory of Silence” is the physical and spiritual border drawn in the human mind and heart. It envelops questions concerned with values and aesthetics of artworks. Raul Meel employs visual silence to rock the internal world of the viewer.

Curator of the exhibition Ieva Nagliņa.

solo exhibition “Coming Up”
Goethe-Institut in Riga
11.08. – 11.09.2017.
Opening: 11.08.2017.
Location: Torņa iela 1 (ieeja no Klostera ielas)

We have entered The Apocalypse, The Storm. Boh, implementing all The Arts via NON GRATA’S Diverse Universe global performances, reveals to us not only where we presently stand in The Storm but he also conjures visions of our soon to be realized post-apocalyptic absurdly playfully tormented kaleidoscopic landscapes.

Estonian Anonymous Boh (Al Paldrok) has been active from 1992 on a frameless territory where an art object has seized to exist as a physical piece. The space has many dimensions upon which the activity has been built. Running the performance group Non Grata actually means creating a certain kind of school, Art of The Invisibles, which can be characterized by features as structured chaos, performances in arbitrary environments and interiors.
(Raivo Kelomees, Estonia)

Exhibition of large scale screen-prints by Latvian artists
The new building of the Art Academy of Latvia K2
11.08 – 25.08.2017
Opening: 11.08.2017. plkst. 19.00
Location: Kalpaka bulvāris 13, Rīga, LV-1050

The idea to put together an exhibition of supersize silkscreen print works first came to our minds about four years ago. Our intention was to demonstrate the opportunities created by the few silkscreen workshops that allow to work in large scale. Graphic arts festival Printmaking IN gave us both the push and the platform to finally make our idea reality. The title and leitmotif of the exhibition SHUT UP! grew out of the overall theme of this years festival – the Storm of Silence – but brings a mood that is more aggressive and more poetic at the same time.

The exhibition brings together two different generations of actively working Latvian artists and their works on topics such as shutting down, opening up, sound and silence. All works have been created especially for this exhibition and range from very personal and fragile to political and provocative. One source of inspiration for the exhibition was the so-called “supergraphics” – large scale works created in the 1980s by Latvian artists. Some of them have now created new work for our exhibition SHUT UP! The exhibition is complemented by video clips showing the technical process of how the works were created in the workshops.

Works by artists: Edgars Ābele, Kristians Brekte, Liena Bondare, Aleksandrs Breže, Andris Breže, Ēriks Caune, Maija Kurševa, Jānis Murovskis, Ojārs Pētersons, Sabīne Vekmane.
Curators: Sabīne Vekmane and Kristians Brekte.

solo exhibition
Kaņepes kultūras centrs
12.08. – 10.09.2017.
Opening: 11.08.2017. // 20.00
Location: Rīga, Skolas iela 15

Paulis Liepa is currently one of the most original artists in Latvia, especially in the field of printmaking. The exhibition will feature his latest works.

“The search for truth in technical drawings and statistic data. The fight for spheres of influence, the control of geographical units. Cynical, cold calculation. Civilization as infinitely complicated mechanism; friction, strain, wear and tear, the burning need to blow off steam. The layers of paper, the flow of images, more and more reminiscent of a diary; its milestones found somewhere among the chaos of signs and values, noise, abrupt shouts, snippets, infographics, a few cheap jokes, whistling of bullets and death – just another statistical unit.”
\Paulis Liepa\

11.08.2017. 22.00 – 5.00
Location: Bruņinieku iela 2, Riga, Latvia

electro, funk, house, techno
22:00 ?
01:00 DRONE
03:30 ?

downtempo, house, techno, trip hop
01:30 KRII

tea & vinyl



The Riga City Council Association of Cultural Institutions Exhibition Hall
“Riga Art Space”

22.06. – 21.08.2016
Large hall
Exhibition “Back to Chaos” by artists from the USA
ASV mākslinieku izstāde “Atpakaļ haosā”
More information in the Facebook event >>
30.07. – 21.08.2016
Intro hall
Solo exhibition “Stardust” by Anonymous Boh
Anonymous Boh personālizstāde “Zvaigžņu putekļi”
Kungu iela 3, Rīga

