Timeline

1958
Born in Riga, Latvia
1973
Photo Club, training group with G. Birkmanis, Riga, Latvia
1973–1976
Business school of Riga, certificate as sewer
1979–1982
Education and collaboration at the “V.E.E.“ studio in Riga under the leadership of Gunãrs Birkmanis
1983
Since then photographic series 'My Country People'
1983–1984
Member of the photographer-group “Riga”
1985
Member of the group “A”, Riga since then
1984–1988
Member of the photo-studio “Ogre“, Ogre, Latvia
1986–1988
Work as freelance photographer in Vladivostok, UdSSR
1990
Member of the Designer Association of Latvia since then
1994
Workshop with E. Mark (U.S.A.) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden
1998
Grant of the 'Hasselblad Foundation'
1999
'Spídola-Award' of the Latvian Culture Foundation
2000
Starts of the photographic series 'People I happened to meet'
2002
Scholarship at the Villa Walberta, Feldafing, Germany
2004
Latvian 'Price of the Year' for the exhibition with Egon Spuris in the State Art Museum in Riga
2004
Starts of the photographic series 'Amalias Street 5'
2006
Starts to work on the photographic series „Neighbours“
2007
Two-month artist-in-residence-scholarship of the IASPIS (International Artists Studio Program in Sweden) in Stockholm
2009
Invested as a “Chevalier (Knight)”, the highest award of the “Order of the Three Stars” of the State of Latvia
The artist lives and works in Riga

Exhibitions

2009
Amalias Street 5, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga (solo)
2008–2009
From M to ZZZ, Contemporary Art from Latvia, Langhans Gallery, Prague
2008
On the Human Being. International Photography 1950-2000“ (with Nobuyoshi Araki, Diane Arbus, Rineke Dijkstra, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Boris Mikhailov, László Moholy-Nagy, Bernhard Prinz, August Sander, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth et al.), Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, in cooperation with the Folkwang Museum, Essen, and the Picasso Museum, Málaga (curated by Ute Eskildsen)
2008
The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art(Part I)“, CCS Bard Hessel Museum / Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
2008
Art from the Future Contemporary Art Museum, Riga”, European Commission, Berlaymont Building, Brussels
2008
Private. Exhibition of contemporary Photography from Latvia”, in the framework of the “Moscow Photobiennale 2008”, Contemporary Art Center Winzavod, Moscow
2008
Amalias Street 5, Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg (solo)
2008
Amalias Street 5, heden, The Hague (NL) (solo)
2008
Amalias Street 5, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (solo)
2007
Portraits, Baukunst Galerie, Cologne (solo)
2007
Contemporary Art from Latvia, European Central Bank, Frankfurt a. M.
2006
In the Face of History: European Photographers in the 20th Century (among others with Wolfgang Tillmanns, Boris Mikhailov et al.), Barbican Art Gallery, London
2006
People I Happened to Meet, Photography Center Istanbul (solo)
2005
Generations, The Historical Museum of Alytus (LIT)
2005
Die Sammlung I: Das Porträt 1970-2000, Fotomuseum im Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich
2005
Dogs, Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg
2005
Generations: Changing Photography, Alytus (LIT)
2005
Inta Ruka 'Portraits', Baukunst Galerie, Cologne (solo)
2004
Passage d’Europe - Musée d’Art Moderne Saint-Etienne, France (group)
2003–2004
Modern Latvian Art and Photograph - Estonian National Museum, Tartu, Estonia (group)
2003
Inta Ruka and Egons Spuris - State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia (group)
2003
Dokument 03 – Bildens Hus, Fotomuseet, Sundvall, Sweden (group)
2003
Inta Ruka and Egon Spuris, State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia (group)
2003
Königliche Bibliothek, Stockholm (solo)
2003
Portraits, Baukunst Galerie, Cologne (cat.) (solo)
2003
Portraits, PAK, Palais für aktuelle Kunst, Kunstverein Glückstadt (solo)
2003
Inta Ruka – fotografiju paroda, Prospekto Photo Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania (solo)
2002
Inta Ruka, Villa Ichon, Bremen (solo)
2002
Pilseta: Stasti par Rigu/City. Stories about Riga, Riga, Latvia (group)
2002
Latvian artists exhibition – M. Zilinska Art Gallery, Kaunas, Latvia (group)
2001
Metropolis. Riga – stock market, Riga, Latvia (group)
2001
Latvia. Changing and Unchanging Reality, Giedre Bartelt Galerie, Berlin (solo)
2001
People I happened to meet, Pomerania Dukes castle South gallery, Szczecin, Poland (solo)
2000
My Country People, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Riga, Latvia (solo)
2000
Inta Ruka and Andrejs Grants – Strasburg, France (group)
2000
Latvia. Changing and Unchanging Reality – with Andrejs Grants, Gallery of the Latvian Artists Union, Riga, Latvia (group)
2000
Utopia – Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway (group)
2000
Parallels – Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland (group)
1997
Inta Ruka, Photostudio 1, Boston, U.S.A. (solo)
1995
My Country People, Bratislava, Slovakia (solo)
1995
Inta Ruka, Amiens, France (solo)
1994
My Country People, Centre Photographique de Normandie, Rouen, France (solo)
1994
My Country People, Museum of Regional Studies and Art, Madona, Latvia (solo)
1992
My Country People, at 'Pârmijas - Aktuelle Kunst aus Riga', Kultur- und Begegnungszentrum Achtermannstrasse (C.U.B.A.), Münster,Germany (cat.) (solo)
1991
My Country People, Karlshamn, Sweden (solo)
1986
Inta Ruka, Exhibition Hall 'Kiek in de Koek', Tallinn, Estonia (solo)

