International Institute of Practical Psychology (SPPA)
Centre of Creative Learning (TJN)
About Georgs Avetisjans
I am a UK-based photographer / visual narrator from Latvia. Born 1985. I have had several exhibitions in Latvia, Italy, China, Netherlands and the UK. This year I was docking at the residency ‘Docking Station’ in Amsterdam, a new photography platform with a goal to move visual stories forward where I was working on ‘Homeland’ - a story about the sea, land and memory in the longest village in the country and also of how time affects and changes our sense of place. Also nominated and selected for a 'Magnum Photos Graduate Photographers Award 2017' in partnership with Photo London and RBB Economics. Selected for a 'Slideluck Prato' screening Mapping: Identity, Social, Territory followed by a winning prize in 2016 - exhibition of the feature at Lato Gallery in Italy, LensCulture Editor's Picks feature and showcase in the Emerging Talent Awards 2016, Special Guest Selection by Cliff Lauson (Curator, Hayward Gallery London) for a Source Photographic Review, an open call selection for a projection 'Facts and Clarifications' as a part of Riga Photomonth 2017 and photo book exhibition / showcase Self Publish Riga 2017. Last year I graduated from the University of Brighton with a Master’s Degree in Photography with Distinction with a great support from tutors such as M. Power, A. Schuman, J. Lowry, F. Heron, X. Ribas and many other lecturers and practitioners. In 2015 I participated in the workshop The Narrative Portrait by A. Sanguinetti (Magnum Photos) at the International Summer School of Photography (ISSP).
My photographic practice began in 2004 on a photography course under Professor J. Milbrets while studying BA graphic and computer design at the International Institute of Practical Psychology (SPPA). After, the first understanding of the photographic language grew under the guidance of renowned Latvian photographer A. Grants at the Centre of Creative Learning (TJN) in 2008 / 2009. He was a very influential photographer since my childhood. I found many of his original hand printed black and white photographs in our family drawers what he used to send us even before I was born. Since then, I always returned to those drawers with curiosity, fascination and excitement, not only because of the gelatin silver print fragrance, its quality, atmosphere and mood, but also because I was able to get to know and recognize my father through these images as he passed away when I was only 6 months young. They both were good friends and A. Grants has captured him several times and my passion and interest of photography in its visual power begun from these documentary archives.