Fotomenininkė Dovilė Dagienė: svarbu neprarasti kultūrinės atminties likučių

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Fotografė Dovilė Dagienė jau keletą metų keliauja po Lietuvą, meninėmis priemonėmis tyrinėdama Lietuvos žydų kultūrinį palikimą ir nagrinėdama šios temos daugiasluoksniškumą. To rezultatas – trijų dalių meninis projektas „Augalų atmintis“, kuriame kūrėja jungia architektūrinius vaizdus ir augalinių motyvų natiurmortus. Fotografijų serija „Augalų atmintis / Medinės sinagogos“ pateko tarp dešimt 17-ojo fotomeno festivalio KAUNAS PHOTO konkurso KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 finalininkų ir iki spalio 31 d. rodoma lauko parodoje Kauno Žaliakalnio funikulieriaus papėdėje.

„Matydama Dovilės Dagienės parodą, labai ja žaviuosi ir esu laiminga“, – sako KAUNAS PHOTO ambasadorė šiai parodai Bella Shirin. „Kodėl laiminga? Man atrodo, jog žydų tautos gyvenimas, jų istorija ir tradicijos Lietuvoje nebuvo pakankamai parodytos. Dėl to po daugelio metų, ypač jaunoji karta, visai nepažįsta žydų. Dovilės Dagienės paroda yra labai svarbi, nes sinagogos buvo vienos iš svarbiausių žydų vietų, atskleidžiančios jų tradicijas“, – teigia ji.

Dovilės Dagienės (Lietuva) paroda „Augalų atmintis / Medinės sinagogos“. © Karolina Krinickaitė | KAARA Fotografia
Dovilės Dagienės (Lietuva) paroda „Augalų atmintis / Medinės sinagogos“. © Karolina Krinickaitė | KAARA Fotografia

Jūsų projektas „Augalų atmintis / Medinės sinagogos“ paliečia temą, kuri yra labai jautri, apie kurią kalbant stengiamasi išlaikyti tam tikrą saugų atstumą. Turbūt ir negali būti kitaip, kai kalbama apie žydų kultūrą. Kokia buvo šio projekto pradžia?

Ryžtis tokios temos tyrinėjimui nėra paprasta užduotis menininkui. Viena vertus, gal tik meninėmis priemonėmis ir įmanoma nagrinėti, išreikšti ir pateikti šios temos daugiasluoksniškumą, kita vertus – pati tema yra be galo skaudi, sudėtinga ir iš menininko reikalauja tiek pat jautrumo, kiek ir stiprių nervų. Taigi tokios temos tyrinėjime asmeniškai autoriui saugus atstumo nėra, bet svarbu rasti tinkamą meninę kalbą, sukonstruoti pasakojimą, nepaliekant vietos nereikalingam politikavimui.

Man, kaip menininkei, sunku pasakyti kur tiksliai buvo projekto „Augalų atmintis“ ištakos. Ilgą laiką domėjausi Lietuvos žydų kultūriniu palikimu, nuolat sugrįždavau prie minties imtis šios temos meninio tyrimo. Nepaleido jausmas, jog būtina daugiau kalbėti apie žydų kultūrinį indėlį, palikimą ir nepamiršti tragiško šios kultūros žmonių likimo – holokausto. Juk tai šimtai tūkstančių nenugyventų gyvenimų, nutrūkusių pasakojimų… Jų paliktų pėdsakų neįmanoma nepastebėti, nematyti. Nors, kaip jau minėjau, nėra paprasta surasti tinkamą meninę išraišką, kuria būtų įmanoma kalbėti šia sudėtinga ir skaudžia tema, tačiau vieno ar kito laimingo atsitiktinumo dėka ieškojimai mane atvedė prie medinių sinagogų, kur gimė pirmosios vaizdinės metaforos, padėjusios suformuoti tolimesnę kūrybinio projekto eigą.

Kada ir kodėl projekto darbiniame pavadinime, kuris vėliau tapo ir pagrindiniu, atsirado žodžiai  „Augalų atmintis“?

Pavadinimas „Augalų atmintis“ atsirado ne iš karto. Iš pradžių buvau susitelkusi į vienokius meninio pasakojimo aspektus, tačiau taip dirbdama nuolat susidurdavau su gyvo liudijimo poreikiu, kurio, deja, dažnu atveju, jau negalėjau rasti. Pavadinimą padiktavo paieškose nuolat pasikartojantis motyvas – medžiai, augalai, kaip vieninteliai nebylūs vietos liudininkai, kurių šaknys apraizgiusios namų pamatus dar atmena senuosius šių miestų ir miestelių gyventojus. Taigi galima sakyti, jog galiausiai mano kūrybinė užduotis buvo prakalbinti tuos augalus, išgirsti jų pasakojimą.

