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Aija Bley

name:Aija
surname:Bley
profession:režisore
creative organization:Filmmakers Union(from year of 1998)
place of work:On the road
residence:Rīga, Latvija
year of birth:1967
awards:Winner of the Riga Photomonth 2016 exhibition “Territories, Borders and Check-Points”. Grand Prix in the Eurasian Teleforum in Moscow for the films “Ice –Breaker and His Children” and ”Choice”, 2008); Special prize in Pushalski’s film festival in Lodza (2005) “The Sounds of the Seasons”, 2005; Special prize for the short film “Best wishes!” in 9th International film festival in Sienna, Italy, 2004; Jury award in international documentary movie festival in Bratislav for the film “The Sounds of the Seasons”, 2003); Winner of the Grand Prix in Baltic – France film video arts festival for the work “Disturbances in the Count of Time” and rights to create a film ”Yourneau de Voyage” in Paris, 1997.
links:www.aijabley.lv
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Aija Bley

+371 29455955
aija@bley.lv
www.aijabley.lv

Latvian born photographer and film director.

Education:

2016 ISSP International Masterclass of photojournalism (Yuri Kozyrev & Andrei Polikanov)
2013 Photography studies in ISSP, Latvia;
2013 Jan Grarup photography masterclass;
2013 Niko Baumgarten book creation masterclass;
2012 Simon Norfolk photography masterclass;
2012 Jodie Bieber photography masterclass;
2011 MA Latvian Academy of Arts for Master’s degree of Science of Arts;
2011 Workshop with Sarah Leen and Bill Marr (National Geographic Magazine) Documentary Photo Essay, Latvia;
2011 International Summer School of Photography – ISSP Workshop “Creative documentary: Using reality to create personal fiction” by Claudine Doury (FR);
2010 International Summer School of Photography – ISSP Workshop “Documentary Practice and Narrative: The Long Term Project” by George Georgiou (UK);
1999 received a NIPKOW Programme scholarship and studied directing in Berlin.
1997 graduating Latvian Culture Academy – Art bachelor’s degree in cinema and photography.

Exhibitions (selection):
2016 Participation in group exhibition of 1st International Photography Symposium, at the Mark Rothko Arts Centre, in Daugavpils, Latvia.
2015 Personal exhibition “Love stories”, at the Riga Art Space, Latvia
2014 Personal exhibition “Portrait factory” at the Kanepes Culture Riga, Latvia
2013 Participation in group exhibition “Translating the References”, The Centre of Contemporary Arts;
2012 Personal exhibition “Later”, Riga, Museum of Photography;
2012 Group photo exhibition “9 Months” with the works “Best Wishes”, Riga Kaņepe Culture Centre;
2012 Participation in the Contemporary Art Festival “ Survival KIT 4” with photo/video installation “Pool”, Riga, Latvia;
2012 Participation in the group photo exhibition “9 months” with a multimedia project “Good Luck”, Riga, Latvia;
2011 Participation in the Contemporary Art Festival "Survival Kit 3" with video installation "Communists" Riga, Latvia;
2011 Participation in the group photo exhibition "Urban Poetry" in the contemporary culture forum “White Night” with the photo series "Inside", Riga, Latvia;
2011 Participation in the ISSP Photo Exhibition of photo series "Lisa", Kuldiga, Latvia;
2010 Participation in the ISSP Photo Exhibition of photo series "Children", Ludza, Latvia;
2009 Participation in the group exhibition "Wonderful trip" with the video installation "Altar", Riga, Latvia;
2004 Participation in the group photography exhibition "What is important?" With the work cycle "Shop Truck", Riga (LV) Exhibition nominated as the best exhibition of Latvian artists;
2003 Photography /Video personal exhibition "The Frog Runs", Riga, Latvia;
2002 Photography /Video personal exhibition "Paris Walks", Riga, Latvia.

Photo Books:
2013 “Taxi Boys” Photo and text Aija Bley;
2012 “Once the Roses were in Bloom” Photo and text Aija Bley;
2012 “Georgia. Talking with the Doves” Photo Aija Bley, text Elvita Ruka;
2011 "Tajikistan. Wallet With Little Birds ". Photo Aija Bley, text Elvita Ruka;
2011 "Kyrgyzstan. Disobedient Asian Daughter "Photo Aija Bley, text Elvita Ruka;
2011 "Uzbekistan. Between Gold and Uranium" Photo Aija Bley, text Elvita Ruka;
2006 "Hearted Dogs” Photo Aija Bley, text Elvita Ruka.

