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Aija Bley photowork

Photography project “Notes of Beauty”: Collaboration of Ayaka Yamamoto & Aija Bley



Photo Diary focused on identity of both countries.

“Notes of Beauty” is a photo project, implemented by the Latvian photographer, film director Aija Bley and Japanese photographer Ayaka Yamamoto. Both artists focuses on the search for a national identity and search for both cultures.

In the August 2014 Ayaka Yamamoto will go to Latvia, where she and Aija Bley will create photo diary about their trip in Latvia “Notes of Beauty”. During this time, they also participate in the ISSP master workshop for photography, and make performance in the festival “Urban stories” in Riga, which will exhibit works created by Latvian trip.
In the end of September Aija Bley will go to Japan. She will be traveling there for a month and will create a photo story “Transparent”.

Aija Bley photo works “Transparent” will be exhibited at 12th of December 2014 in central Riga showroom within the framework of the European Capital of Culture.


●”Notes of Beauty” Creative trip in Latvia
Date: 1 Jul. – 21 Aug. 2014

●”Notes of Beauty” Creative trip in Japan
Date: 15 Sep. – 12 Oct. 2014

Workshop and exhibition

●ISSP workshop & exhibition in Latvia
Date: 4 – 10 Aug. 2014
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●Exhibition at the festival “Urban stories”
Date: 18 – 21 Aug. 2014
Venue: Riga neighborhood Zolitude

●Photo exhibition“ Transparent”
Date: 12 Dec. 2014 – 11 Jan. 2015
Venue: Riga Art Space


Participated photographers

Aija Bley (Latvia)

Ayaka Yamamoto (Japan)

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