27.07. – 30.07.2016
Culture and Arts Project NOASS / “Kultūras un māksla projekts NOASS”
Kinobox Obscura (Juho Poesiloe Pöysti, Mika Palonen, Tuomo Vuolteenaho and Risto Puurunen), Finland
Kinobox Obscura grupa (Juho Poesiloe Pöysti, Mika Palonen, Tuomo Vuolteenaho un Risto Puurunen), Somija
Ab Dambis 2, Rīga
Facebook event >>

Opening rally of all the exhibitions!
16.00 -> Book shop “Bolderāja” / Grāmatu veikals “Bolderāja”, Avotu iela 29, Rīga
17.00 -> Gallery “427” / Galerija “427”
18.00 -> Kanepe Culture Center / Kaņepes kultūras centrs
19.00 -> The Riga City Council Association of Cultural Institutions Exhibition Hall “Riga Art Space”
20.00 -> Culture and Arts Project NOASS / “Kultūras un māksla projekts NOASS”
More information in the Facebook event >>

30.07. – 26.08.2016
Gallery “427” / Galerija “427”
Solo exhibition by Inga Ģibiete
Ingas Ģibietes personālizstāde
Stabu iela 70, Rīga

30.07. – 28.08.2016
Kanepe Culture Center / Kaņepes kultūras centrs
Solo exhibition by Toomas Kuusing
Toomas Kuusing personālizstāde
Skolas iela 15, Rīga

30.07. – 14.08.2016
Culture and Arts Project NOASS / “Kultūras un māksla projekts NOASS”
Rasmus Danø, Denmark
Liena Bondare and Vilnis Putrāms, Latvia
Izstāde ar Rasmus Danø (Dānija), Liena Bondare un Vilnis Putrāms (Latvija) piedalīšanos.
Performances by NON GRATA, “AINA”, “Klīga”
Ab Dambis 2, Rīga

30.07. – 13.08.2016
Book shop “Bolderāja” / grāmatu veikals “Bolderāja”
Solo exhibition by Janika Herlevi (Finland)
Janika Herlevi personālizstāde (Somija)
Avotu iela 29, Rīga

Pärnu schedule

12.00 take off to Pärnu “BACK TO CHAOS”
16:00 Exhibition Opening in Pärnu Keskraamatukogu (Akadeemia str) – MATTI MILIUS exhibition
(Curated by Meelis Tammemägi)

Exhibition Opening in Endla Theatre (Akadeemia str)
Printmaking IN exhibition – Tyler Krasovski, Eric Piper (USA), Kate Seržāne, Mārīte Kluša, Maija Kurševa, Sabīne Vekmane, Ieva Nagliņa & Paulis Liepa (Latvia), Tarvvi Laamann, Peeter Allik, Amazing Hancock Brothers, Ryan O’Malley, Julia Curran, Indiosindios Lopez (Mex), Bo Bo & Lemon (China) jt.

17. 30
Exhibition Opening in Pärnu Town Gallery
Women Exhibition:
Taje Tross (Estonia)
Britta Benno (Estonia)
Nina Yhared (Mexico)
Sissi & Shaokun Sun (China)
Xenia Fedorchenko (Russia)
Elo Liiv (Estonia)
Performance by Hiroko Tsuchimoto (Japan)

Exhibition Opening in Avangard Gallery Rüütli 29
Anonymous Boh solo exhibition

Exhibition Opening in Pärnu Artist House Nikolai 27
Caroline Sada

Exhibition Opening in Tartu University Pärnu Collage (Ringi 56) HGDF Graphic Design Exhibition –
ALIEN by curator Marko Kekishev

Exhibition Opening in Katlamaja – Ringi 57
Sculpture installation exhibition “Back To Chaos”
Anonymous Boh, Elo Liiv, Mati Karmin, Aili Vahtrapuu, Mari-Liis Tammi, Temuri Hvingija & R_R,
Vergo Vernik, Toomas Altnurme, Kaspar Rabbi, Oliver Rull, Hannes Paldrok, Danny Gonzalez, Johan Huimerind, Põvvat Kama, Leonhard Lapin
Sounds by Taivo Peterson

Chill Out in Printmaking IN Studio – Rüütli 23
Danny Gonzalez (Puerto Rico / USA)

Sunday 31.07
15.00 Camera Obscura Boat on Pärnu River
Juho Poesiloe Pöysti, Mika Palonen, Tuomo Vuolteenaho & Risto Puurunen

Rasmus Danø: From the series “Extension”.