Films (selection):
Animation:
“Woman and Wind”, 2011;
“Island of Doctor D” - nomination for the best animation film and the best animation artist in Film Festival “Big Kristaps”, Latvia, 2005;
“The Prickly” – 3D animation (nomination as the best debut in Film Festival “Big Kristaps”, Latvia, 2004.

Features:
“Merry Christmas!” - Special prize in 9th International film festival in Sienna, Italy (short), 2004;
“Blurp” (“Šļurp”) - St. Anna award in V student movie festival in Moscow (short), 1997;
“Verner’s Suffering“ (short), 1996.





Documentaries:
“ Olin-bolin” , 2015
“ Restart”, 2014
“Dances of Elves”, 2009, co-production with NDR/3sat TV (Germany);
“Mansur’s War Dance”, 2009;
“Ice –Breaker and His Children” - has received the main prize in Moscow, XI International Eurasian Teleforum, in nomination “The Family of Russia”, 2008;
“Choice” – has received the main prize in Moscow, XI International Eurasian Teleforum, in nomination “Sport in the name of life”, 2008;
“Talking on the Way”, 2006;
“Letter to Embute”, 2006;
“How I Went to Look for Reindeer”, 2005;
“Village Close to Heaven”, 2004;
“The Sounds of the Seasons”, (Lettland – Wildnis zwischen Rusland und Riga) - Special prize in Pushalski’s film festival in Lodza, 2005, Jury award in international documentary movie festival in Bratislav, 2003;
“A Guard, Stalin and Airplanes”, 1998.

Video Art
“Ophelia’s Dream”, 1995;
“Disturbances in the Count of Time” - Special prize in international video art festival “OSTRANENIE - 95” Bauhaus Dessau, 1995;
GRAND PRIX achiever in Latvian-France video art festival in Riga, 1994.


Prizes (selection):

Winner of the Riga Photomonth 2016 exhibition “Territories, Borders and Check-Points”.

Grand Prix in the Eurasian Teleforum in Moscow for the films “Ice –Breaker and His Children” and ”Choice”, 2008);

Special prize in Pushalski’s film festival in Lodza (2005) “The Sounds of the Seasons”, 2005;

Special prize for the short film “Best wishes!” in 9th International film festival in Sienna, Italy, 2004;

Jury award in international documentary movie festival in Bratislav for the film “The Sounds of the Seasons”, 2003);

Winner of the Grand Prix in Baltic – France film video arts festival for the work “Disturbances in the Count of Time” and rights to create a film ”Yourneau de Voyage” in Paris, 1997.
creative biography
Filmmakers Union
Aija Bley

+371 29455955
aija@bley.lv
www.aijabley.lv

Latvian born photographer and film director.

Education:

2016 - ISSP International Masterclass of photojournalism (Yuri Kozyrev & Andrei Polikanov)
2013 - Photography studies in ISSP, Latvia;
2013 - Jan Grarup photography masterclass;
2013 - Niko Baumgarten book creation masterclass;
2012 - Simon Norfolk photography masterclass;
2012 - Jodie Bieber photography masterclass;
2011 - MA Latvian Academy of Arts for Master’s degree of Science of Arts;
2011 - Workshop with Sarah Leen and Bill Marr (National Geographic Magazine) Documentary Photo Essay, Latvia;
2011 - International Summer School of Photography – ISSP Workshop “Creative documentary: Using reality to create personal fiction” by Claudine Doury (FR);
2010 - International Summer School of Photography – ISSP Workshop “Documentary Practice and Narrative: The Long Term Project” by George Georgiou (UK);
1999 - received a NIPKOW Programme scholarship and studied directing in Berlin.
1997 - graduating Latvian Culture Academy – Art bachelor’s degree in cinema and photography.

