Riga Photography Biennial 2020 exhibition - 6 x 6 / 36


From September 12 to October 18 this year, the central event of the Riga Photography Biennale 2020 “6x6/36” will take place at the exhibition hall “Riga Art Space” Intro Hall.

The 6 x 6 / 36 project materializes the work undertaken by the Nunc Collective (Clarisse Bardiot, Annick Bureaud, Jean-Luc Soret and Cyril Thomas) to explore new forms of digital publishing and new approaches to exhibitions. Each notebook features the work of six artists focusing on a common theme. The artworks, biographical notes, and excerpts from texts selected by the artists can be accessed online using the data matrix.

6 x 6 / 36 assumes that merging  and publication is possible. Much more than just being associated in some way, they fuse together in the form of notebooks that can be carried in a pocket or bag. It’s up to the reader to explore the artworks on offer, but also to use stickers to curate his or her own exhibition, which can then be shown in a private space (e.g. a living room or kitchen) or a public space (e.g. walls, advertising hoardings, public transport, etc). 6 x 6 / 36 provides an alternative to traditional museum codes, moving away from the system of the “white cube” and familiar methods of mediation. By creating alternative links between artwork, subject and object, 6 x 6 / 36 creates new ways of approaching the notions of exhibition, dissemination and reception.

For this issue of 6 x 6 / 36, devoted to the landscape, are selected six artists — Joan Fontcuberta, Jodi (Joan Heemskerk & Dirk Paesmans), Catherine Rannou, Jodi Rose, Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman & Joe Gerhardt) and Jeremy Wood — who explore and play with different definitions of the notion of landscape using a range of sometimes infinitesimal shifts and variations.

6 x 6 / 36 – Landscape focuses on the way technology, media and interfaces renew and broaden standard notions of landscape and the picturesque, creating a shift in the perceptions and position of the viewer.
Even if it continues to signify an area viewed by an observer and the visual representation of a particular place, the word ’landscape’ no longer refers to a single point of view, a particular location, or even a specific area of land. Now that there are so many perception interfaces and prosthetic devices available, the landscape can be diffracted, aggregating or hybridizing with many different elements. It becomes multifarious by integrating computerized data, mathematics, or changes of scale, allowing multiple points of view.

Curator: Jean-Luc Soret (Collectif Nunc)

Supported by: State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, Association of Culture Institutions of Riga City Council, Riga Art Space, French Institute in Latvia, LG Electronics Latvia, Rixwell Hotel, Lux Express, Printing house ‘ADverts’, Hibnerstudio, Kokmuižas alus, Arterritory, Newspaper IR, LSM, Satori, Punctum, Literatūra ir menas (LT), Latvijas Radio, Radio NABA

The Riga Photography Biennial (RPB) is an international contemporary art event, focusing on the analysis of visual culture and artistic representation. The term ‘photography’ in the title of the biennial is used as an all-embracing concept encompassing a mixed range of artistic image-making practices that have continued to transform the lexicon of contemporary art in the 21 st century.


1. Semiconductor, 20Hz, 2011;
2. Collectif Nunc, image from the project 6x6/36.