VALTS KLEINS

Born in Riga, Latvia, on March 7, 1955 Latvian, lives in Riga, Latvia.

Education
1978 Riga Secondary School No. 64
1984 Leningrad State Institute of Culture, Faculty of Cinema and Photography, Leningrad. Russia

Background
1977 Self-education
1984 Informal photo group "A"

Solo exhibitions
1991 "Toronto in the Age of Glasnost", together with Gvido Kajons, gallery "Image works", Toronto, Canada
1991 "Thief of Time", gallery "Kolonna", Riga, Latvia
1991 "Thief of Time", Odense Photo Club, Odense, Denmark
1992 "Reflections", together with Gvido Kajons, Walter Phillips Art Gallery, Canada
1992 "Reflections", together with Gvido Kajons, Banff Art Center, Banfa, Canada
1995 "We want, we wish", gallery "M6", Riga, Latvia
1995 "Great Britain through the Eyes of Latvians", together with Aivars Liepins, Library and Information Center, Ventspils, Latvia
1996 "Great Britain through the Eyes of Latvians", together with Aivars Liepins, Valmiera Museum of Local Studies, Valmiera, Latvia
1997 "Anaesthesia", gallery "LN", Riga, Latvia
1997 "Great Britain through the Eyes of Latvian Photographers", together with Gvido Kajons, Rheuttern's House, Riga, Latvia

Group exhibitions
1983 "Exhibition of Young Photographers", Leningrad, USSR
1986 "Latvian Photography", St. Peter's Church, Riga, Latvia
1986 "Setting Birds Free", Valmiera Museum of Local Studies and Art, Valmiera, Latvia
1986 "A Day in Riga", House of Science, Riga, Latvia
1987 "Flood in Talsi", Talsi Museum of Local Studies and Art, Talsi, Latvia 1987 "Event 3", Theater Museum, Riga, Latvia
1989 "One day in Ogre", Ogre History and Art Museum, Ogre, Latvia
1989 "Foto-Photo", photo project, Kunst hochshule, Bielefeld, Germany
1990 "Annee de l'Est", Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland
1990 "Annee de l'Est", gallery "Van der Berlage", Amsterdam, Netherlands
1990 "Latvian Time", Fine Arts Museum "Arsenals", Riga, Latvia
1991 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glastnost", Toronto Photographers Workshop, Toronto, Canada
1991 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glastnost", Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre, North York, Ontario, Canada,
1991 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glastnost", Berrie, Ontario, Canada 1991 "Comrades & Cameras", Santa Barbara Art Museum, Santa Barbara, USA
1991 "House", Exhibition hall "Latvia", Riga, Latvia
1991 "Sketches", gallery "Bastejs", Riga, Latvia
1992 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glastnost", Art gallery of St.Vincent University, Halifax, Canada
1992 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glastnost", Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada
1992 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glastnost", White Water Gallery, North Bay, Canada
1992 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glastnost", Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Canada
1992 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glastnost", Floating Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
1992 "Rauma Biennial 'Balticum '92' ", Art Museum, Rauma, Finland
1992 "Das Steinerne Licht - Ostsee Biennale '92", Kunsthalle, Rostock, Germany
1993 "The Memory of Images", Stadtsgallerie in Sophienhof, Kiel, Germany
1993 "The Memory of Images", Kunsthalle, Rostock, Germany
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 "The Memory of Images",Kunsthalle Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark
1996 "Latvian Time", Fine Arts Museum "Arsenals", Riga, Latvia
1996 "FotoParade", Fine Arts Museum "Arsenals", Riga, Latvia
1996 "Art and New Reality", Varde Exhibition Hall, Varde, Norway
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, Riga, Latvia


Participation in workshops, photo projects and 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 USA, 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 European East-West Photo Conference, associated 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", V.Mikhailovsky, "Maksla" almanac of fine arts, No. 8/90, p.p. 57-64, Riga, Latvia
1991 "Life Around Andrejs Grants", A.Sliusarev, "Sovetskoje Foto" magazine, No. 12/91, pp. 18-21, Moscow, Russia
1991 "Latvian Photography in the Age of Glastnost", text by Vid Ingelevics, catalogue, TPW, Toronto, Canada
1991 "The 'A' Group's Ideal and Real Space", 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, "Month of Photography", catalogue, 114.- 115.lpp., Bratislava, Slovakia
1995 "The Notes of Andrejs Grants", P.Linnap, "Kltuur ja Elu", Tallinn, Estonia 1996 "Wood,Yard, and Smoke", Uldis Tirons, "Rigas Laiks" magazine, No.1/96, pp. 26.-31, Riga, Latvia
1997 "Double Portraits", "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 "Month 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 14.05.1997
Updated: 02.03.1999