Exhibitions (selection):
2016 - Participation in group exhibition of 1st International Photography Symposium, at the Mark Rothko Arts Centre, in Daugavpils, Latvia.
2015 - Personal exhibition “Love stories”, at the Riga Art Space, Latvia
2014 - Personal exhibition “Portrait factory” at the Kanepes Culture Riga, Latvia
2013 - Participation in group exhibition “Translating the References”, The Centre of Contemporary Arts;
2012 - Personal exhibition “Later”, Riga, Museum of Photography;
2012 - Group photo exhibition “9 Months” with the works “Best Wishes”, Riga Kaņepe Culture Centre;
2012 - Participation in the Contemporary Art Festival “ Survival KIT 4” with photo/video installation “Pool”, Riga, Latvia;
2012 - Participation in the group photo exhibition “9 months” with a multimedia project “Good Luck”, Riga, Latvia;
2011 - Participation in the Contemporary Art Festival "Survival Kit 3" with video installation "Communists" Riga, Latvia;
2011 - Participation in the group photo exhibition "Urban Poetry" in the contemporary culture forum “White Night” with the photo series "Inside", Riga, Latvia;
2011 - Participation in the ISSP Photo Exhibition of photo series "Lisa", Kuldiga, Latvia;
2010 - Participation in the ISSP Photo Exhibition of photo series "Children", Ludza, Latvia;
2009 - Participation in the group exhibition "Wonderful trip" with the video installation "Altar", Riga, Latvia;
2004 - Participation in the group photography exhibition "What is important?" With the work cycle "Shop Truck", Riga (LV) Exhibition nominated as the best exhibition of Latvian artists;
2003 - Photography /Video personal exhibition "The Frog Runs", Riga, Latvia;
2002 - Photography /Video personal exhibition "Paris Walks", Riga, Latvia.

Photo Books:
2013 - “Taxi Boys” Photo and text Aija Bley;
2012 - “Once the Roses were in Bloom” Photo and text Aija Bley;
2012 - “Georgia. Talking with the Doves” Photo Aija Bley, text Elvita Ruka;
2011 - "Tajikistan. Wallet With Little Birds ". Photo Aija Bley, text Elvita Ruka;
2011 - "Kyrgyzstan. Disobedient Asian Daughter "Photo Aija Bley, text Elvita Ruka;
2011 - "Uzbekistan. Between Gold and Uranium" Photo Aija Bley, text Elvita Ruka;
2006 - "Hearted Dogs” Photo Aija Bley, text Elvita Ruka.

Films (selection):
Animation:
- “Woman and Wind”, 2011;
- “Island of Doctor D” - nomination for the best animation film and the best animation artist in Film Festival “Big Kristaps”, Latvia, 2005;
- “The Prickly” – 3D animation (nomination as the best debut in Film Festival “Big Kristaps”, Latvia, 2004.

Features:
- “Merry Christmas!” - Special prize in 9th International film festival in Sienna, Italy (short), 2004;
- “Blurp” (“Šļurp”) - St. Anna award in V student movie festival in Moscow (short), 1997;
- “Verner’s Suffering“ (short), 1996.

Documentaries:
- “Olin-bolin” , 2015
- “Restart”, 2014
- “Dances of Elves”, 2009, co-production with NDR/3sat TV (Germany);
- “Mansur’s War Dance”, 2009;
- “Ice –Breaker and His Children” - has received the main prize in Moscow, XI International Eurasian Teleforum, in nomination “The Family of Russia”, 2008;
- “Choice” – has received the main prize in Moscow, XI International Eurasian Teleforum, in nomination “Sport in the name of life”, 2008;
- “Talking on the Way”, 2006;
- “Letter to Embute”, 2006;
- “How I Went to Look for Reindeer”, 2005;
- “Village Close to Heaven”, 2004;
- “The Sounds of the Seasons”, (Lettland – Wildnis zwischen Rusland und Riga) - Special prize in Pushalski’s film festival in Lodza, 2005, Jury award in international documentary movie festival in Bratislav, 2003;
- “A Guard, Stalin and Airplanes”, 1998.

Video Art:
- “Ophelia’s Dream”, 1995;
- “Disturbances in the Count of Time” - Special prize in international video art festival “OSTRANENIE - 95” Bauhaus Dessau, 1995;
GRAND PRIX achiever in Latvian-France video art festival in Riga, 1994.

Prizes (selection):
- Winner of the Riga Photomonth 2016 exhibition “Territories, Borders and Check-Points”.
- Grand Prix in the Eurasian Teleforum in Moscow for the films “Ice –Breaker and His Children” and ”Choice”, 2008);
- Special prize in Pushalski’s film festival in Lodza (2005) “The Sounds of the Seasons”, 2005;
- Special prize for the short film “Best wishes!” in 9th International film festival in Sienna, Italy, 2004;
- Jury award in international documentary movie festival in Bratislav for the film “The Sounds of the Seasons”, 2003);
- Winner of the Grand Prix in Baltic – France film video arts festival for the work “Disturbances in the Count of Time” and rights to create a film ”Yourneau de Voyage” in Paris, 1997.