Kažkurį kartą keliaujant po Lietuvos miestelius ir vėl stabtelėjus prie vienos iš apleistų medinių sinagogų pastebėjau pastato medines lentas padengusią kerpę – uosinę ramaliną. Tai paties laiko meistriškai pagaminta skulptūra – augalas, maitindamasis pastato mediena, sukuria įvairias, unikalias formas. Fotografijoje jas išdidinau, paverčiau savotiškais atminties monumentais.

© Dovilė Dagienė

„Augalų atmintis / Medinės sinagogos“ raktiniai žodžiai yra užmarštis, atmintis, laikas, radinys, atsitiktinumas. Norėčiau pakalbėti apie užmarštį ir atmintį. Pastaruoju metu daugėja projektų, kuriuose menininkai nagrinėja atminties temą, vis garsiau (tiek lokaliu, tiek globaliu mastu) kalbama apie genocido temą, žydų kultūrą. Kaip manote, kodėl?

Kaip menininkė ir projekto „Augalų atmintis“ autorė galiu kalbėti tik apie savo motyvus ir jų priežastis. Mane sudomino tai, jog Lietuvoje, skirtingai nei kitose Europos šalyse, iki šių dienų išlikęs didžiausias medinių sinagogų skaičius. Pasibaigus Antrajam pasauliniam karui ir laikui bėgant, didesnė medinių sinagogų dalis virto neaiškios paskirties sandėliais, pastatais-vaiduokliais, kita dalis buvo pritaikyta gyvenimui, buičiai. Bent kelios iš jų šiuo metu pradėtos arba baigiamos restauruoti. Šis medinių sinagogų likimas tarsi susišaukia ir su žmogaus atmintimi: didesnė praeities dalis virsta miglotais prisiminimais, kita – gyvuojančiu praeities aidu kasdienybėje, trečia – vieša reprezentacija, tuo, ką mes pasakojame kitiems. Didžioji dalis, pamažu virstanti griuvėsiais, išnyksta, mažoji dalis, virtusi pasakojimais, išlieka. Manau, jog ypač svarbu neprarasti šių kultūrinės atminties likučių. Tai yra mūsų kultūros savastis, unikalumas.

Kokia sinagoga jums paliko didžiausią įspūdį ir kodėl?

Visos mano aplankytos medinės sinagogos – unikalūs architektūros paminklai, kurie paliko gilų įspūdį. Bene labiausiai atmintyje įstrigusi – Kurklių medinė sinagoga. Ar dėl jos paprastumo ir išskirtinio tūrio, ar vietos ir peizažo savitumo, medinį pastatą tarsi apgaubusi tokia išskirtine atmosfera, jog negali atitraukti akių, vis norisi sugrįžti, patyrinėti.

Prie projekto dirbate ne vienerius metus. Kokią įtaką jis padarė jums pačiai ir kaip tyrimas pakeitė jus arba jūsų pasaulėžiūrą?

Dirbant prie šio projekto, paraleliai, tuo pat metu teko įgyvendinti ir kitus kūrybinius sumanymus. Pastaraisiais metais mano kūryboje atsikartoja laiko, vietos ir atminties temos. Nors kūryboje keliami fundamentalūs klausimai neišvengiamai veikia ne tik pasaulėjautą, bet keičia ir pačią pasaulėžiūrą, tačiau apibrėžti įtakos poveikį būtų gana sunku. Tokiems apibendrinimams reikia didesnės laiko perspektyvos, gal net viso gyvenimo. O žmogaus gyvenimas, jo išgyvenimai ir patirtys, visa ką mes atsinešame iš savo kultūrinio lauko, vaikystės, savo aplinkos, mokytojų jau pripildo ir asmens vidines gelmes, kurios vėliau veikia kūrybą.

Kokia projekto ateitis?

Projekto ateitis yra meno kuratorių, muziejininkų ir galeristų rankose. Mano, kaip menininkės užduotis – išpildyti užsibrėžtą tikslą – įgyvendinti kūrybinius sumanymus ir baigti pradėtus darbus. Meno projektą „Augalų atmintis“ sudaro trys dalys. Pirmoji jo dalis: „Medinės sinagogos“ jau baigta, tuo tarpu dvi kitos dalys: „Panerių pievos“ ir „Šaknys“ šiuo metu yra kūrinių įgyvendinimo techniniame procese. Bendra darbų apimtis gana didelė, dar laukia nemažai kūrybinių iššūkių, tačiau viliuosi ateitis išpildys visus lūkesčius.