Kinobox Obscura: 3D camera obscura boat launch in Helsinki July 2016. Photo: Anna-Maija Aalto
Riga opening July 27th 2016, 12 AM.

International graphic art festival “Printmaking IN”
Starptautisks grafikas festivāls “Printmaking IN”

“Printmaking IN” is an annual, international festival which began in Parnu, Estonia, in 1998. The festival is a platform which brings together artists from Europe, Scandinavia and America. It will be held in Riga for the first time. 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.

Festivāls “Printmaking IN” ir ikgadējs starptautisks festivāls, kas radies Igaunijā, Pērnavā, 1998. gadā. Festivāls rada vienojošu platformu māksliniekiem no dažādām pasaules valstīm Eiropā, Skandināvijā un Amerikā. Pirmo reizi tas norisināsies arī Rīgā. Festivāla notikumi piedāvā iepazīt grafikas dažādās tehnikas visā to plašumā. Tas prezentē un kopj tradicionālās grafikas tehnikas (kā linogriezums, kokgriezums, sietspiede u.c.), bet parāda arī grafikas starpdisciplināro raksturu.

The festival’s central exhibition “Back to Chaos” in the “Riga Art Space” large hall with artists from the USA. The central event of the festival the opening rally on 29th July 2016 will be joined by other festival exhibition spaces: Riga Art Space intro hall (Solo exhibition “Strardust” by Anonymous Boh (Al Paldrok), Estonia), Gallery “427” (Solo exhibition by Inga Ģibiete, Latvia), Kanepes kulturas centrs (Solo exhibition by Toomas Kuusing, Estonia) and floating art center “Noass” (exhibition and performances by artists from Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Denmark).

Festivālā centrālā izstāde “Atpakaļ haosā” ar māksliniekiem no ASV notiks “Rīgas mākslas telpas” lielajā zālē. Centrālais festivāla pasākums būs atklāšanu rallijs 29. jūlijā, kad pievienosies pārējās izstāžu vietas: Rīgas mākslas telpas intro zāle (Anonymous Boh (Al Paldrok), Estonia, personālizstāde “Zvaigžņu putekļi”), galerija “427” (Ingas Ģibietes personālizstāde, Latvija), Kaņepes kultūras centrs (Toomas Kuusing personālizstāde) un peldošais mākslas centrs”Noass” (Latvijas, Igaunijas, Somijas un Dānijas valstu mākslinieku izstāde un performances).

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Ieva Nagliņa, curator / kuratore (Latvia/Latvija)

Al Paldrok, curator / kurators (Estonia/Igaunija)

Paulis Liepa, curator and graphic designer / kurators un grafiskā
dizaina autors (Latvia/Latvija)

Liena Bondare, co-curator / līdzkuratore (Latvia/Latvija)

Māra Uzuliņa, curator assistant / kuratora asistente (Latvia/Latvija)

Juho Poesiloe Pöysti, web page administrator / mājaslapas administrators (Finland/Somija)

Grafikas kamera –
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Non Grata group

“Riga Art Space” –īgas-Mākslas-Telpa

“Culture and Arts Project NOASS” –

Gallery “427” –

Kaņepes kultūras centrs (Canabis Culture Center) –

Silkscreen Studio “Luste”-

Kinobox Obscura  –

Bar “Chomsky”

Bar “Pils”

The official project radio station NABA –

Janis Rozentals Riga Art Highschool –
Jaņa Rozentāla Rīgas Mākslas vidusskola

Zemessardzes 19.nodrošinājuma bataljons

Anonymous Boh: Stardust


Rīgas dome / Riga City counsil
Valsts kultūrkapitāla fonds / State culture capital foundation
Amerikas Savienoto Valstu vēstniecība / Embassy of Unites States
Drukas darbnīca “Tava siena” / print studio “Tava siena”
SIA “Valmiermuižas alus”
Danish Arts Council and Norden Mobility Programme
Kone Foundation Finland (Kinobox Obscura)
Folkklubs ALA Pagrabs