Aivars LIEPINS

Born in Riga, Latvia on January 1, 1953, resides in Riga, Latvia

Education
1960 - 1969 Riga Elementary School Nr.6
1969 - 1971 Riga Secondary School Nr.2
1972 Starts photographing
1973 Latvian State University, Faculty of Journalism

Solo shows
1989 "The Far North. Dixon", Latvian Revolution (War) Museum, Riga, Latvia
1993 A Retrospective review of Latvia's Awakening. "Siksala", Christianshavns Boeboerhus, Copenhagen, Denmark
1996 "Siksala", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia
1996 "Great Britain through the Eyes of Latvians", together with Valts Kleins, Library and Information Center, Ventspils, Latvia
1997 "Great Britain through the Eyes of Latvians", Valmiera Museum of Local Studies, Valmiera, Latvia

Group exhibitions
1975 "Our Women Artists", Art Workers' House, Riga, Latvia
1987 "Amberland", City Museum, Tartu, Estonia
1987 Annual Exhibition of Press Photographers, House of Sciences, Riga, Latvia
1988 "Baltic - 88", Art Workers' House, Riga, Latvia
1988 Annual Exhibition of Press Photographers, House of Sciences, Riga, Latvia
1989 "Foto - Photo, Photographic acquainting with the USSR", Kunsthochshule, 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 "The Song of Fate", Latvian War Museum, Riga, Latvia
1991 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glasnost", gallery TWP, 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
1991 "Annual Exhibition of Press Photographers", Museum of History of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
1991 "At the Song Festival", Latvian War Museum, Riga, Latvia
1991 "Evidence", gallery "M-6", Riga, Latvia
1992 A.F.I. - group exhibition, Reitern's House, Riga, Latvia
1992 "Fox Talbot Award", National Portrait Gallery, London, Great Britain
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
1993 "Photographers from Latvia", City Exhibition Hall, Higashikawa, Japan
1993 "The Memory of Images, Baltic Photo Art Today", gallery "Sophienhof Kunsthalle", Cologne, Germany
"The Memory of Images, Baltic Photo Art Today", gallery "Kunsthalle", Rostock, Germany
"The Memory of Images, Baltic Photo Art Today", Exhibition Hall "Latvija", Riga, Latvia
1993 "Latvian Time", Baltic Sea Folk High School, Aabenraa, Denmark
"Latvian Time", ITA Center, Tinglev, Denmark
"Latvians Time", Logumkloster Free School, Logumkloster, Denmark
"Latvian Time", Skaerbek Community School, Skaerbek, Denmark
1994 "The Memory of Images, Baltic Photo Art Today", State Art Academy, Gdansk, Poland
"The Memory of Images, Baltic Photo Art Today", Vilnius, Lithuania
1995 "Images of Latvia", gallery "Claire M. Laurin", Aix-en-Provence, France
1995 "Great Britain through the Eyes of Latvians", Reitern's House, Riga, Latvia
1996 "The Art of Baltics", Commercial Gallery, London, Great Britain
1996 "Latvian Time", Contemporary Art Museum "Arsenals", Riga, Latvia
1996 "FotoParade", Contemporary Art Museum "Arsenals", Riga, Latvia
1997 "Photography from Latvia", gallery "Station 3", Vienna, Austria
1997 " New Photography from Latvia", gallery "FotoForum West", Insbruck, Austria
1998 "Latvian Contemporary Photography", Slovensky rozhlas, Atrium, Bratislava, Slovakia
1998 "Latvian Contemporary Photography", National Association of Lithuanian Photographers, Vilnius, Lithuania

Collections
Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland National Museum of Photography, Cinema and Television, Bradford, Great Britain
Museum of Latvian Photography, Riga, Latvia Latvia

Private collections in
Latvia, Switzerland, France, Germany, Great Britain

Major series
"Siksala"
"Awakening in Latvia"
"The Far North. Dixon"

Slide shows
1993 1st Central European AV-Media Congress", Graz, Austria
"Storage of Photographic collections," speech by Vilnis Auzins
1993 "Democracy and Culture", Baltic Sea Folk High School, Aabenraa, Denmark
"Photography in the Context of Latvian Contemporary Culture", speech by Vilnis Auzins
1994 "Photo Art of the Baltic Sea Countries", Baltic Sea Culture Centre, Gdansk, Poland
"Latvian Museum of Photography - Contemporary Art Photography Collections", speech by Vilnis Auzins
1994 "AVICOM 94: Photography and Museum", Bonn, Germany
"Photo Collections in Latvia", speech by Vilnis Auzins
1995 "Heritage of Photographers. The Past and the Present.", Siauliai Photography Museum, Siauliai, Lithuania
"The Principles and Philosophy of Formation of the Latvian Museum of Photography ", speech by Vilnis Auzins
1995 "Higashikawa Photo Festival", Higashikawa, Japan
"The Role of Photography in the Preservation and Creation of National Culture in Latvia", speech by Vilnis Auzins
1995 Congress of American Latvian Artists Association, Pittsburgh, USA
"Latvian Contemporary Photography", lecture by Vilnis Auzins
1995 Latvian Parish House, Rockville, USA
"Latvian Contemporary Photography", lecture by Vilnis Auzins,
1995 University of Southern Maine, Portland, USA
"The role of Photography in Preserving National Culture", lecture by Vilnis Auzins,
1996 Symposium "The Art of Today", Bratislava, Slovakia
"The Role of Photography in Latvian Culture", lecture by Vilnis Auzins
1997 Hochshulle fr angevandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria
"Latvian Photography. History and the Present", speech by Vilnis Auzins

