Bildmuseet, Umeå University, Sweden

Public Self-Portraits

Workshop led by Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad (UK)
November – December 2013
Location: Bolderāja neighbourhood

The resulting images are of chance public encounters during a series of walks over three-days in Bolderāja, a largely Russian-speaking area of Riga that started out as a fishing village and housed factories and a large navy base during Soviet times. The public were requested to remotely photograph themselves and momentarily act out their everyday realities whilst continuing the action or activity in which they were encountered.

Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008, soon after establishing a studio practice that crosses formats and scale, producing images, spaces, furniture, food, games and products. His practice is concerned with exploring the role of photography within design research, and engaging social emergences within domestic and urban public