Aivis SMULDERS

Born in Riga, Latvia, on May 24, 1940. Residence in Jelgava district, Latvia

Education
1947 - 1955 Riga Secondary School Nr.42
1955 - 1959 Riga Industrial Vocational School, specialty in metal-working
1968 Beginning of photographer's career

Solo shows
1984 "Photographs", together with Peteris Orinskis and Roberts Kukojs, Rezekne School of Applied Arts, Rezekne, Latvia
1986 "Draught", Photo club "Riga", Riga, Latvia
1987 "Draught", exhibition hall "Kiek in de Kok , Tallinn, Estonia
1989 "Photographs", together with Olgerts Melgalvis un Gunars Lacis, Riga House of Sciences, Riga, Latvia
1992 "Norilsk - 91", together with Juris Popovs, Latvian War Museum, Riga, Latvia
1994 "Norilsk - 91", Ventspils District History and Art Museum, Ventspils, Latvia
1996 "An Ax in the Wall", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia

Group exhibitions
Above 40 group exhibitions in Latvia and abroad
1979 "4th Zlatno Oko Art Gallery" , Novisad, Yugoslavia
1979 "Sobeks Art Gallery", Belgium
1979 "Macon's Art Gallery", Macon, France
1979 International exhibition, Split, Yugoslavia
1979 "Buenos Aires Art Gallery", Buenos Aires, Argentina
1979 "Rosario Art Gallery", Argentina
1979 "San Paulo Art Gallery", San Paulo, Brazil
1979 "Bordeaux Art Gallery", Bordeaux, France
1983 "21st Zagreb Art Gallery", Zagreb , Yugoslavia
1985 All-Union Photo Exhibition, Moscow, USSR
1985 - 1986 Photo Club "Riga" exhibition, Cordoba, Spain
1985 - 1986 Photo Club "Riga" exhibition, Salon Exposiciones de la Casa de la Cultura, Badajoz, Spain
1985 - 1986 Photo Club "Riga" exhibition, Salon Exposiciones de la Agrupacion fotografica, Guadalajara, Spain
1988 Photo Club "Riga" exhibition, ( separate collection by A. Smulders ), Salle Patino Centre de la photographic, Geneva, Switzerland
1990 "Song", 1st World exhibition of the works of Latvian photographers, Latvian Photo Artists Society, Photo House, Riga, Latvia
1996 "Latvian Time", Contemporary Art Museum "Arsenals", Riga, Latvia
1996 "FotoParade", Contemporary Art Museum "Arsenals", Riga, Latvia
1997 "Photography from Latvia", "Fotogalerie Wien", Vienna, Austria
1997 " New Photography from Latvia", gallery "FotoForum West", Insbruck, Austria
1998 "Living Space", gallery of the Latvian Artists Union, Riga, Latvia
1998 "Latvian Contemporary Photography", Slovensky rozhlas, Atrium, Bratislava, Slovakia
1998 "Latvian Contemporary Photography", National Association of Lithuanian Photographers, Vilnius, Lithuania

Collections
Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia
Private collections in Latvia, Russia, Argentina, France

Major series
"Draught"

Participation in workshops, photoprojects and photo campaigns
1996 Photo project "Latvian Time", Latvia
1996 - 1998 Photo project "Living Space", Latvia - Austria

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 Conference "Heritage of Photographers. The Past and the Present.", Siauliai Photography Museum, Siauliai, 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 Hochshule fr angevandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria
"Latvian Photography. History and the Present.", speech by Vilnis Auzins

Reviews / bibliography
1979 Photography Exhibition "Riga - 79", exhibition catalogue, Riga, Latvia
1982 Photo Club "Riga" Exhibition - 82, catalogue, Riga, Latvia
1982 "XIV Biennial Nacional I II Internacional", exhibition catalogue, Sabadell, Spain
1983 "21st Zagreb Art Gallery", exhibition catalogue, Zagreb, Yugoslavia
1985 "Petersen`s Photographic" magazine, comments by David Brok, No. 4/85, USA 1986 "Draught", text by Anda Klotina, "Padomju jaunatne" newspaper, December 30, 1986, Riga, Latvia
1986 "Draught", prospectus, text by Aivars Akis, Photo club "Riga", Riga, Latvia
1987 "Taciturn Person", text by Valts Kleins, "Maksla" magazine, No. 3/87, Riga, Latvia
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
1979 Photography Exhibition "Riga - 79", catalogue, Riga, Latvia
1982 Photo Club "Riga" Exhibition - 82, catalogue, Riga, Latvia
1982 "XIV Biennial Nacional I II Internacional", exhibition catalogue, Sabadell, Spain
1983 "21st Zagreb Art Gallery", exhibition catalogue, Zagreb, Yugoslavia
1985 "Petersen`s Photographic" magazine, No. 4/85, USA
1986 "Padomju jaunatne" newspaper, December 30, 1986, Riga, Latvia
1986 "Draught", exhibition catalogue, Riga, Latvia
1987 "Maksla" magazine, No. 3/87, Riga, Latvia
1997 "Bilder" magazine, No. 133, Austria

Affiliations
1969 - 1978 Photo Club "VEF", Riga, Latvia
Since 1978 Photo Club "RÓga", Riga,Latvia
Since 1989 Latvian Photo Artists Society, Riga, Latvia

Work experience
1969 - 1993 Factory "VEF", metal-working
Since 1993 Farmer

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
April 28, 1997
Updated: October 28, 1998