Literature

2008
Ruka, Inta: Amãlijas iela 5a / Amãlijas Street 5a, with texts of Irēna Bužinska, Jānis Rokpelnis and Inta Ruka, Riga 2008.
2008
On the Human Being. International Photography 1950-2000, Cat.: Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla 2008.
2008
Tellgren, Anna: Inta Ruka’s Latvian Portraits, in: Inta Ruka. Amalias Street 5a, Cat.: Heden, The Hague 2008, pp 9-11.
2008
Tifentale, Alise: Exhibition of Contemporary Photography from Latvia in Moscow, in: Foto Kvartals, Nr. 1(9), Riga 2008, pp 94-96, images: pp 50-51.
2008
Buzinska, Irena: “Inta Ruka, Amalias Street 5“, in: Private. Exhibition of contemporary photography from Latvia, Cat.: Contemporary Art Center Winzavod Moscow, Riga 2008, pp 185-187, images: pp 114-127.
2007
Kolár, Viktor: “Inta Ruka“, in: Revolver Revue, 69/2007, pp 47-55.
2007
Contemporary Art from Latvia. Spotlight: The Collection of the LatvianContemporary Art Museum, Cat.: European Central Bank,Frankfurt a.M. 2007.
2007
Bernhard, Urs: “Inta Ruka. Der erzählerische Blick“, in: Quadrat,a photography e-magazine by Franke & Heidecke, 1/2007, pp 12-18.
2007
Fricke, Christiane: “Grosse Kohle oder doch nur Liebhaberei? Wertsteigerung bei Fotos“, in: Photographie, No. 6, 2007, pp 26-29.
2006
In the Face of History. European Photographers in the 20th Century, Cat.: In the Face of History. European Photographers in the 20th Century, Cat.: Barbican Art Gallery, London, ed. by Kate Bush and Mark Sladen, London 2006.
2003
Inta Ruka, Egons Spuris. Fotografijas / Photographies, Cat.: Staatl. Kunstmuseum Riga, Riga 2003.
2003
Harder, Matthias: Blicke in die lettische Seele, in: Folder for the exhibition at the Baukunst Galerie Cologne and at PAK, Palais für aktuelle Kunst, Kunstverein Glückstadt, Cologne 2003.
2003
Kaufhold, Enno: Weltbilder vom Lande. Inta Ruka und ihre Lettland- Porträts, in: Photonews, Nr. 3, March 2003, 15. Jahrgang, p. 6-7.
2001
Kaufhold, Enno: Mit geneigtem Blick, in: FAZ, Nr. 92, 20 April 2001, Berliner Seiten, S. 6.
1999
Inta Ruka, Mani lauku ïaudis/Inta Ruka, My Country People/Inta Ruka, La mia gente di campagna, Cat. published due to the participation of the 48th Venice Biennale, Soros Center for Contemporary Arts u.a. (Hrsg.), Riga 1999.
1999
Bankovskis, Pçteris: People at the margin, in: Inta Ruka, Mani lauku ïaudis/Inta Ruka, My Country People/Inta Ruka, La mia gente di campagna, Riga 1999, p. 8-11.
1999
Demakova, Helçna, Let’s have a picture taken. When you’re dead I’ll have something to look at“, in: Inta Ruka, Mani lauku ïaudis/Inta Ruka, My Country People/Inta Ruka, La mia gente di campagna, Riga 1999, p. 18-25.
1999
Stories, Storytellers, Inta Ruka, Anita Zabilevska, Ojars Petersons, Republic of Latvia, in: Ausst.-Kat.: 48. Internationalen Ausstellung Zeitgenössischer Kunst, Biennale von Venedig 1999.
1999
Esmu labaka fotografe starp apkopejam, interview with Inta Ruka, in: Santa, 1999/No. 5, p. 62-66.
1998
There is nothing more interesting than a person, interview of L. Slava with Inta Ruka, in: Studija, quarterly magazine of fine arts, Riga, 1998, No. 3, p. 24-31.
1995
Raphael, Michel, in: Images de Lettonie, Cat.: Galerie Claire M. Laurin, La Fontaine Obscure, Aix-en-Provence 1995.
1995
My people from the countryside, Text von Inta Ruka, in: The Memory of Images. Baltic Photo Art Today, Cat.: Kiel 1993.
1993
Linnap, Peter: Anthropologist Inta Ruka, in: Borderlands, Photography of the Baltic States, Ausst.-Kat.: Street Level Gallery, Glasgow 1993.
1992
Straka, Barbara: Blick zurück nach vorn. Ein baltisches Memorial (Über die Entwicklung der baltischen Kunstphotographie), in: Merian, September, p. 88-95.
1991
Demakova, Helena: Grupa A, in: Maksla. Almanac of Fine Arts (Riga/Latvia), 1991/No. 4, p. 56-63.
1991
Changing Reality: Recent Soviet Photography, Starwood Publishing in association with The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Virginia/USA 1991.
1991
Comrades & Cameras: Photographs from Latvia and Other Soviet Republics, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara/USA 1991.
1991
Ingelevics, V.: Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glasnost, Cat.: Toronto Photographers Workshop, Toronto 1991.
1990
Mikhailowsky, W.: Grupa A, in: Avots. Monthly Magazine, Riga 1990, No. 10, p. 32-43.
1990
Querrin, M.: Ohne Titel, in: Le Monde (Paris), 1990, No. 14.
1989
Annäherung an die Sowjetunion: Ein fotografischer Dialog/Photographical Acquaints with the USSR: A Photographical Dialogue, Cat.: Fachhochschule Hannover, Hannover 1989.
1986
Neiburga, A.: Inta Ruka – cela sakuma, in: Literatura un Maksla, 23 May 1986.