ANDREJS GRANTS

Born in Riga, Latvia, on March 7, 1955. Residence in Riga, Latvia

Education
1973-1978 Latvian State University, law department

Post graduate education
1992 Department of Communications of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Paris, France
Practical studies of audio-visual means of expression
1994 University of Göteborg, Göteborg, Sweden, workshop with Mary Ellen Mark

Background
1971 Self-education
1978 Photo studio "Ogre"
1984 Informal photo group "A"

Solo exhibitions
1981 "Andrejs Grants", Kiek in de Kok Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
1982 "Andrejs Grants", "October" House of Culture, Mias, Russia
1983 "Andrejs Grants", Riga Planetarium, Riga, Latvia
1983 "Andrejs Grants", Ogre Museum, Latvia
1983 "Andrejs Grants", Kaunas Photo Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania
1988 "Andrejs Grants", Kiek in de Koek Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
"Andrejs Grants and Inta Ruka", Photography Museum of Finland, Helsinki, Finland
1989 "Andrejs Grants and Inta Ruka", Turku and Pori, Finland
1989 "Inta Ruka, Egons Spuris and Andrejs Grants", gallery "Kashirka", Moscow, Russia
1993 "Andrejs Grants. Traveler's Notes", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga
1993 "Inta Ruka and Andrejs Grants", Photo Museum "Raevangla" gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
1994 "Martins Zelmenis and Andrejs Grants", Slovensky rozhlas, Bratislava, Slovakia
1994 "Andrejs Grants", gallery "Fotostudija 1", Boston, USA
1996 "Andrejs Grants", gallery "Brotfabrik", Berlin, Germany
1997 Andrejs Grants", "Villa Ichon", Bremen, Germany
1997 Andrejs Grants", Madona Museum of Local Studies and Art, Madona, Latvija
1998 "Nabas", 8th East European Festival of New Cinema, Kotbus, Germany
1998 "Latvian. Travel Notes", Baltic Culture Center, Hasselby Slot, Stockholm, Sweden

Group exhibitions
1985 "Photography", House of Friendship, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
1986 "Setting Birds Free", Valmiera Museum of Local Studies, Valmiera, Latvia
1987 "Flood in Talsi", Talsi Museum of Local Studies and Art, Latvia
1989 "New Soviet Photography", Galerie 4, Cheb, Czechoslovakia
1989 "One day in Ogre", Ogre History and Art Museum, Ogre, Latvia
1989 "Foto-Photo", photo project, Kunst hochshule, Bielefeld, Germany
1989 "Portrait", Limbazi Museum of Local Studies, Limbazi, Latvia
1989 "Portrait", Medical Academy of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
1989 "Dedication", Sports Palace, Riga, Latvia 1990 "Annee de l'Est", Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland
1990 "Annee de l'Est", gallery "van der Berlage", Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1990 "Song of Fate", Latvian War Museum, Riga, Latvia
1991 "Comrades & Cameras", Santa Barbara Art Museum, Santa Barbara, USA
1991 "Evidence", gallery "M-6", Riga, Latvia
1991 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glasnost", Toronto Photographers Workshop, Toronto, Canada
1991 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glasnost", Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre, North York, Ontario, Canada
1991 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glasnost", Berrie, Ontario, Canada
1992 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glasnost", Art gallery of St. Vincent University, Halifax, Canada
1992 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glasnost", The Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada
1992 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glasnost", White Water Gallery, North Bay, Canada
1992 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glasnost", Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Canada
1992 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glasnost", Floating Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
1992 "Baltisk Fotografi", Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
1993 "The Memory of Images", Stadtsgallerie in Sophienhof, Kiel, Germany
1993 "The Memory of Images", Kunsthalle, Rostock, Germany
1993 "Borderlands", Photography from the Baltic States, "Street Level", Glasgow, Great Britain
1994 "The Memory of Images", Exhibition hall "Latvija", Riga, Latvia
1994 "The Memory of Images", State Academy of Arts, Gdansk, Poland
1994 "The Memory of Images", Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania
1994 "The Memory of Images", Galerie im Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
1995 'Baltic Photography Today", Kommunes udstillingsbyning, Copenhagen, Denmark
1995 "The Memory of Images",Kunsthalle Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark
1995 "Images de Lettonie", Galerie Claire M.Laurin, Aix-en-Provence, France
1995 "Gints Berzins, Inta Ruka, Egons Spuris, Andrejs Grants", Photo Fair, Göteborg, Sweden
1996 "Save as "Eksperiments" ", club "Slepenais eksperiments", Riga, Latvia
1996 "FotoParade", Modern Art Museum "Arsenals", Riga, Latvia
1997 "Five Photographers From Latvia", Palazzo Mediceo di Seravezza, Lucia, Italy
1998 "Pride of Talsi", Talsi Museum of Local Studies and Art, Latvia


