Inta Ruka  (Latvian, 1958) 

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Inta Ruka Biography
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
Selected 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.