Participation in workshops, photoprojects and photo campaigns
1986 Photo campaign "One Day in Riga", Riga, Latvia
1987 Photo campaign "One Day in Latvia", Riga, Latvia
1988 Photo campaign "One Day in Ogre", Photo club "Ogre", Latvia
1989 Photo project "Latvian Time", Latvia
1997 - 1998 Photo project "Living Space", Latvia - Austria

Reviews / bibliography
1988 "Go and Look", text by Martins Zelmenis, "Literatura un Maksla" newspaper, Riga, Latvia
1989 "Foto - Photo, Photographic acquainting with the USSR", album, Kunsthochshule, Bielefeld, Germany
1990 "Gazette de Lausanne" newspaper, June 15, 1990, Lausanne, Switzerland
1990 "D`autres murs a abattre", text by J.L.Kuffer , "24 heures" newspaper June 20, 1990, Switzerland
1991 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glasnost", catalogue, text by Vidvuds Ingelevics, Toronto, Canada
1992 "Blick zuruck nach vorn. Ein Baltisches memorial", text by Barbara Straka, "Merian" magazine, Germany
1992 "Reise ins Verfluchte Land", "Zeit" magazine, Hamburg, Germany
1993 "The Memory of Images", text by Barbara Straka, Helena Demakova, catalogue, Cologne, Germany
1993 "The Art of Baltics", catalogue, Commercial Gallery, London, Great Britain
1994 "Flood in an Element. Spinning - Waste of Time.", text by Agija Krasta, "Nakts" newspaper
1995 "Great Britain through the Eyes of Latvians", "Diena" newspaper, Latvia
1995 "... travelling to England", text by I. Rupenheite, "Diena" newspaper, Latvia
1995 "The Kingdom of Riga in Photographs, Jewelry and Posters", text by I. Alksnitis. "Rigas Balss" newspaper, Latvia
1995 "In Ex Almonds Were in Blossom Not Cherries", text by G. Blumbergs, "Labrit" newspaper, Riga, Latvia
1995 "Photographs by Aivars Liepins", text by D. Jefimenko. "Latvija - Baltijas valsts" magazine, Latvia
1996 "The Latvian Museum of Photography", text by Vilnis Auzins. "Imago" magazine, No. 2/96, Bratislava, Slovakia
1997 "Photographers Encyclopedia International", Michel+Michele Auer, Switzerland
CD-ROM, http:/www.livre.net/ides,PMDC, France
1997 "Bilder" magazine, No. 133, Vienna, Austria
1997 "The First-night of Latvian Photography in Vienna", Vilnis Auzins, "Diena" newspaper, July 14, 1997, Riga, Latvia

Publications
1988 "Literatura un Maksla" newspaper, Riga, Latvia
1988 "Daugavpils", photo album, "Avots", Riga, Latvia
1989 "Foto - Photo, Photographic acquainting with the USSR", album, Kunsthochshule, Bielefeld, Germany
1991 "Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glasnost", catalogue, Toronto, Canada
1992 "Merian" magazine, Germany 1993 "The Memory of Images", catalogue, Cologne, Germany
1993 "The Art of Baltic Republics", catalogue, Commercial Gallery, London, Great Britain
1996 "Imago" magazine, No. 2/96, Bratislava, Slovakia
1997 "Bilder" magazine, No. 133, Vienna, Austria

Since 1977 - photographer for Latvian newspapers "Pionieris", "Padomju Jaunatne", "Atmoda", "Latvijas Jaunatne", "Labrit", "Diena"; Latvian magazines "Liesma", "Zvaigzne", "Rigas Laiks", "Latvija - Baltijas valsts"

Affiliations
1988 Latvian Culture Foundation, Photo Society
1988 Latvian Journalists Society
1996 Association of the Professional Photographers of Latvia

Work experience
Since 1975 - photographer for various periodicals
Since 1990 - newspaper "Atmoda" , photo journalist
Since 1991 - photo agency "A.F.I." Since
1995 - newspaper "Diena", photo journalist

Agent
Latvian Museum of Photography
Marstalu iela 8, Riga, LV -1050, Latvia
e - mail : lvfoto@lanet.lv (Vilnis Auzins)

Latvian Museum of Photography
Compiled by Vilnis Auzins
Translation from Latvian: Andra Piebalga
Computer print: Andra Piebalga
May 14, 1997
Updated: October 28, 1998