Participation in workshops, photoprojects and photo campaigns
1987 Photo campaign "One Day in Latvia", Riga, Latvia
1988 Photo campaign "One Day in Ogre", Photo club "Ogre", Latvia

Collections
Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia
Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland
Private collections in Switzerland, Poland, the United States, Canada

Major series
"Impressions"
"Travel Notes"
"Friends and acquaintances"

Curatorial experience
1989 "Inta Ruka, Egons Spuris and Andrejs Grants", gallery "Kashirka", Moscow, Russia
1994 "School", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia
1996 "Save as: EKSPERIMENTS", club "Slepenais eksperiments", Riga, Latvia


Participation in conferences and seminars
1989 The First East-West European Photo Conference, group photo show (Inta Ruka, Egons Spuris, Andrejs Grants) Wroclaw, Poland
1993 3rd conference "Photography - a Phenomenon of Visual Culture", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia
1995 Seminar "Archives", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, speech "Image and Imagery"
1995 The Photo Fair, Goteborg, Sweden, speech "The Other Reality"
1996 4th conference "Photography - a Phenomenon of Visual Culture", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia

Reviews / bibliography
1985 "Andrejs Grants", portfolio text by V. Birgus, quarterly magazine "Revue Fotografie". No. 3/85, Czechoslovakia
1985 Portfolio, text by P. Bankovskis, "Maksla" almanac of fine arts, No. 4/85, Riga, Latvia
1989 "Foto-Annaeherungen an die Sowietunion", Ed. Fackeltraeger, Hannover, Germany
1990 "Nothing but Truth" W. Mikhailowsky, "Maksla" almanac of fine arts, No. 8/90, pp. 57-64, Riga, Latvia,
1991 text by A. Sliusarev, "Sovetskoje Foto" magazine, No 12/91, Moscow, Russia
1991 "Latvian Photography in the Age of Glasnost", text by Vid Ingelevics, catalogue, TPW, Toronto, Canada
1991 "The Ideal and Actual Space of Group A", H. Demakova, "Maksla" magazine, No. 4/91, Riga, Latvia
1992 P. Linnap, "Katalog" magazine, No. 5/1, Denmark
1993 "The Memory of Images: Baltic Photo Art Today", exhibition catalogue, H. Demakova, B. Straka, K. Nievers, Cologne, Germany
1993 "Borderlands", Photography from the Baltic States, P. Linnap, catalogue, Glasgow, Great Britain
1994 "Andrejs Grants", Vaclav Macek, "Months of Photography", catalogue, pp. 114- 115, Bratislava, Slovakia
1995 "The Notes of Andrejs Grants", P. Linnap, "Kultuur ja Elu", Tallinn, Estonia
1996 "Wood, Courtyard, and Smole", Uldis Tirons, "Rigas Laiks" magazine, No 1/96, pp. 26-31, Riga, Latvia
1997 "A Double Portrait", "Der Alltag" magazine, No.75, pp.124-140, Berlin, Germany

Publications
1991 "Maksla" almanac of fine arts, No 4,/85, Riga, Latvia,
1993 "The Memory of Images: Baltic Photo Art Today", exhibition catalogue, Cologne, Germany
1993 "Borderlands", Photography from the Baltic States, exhibition catalogue, Glasgow, Great Britain
1993 "The Instants", Andrejs Grants,"Maksla" almanac of fine arts, No. 11/93, Riga, Latvia,
1994 "Months of Photography", catalogue, pp. 114-115, Bratislava, Slovakia
1995 "The Notes of Andrejs Grants", portfolio, text by P. Linnap, "Kultuur ja Elu", Tallinn, Estonia,

Affiliations
1988 - 1998 Latvian Culture Foundation, Riga, Latvia
Since 1990 Latvian Designers' Society

Work experience
Since 1979 House of Youth Creative Activities in Riga,
teacher of photography

© Latvian Museum of Photography
Compiled by Vilnis Auzins
Translation from Latvian: Andra Piebalga
Computer print: Andra Piebalga
May 14, 1997
Updated: March 2, 1999