Modris RUBENIS

Born in Baldone, Latvia, on October 11, 1951. Residence in Kuldiga, Latvia

Education
1959 - 1970 Baldone Secondary school
1970 - 1974 Latvian State Institute of Physical Culture, sports pedagogue
1973 Beginning of photographer's career
1975 - 1976 photo club "Liepaja", training group
1981 - 1983 Riga People's University, photo department

Solo shows
1981 "Modris Rubenis. Collection", Kuldiga, Latvia
1991 "Townsmen of Kuldiga", Revolution (War) Museum, Riga, Latvia
1992 "Townsmen of Kuldiga", Kuldiga Photo Club, Kuldiga, Latvia
1994 "Meditative Landscapes", gallery "Fotostudija 1", Boston, USA
1997 "Townsmen of Kuldiga and Other Inhabitants of Kurzeme", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia
1997 "Townsmen of Kuldiga and Other Inhabitants of Kurzeme", Galeria Focus, Bratislava, Slovakia

Group exhibitions
1986 "Latvian Photography", St. Peter's Church-Museum, Riga, Latvia
1987 "Amberland", Tallinn, Estonia
1989 "Latvian Photography", St. Peter's Church-Museum, Riga, Latvia
1989 "One Day in Ogre", Ogre Museum for History and Arts, Ogre, Latvia
1989 Three Days of Awakening", Latvia Museum of Pharmacy, 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, Netherlands
1990 "The Song of Fate", Latvian War Museum. Riga, Latvia
1991 "Evidence", gallery "M-6", Riga, Latvia
1992 "Stepping out of Line" , Ganser Art Gallery, Millersville, USA
1992 "Stepping out of Line", Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, USA
1992 "Stepping out of Line" , "Area Gallery", University of Southern Maine, Portland, USA
1993 "Stepping out of Line", International Images Gallery, Sewickley, Pittsburgh, USA
1993 "Stepping out of Line", Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, USA
1993 "Latvian Time", Latvian Photography Museum, Riga, Latvia
1993 "Photographers from Latvia", City Exhibition Hall, Higashikawa, Japan
1993 "Latvian Time", Baltic Folk Sea High School, Aabenraa, Denmark
1993 "Latvian Time", ITA - Center, Tinglev, Denmark
1993 "Latvian Time", Logumkloster Free School, Denmark
1993 "Latvian Time", Skærbæk Community School, Skærbaek, Denmark
1996 "Latvian Time", Contemporary Art Museum "Arsenals", Riga, Latvia
1996 "FotoParade", Contemporary Art Museum "Arsenals", Riga, Latvia
1997 "Photography from Latvia", "Station 3", Vienna, Austria
1997 "New Photography from Latvia", gallery "FotoForum West", Insbruck, Austria
1997 "Nord - West" Art Festival, Embassy of Lithuania in Moscow, Russia
1998 "2nd Worldwide Exhibition of the Latvian Art", Exhibition Hall "Latvija", Riga, Latvia
1998 "Living Space", gallery of the Latvian Artists Union, Riga, Latvia
1998 "Latvian Contemporary Photography", National Association of Lithuanian Photographers, Vilnius,
Lithuania

Collections
Millersville University, Pennsylvania,USA
Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland
Private collections
in Latvia, USA, Latvia, Switzerland

Major series
"Townsmen of Kuldiga"
"Country Life"
"Town"
"Landscapes"

Participation in workshops, photoprojects and photo campaigns
1983 Workshop "Kuldiga", Kuldiga, Latvia
1986 Workshop "Fotovasara 86", "Ielicas", Valka district, Latvia
1987 Workshop "Fotovasara 87", M. Buclers Photography Room, Sauka, Latvia
1988 Photo campaign "One Day in Ogre", Photo club "Ogre", Latvia
1989 Workshop "Fotovasara 89", M. Buclers' Photography Room, Sauka, Latvia
1989 Photo project "Latvian Time", Latvia
1989 Photo project "Nation's Gallery", Latvia
1996 - 1989 Photo project "Living Space", Austria - Latvia

Curatorial experience
Since 1983 curator of several exhibitions at the photo club "Kuldiga" gallery

Participation in conferences and seminars
1993 3rd scientific seminar "Photography - a phenomenon of visual culture", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia
1996 4th scientific seminar "Photography - a phenomenon of visual culture", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia

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 Photography Museum-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. Past and the Present.", Siauliai Photography Museum, Lithuania
"The principles and philosophy of formation of the Latvian Photography Museum", 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 Photograpgy. History and the Present", speech by Vilnis Auzins
1997 International discussion "Photography: yesterday and today", St. Petersburg, Russia
"Latvian Photography. Second half of the 20th Century", lecture by Vilnis Auzins

Reviews / Bibliography
1990 "Gazette de Lausanne", Lausanne, Switzerland
1991 "Townsmen of Kuldiga in the Nation's Gallery", text by Vilnis Auzins, newspaper "Kulturas Avize", Riga, Latvia
1991 "Townsmen of Kuldiga", text by Vilnis Auzins, newspaper "Literatura un Maksla", Riga, Latvia
1991 "In the Nation's Gallery", text by H. Demakova, newspaper "Diena", Riga, Latvia
1992 "Stepping out of Line" exhibition catalogue, text by B. Mangolds and R. Lowing , Milersville University, USA
1995 "The Former", I. Zandere, magazine"Rigas Laiks", No. 1/95, Riga, Latvia
1996 "The Latvian Museum of Photography", Vilnis Auzins, "IMAGO" magazine, No. 2, Bratislava, Slovakia
1997 Lettische Fotografiren", "WUK. Info - Intern", No. 4, 1997, Vienna, Austria
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 "Photo essays from Kuldiga", Vilnis Auzins, Neatkariga Rita Avize newspaper, May 24, 1997, Riga, Latvia
1997 "Latvia -- a Baltic State", Riga, Latvia
1997 Oleg Torchinsky newspaper, November 20, 1997, Moscow, Russia
1997 "Nord - West Vilnis Auzins, special festival issue, October - November, 1997, Moscow, Russia
1997 "The First-night of Latvian Photography in Vienna", Vilnis Auzins, "Diena" newspaper, July 14, 1997, Riga, Latvia

Publications
1991 Newspaper "Kulturas Avize", Riga, Latvia
1981 Newspaper "Literatura un Maksla", Riga, Latvia
1991 Newspaper "Diena", Riga, Latvia
1992 "Stepping out of Line" , exhibition catalogue, Millersville University, USA
Since Newspaper "Kurzemnieks", Kuldiga, Latvia
1996 "Imago" magazine, No. 2, Bratislava, Slovakia
1997 Neatkariga Rita Avize newspaper, May 24, 1997, Riga, Latvia
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
Lettische Fotografiren", "WUK.Info - Intern", No. 4, 1997, Vienna, Austria
1997 "Diena" newspaper, July 14, 1997, Riga, Latvia

Affiliations
1976 Photo club "Kuldîga", Kuldiga, Latvia
1988 Latvian Culture Foundation, photo society

Work experience
1974 Liepaja Sports School, headmaster
1976 - 1979 Kuldiga Sports School, coach
1979 - 1983 Kuldiga fire station, fireman
1983 - 1995 Photo club "Kuldiga", chairman
1996 Newspaper "Kurzemnieks", Kuldiga, photographer

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

© Latvian Museum of Photography,
Compiled by Vilnis Auzins
Translation from Latvian: Andra Piebalga
Computer print: Andra Piebalga
October 22, 1997
Updated: October 30, 1998