Dovilės Dagienės fotografijos iš serijos „Augalų atmintis / Medinės sinagogos“ rodomos lauko parodoje Kauno Žaliakalnio funikulieriaus papėdėje  iki spalio 31 d. Nuolat atnaujinamą 17-ojo fotomeno festivalio KAUNAS PHOTO programą „Periferinės vizijos“ rasite čia.

Dovilės Dagienės (Lietuva) paroda „Augalų atmintis / Medinės sinagogos“. © Karolina Krinickaitė | KAARA Fotografia
Dovilės Dagienės (Lietuva) paroda „Augalų atmintis / Medinės sinagogos“. © Karolina Krinickaitė | KAARA Fotografia

KAUNAS PHOTO – ilgiausiai be pertraukų rengiamas kasmetis tarptautinis fotomeno festivalis Lietuvoje ir Baltijos šalyse. 2004 m. Mindaugo Kavaliausko įkurtą festivalį organizuoja viešoji įstaiga „Šviesos raštas“. Festivalis yra pasaulinės „Festival of Light“ organizacijos narys. Festivalį KAUNAS PHOTO finansuoja Lietuvos kultūros taryba, kaip vieną iš strateginių tarptautinių meno renginių Lietuvoje.
Rėmėjai: Kauno miesto savivaldybė, EPSON.
Lauko parodų rėmėjas: „Kauno želdiniai“.




KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 Opening Tour

On September 3, 2020, the exhibition opening tour of the 17th KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s competition KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 Finalists took place in Kaunas. At the end of the tour the Winners of the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 Award were announced – the Italian duo of artists Chiara Panariti and Gianfranco Ferraro with their work “Cronostasi”. The evening continued at the Maironis Lithuanian Literature Museum with an artist talk by the photographer Dovile Dagiene-DoDa (Lithuania) and screening of the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 Finalists’ series.

The works of all ten finalists of the 17th KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s competition are displayed at four outdoor and six indoor venues of Kaunas:

  • Chechnya SquareBruno Alencastro (Brazil) “obs-cu-ra”
  • Kalniečiai park (next to Savanorių Ave.) – Guillem Vidal (Spain) “Forgotten playground”
  • Square next to the State Tax Inspectorate (A. Juozapavičiaus Ave. 57) – Lina Margaitytė & Marius Krivičius (Lithuania) “Temporarily Open”
  • At the foot of Žaliakalnis Funicular (V. Putvinskio St. 22) – Dovilė Dagienė (Lithuania) “Plant Memory / Wooden Synagogues”
  • VMU Multifunctional Center for Studies and Research (V. Putvinskio St. 23) – Dillon Marsh (South Africa) “Diamonds Aren’t Forever”
  • Kaunas Cultural Centre of Various Nations (Šv. Gertrūdos St. 58) – Mikhail Lebedev (Russia) “Restaurateurs by chance”
  • Kaunas Public Library of Vincas Kudirka Department of Youth, Art and Music (A. Mapu St. 18) – Hannes Jung (Germany) “The Wolf Is Present”
  • Kaunas City Museum Folk Music Branch (L. Zamenhofo St. 12). – Arne Piepke (Germany) “Anecdotes from an unfamiliar Land”
  • Maironis Lithuanian Literature Museum (Rotušės Sq. 13) – Michał Adamski (Poland) “I dyed my hair again”
  • Kaunas Photography Gallery (Vilniaus St. 2) – Chiara Panariti & Gianfranco Ferraro (Italy) “Cronostasi” – KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 Winner’s exhibition

The exact program of the festival KAUNAS PHOTO 2020 “Peripheral Visions” can be found here.

 




The main prize of the 17th KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s competition goes to the Italian duo for their work “Cronostasi” on the changed notion of time during quarantine

The exhibition opening marathon of the 17th KAUNAS PHOTO festival rippled across the city of Kaunas and culminated with the announcement of the winners of the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 Award. Out of ten photographic series that made to the finals, “Cronostasi”, created by the Italian duo of artists Chiara Panariti and Gianfranco Ferraro, was unambiguously chosen as the winner by both the international jury panel of photography experts and the joint commission of the festival KAUNAS PHOTO and Kaunas Photography Gallery. The winners received the main prize of the competition KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 – a personal exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery during the festival KAUNAS PHOTO and a 2500 EUR monetary prize. The open competition KAUNAS PHOTO STAR has been organized since 2010 by the festival KAUNAS PHOTO aiming to honor the future stars of photography.

