The Riga Photography Biennial is a European-Baltic contemporary art festival that deals with visual culture in topics ranging from cultural theory to current social and political processes. In 2020, the focus will be on examining the concept of reality and its transformation in the context of historical heritage and digital technology. There is also an extensive program with exhibitions, readings, discussions, workshops and cinema.
The main event this year is the international exhibition Era of Canvas II: Landscape in the Riga Art Space (Lat. "Rīgas mākslas telpa") on the influence of technologies on thinking, perception and communication. A group exhibition of international artists will be shown in the Latvian National Art Museum, which takes up the theme "Can a picture presently fully (re) present an object that it represents". The project (In) Visible Artists shows works by previously unknown or lesser known Latvian photographers and photo artists in the city that were created in the period up to the Second World War. The symposium at the biennial focuses on photography as an index for history, news, conspiracy theories and tourism. Other locations in the program include the Latvian National Library, the Latvian Museum of Photography, the ALMA Gallery, the ISSP Gallery, the Bolderāja Bar, the Bize Cinema and also in other Latvian regions. There is also a biennial publication on new trends in visual culture in contemporary art.