In a series of fifty photographs, Chiara Panariti and Gianfranco Ferraro captured the life in Milan during the COVID-19 quarantine. The artists, who captured the everyday moments of the people of Milan in their windows and balconies, describe their project “Cronostasi” as an intimate and universal search for a renewed perception of time. “By observing and looking at people in photos, we were able to compare our own and others’ time, which has become a unit of measurement of what has happened and is still happening in the world,” the authors relate their experience.

The artists, who were unable to participate in the exhibition opening in Lithuania due to the ongoing pandemic, presented their work to the audience at Kaunas Photography Gallery in a pre-recorded video. Stefano M. Lanza, an associate professor at Vytautas Magnus University, born and raised in Milan and living in Kaunas for many years, helped to take a closer look at the work “Cronostasi”. He described the series as “a right approach to a wrong situation”. “It is like sharing the same destiny, the same fate, and how people react to such a complex and unexpected situation, ” Stefano M. Lanza shared his thoughts as he looked at the photos.

10 finalists from 8 countries of the world were running for the grand prize of the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR competition: Dillon Marsh (South Africa) “Diamonds Aren’t Forever”, Lina Margaitytė & Marius Krivičius (Lithuania) “Temporarily Open”, Guillem Vidal (Spain) “Forgotten playground”, Mikhail Lebedev (Russia) “Restaurateurs by chance”, Bruno Alencastro (Brazil) “obs-cu-ra”, Dovilė Dagienė (Lithuania) “Plant Memory / Wooden Synagogues”, Hannes Jung (Germany) “The Wolf Is Present”, Arne Piepke (Germany) “Anecdotes from an unfamiliar Land”, Michał Adamski (Poland) “I dyed my hair again”, Chiara Panariti & Gianfranco Ferraro (Italy) “Cronostasi”. The photographers followed the exhibition opening marathon and the announcement of the winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award virtually – watching the live streaming videos, which can be viewed by everyone interested the official Facebook page of the festival KAUNAS PHOTO.

The works of all finalists of the 17th KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s competition are displayed at four outdoor venues of Kaunas: Chechnya Square, Kalniečiai Park, the square next to State Tax Inspectorate in Žemieji Šančiai and at the foot of Žaliakalnis funicular; and at six indoor venues: Kaunas Photography Gallery, Kaunas City Museum Folk Music Branch, Kaunas Public Library of Vincas Kudirka – Department of Youth, Art and Music, Kaunas Cultural Centre of Various Nations, Maironis Lithuanian Literature Museum, VMU Multifunctional Center for Studies and Research. The program of the festival can be found here. Further news and updates on the festival program will be announced.

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest-running annual photographic festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. Founded by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas in 2004, it’s been organized by the NGO “Šviesos raštas”. KAUNAS PHOTO is a member of the “Festival of Light” organization. The festival KAUNAS PHOTO is funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture as one of the strategic international art events in Lithuania.
Sponsors: Kaunas city municipalityEPSON,
Informational sponsor: LRT
Partners: Kaunas Photography GalleryKaunas City MuseumKaunas Municipal Vincas Kudirka Public LibraryKaunas Cultural Centre of Various NationsMaironis Lithuanian Literature MuseumVytautas Magnus University.
Sponsor of the outdoor exhibitions: SP “Kauno želdiniai”




On September 3 – exhibition opening marathon of KAUNAS PHOTO festival

On Thursday, September 3, 2020, the works of the Finalists of the XVII KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s jubilee 10th edition of the photography contest KAUNAS PHOTO STAR on the topic “Peripheral Visions” will spread across galleries, museums and outdoor venues of Kaunas city. The opening marathon will wind all over Kaunas: the route will start at 1 p.m. in Chechnya Square, then continue in Kalniečiai Park (near Savanorių Ave.), drop in to Žemieji Šančiai district, visit the Center of the city, and, making its way through the Old Town, will finish at 6 p.m. at the door of Kaunas Photography Gallery, where the Winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 Award will be announced. The evening will continue at Maironis Lithuanian Literature Museum with the screening of the Finalists’ series and an artist talk by the photographer Dovilė Dagienė-DoDa. The opening events are free of charge and the exact timetable is at the end of this announcement. The open competition KAUNAS PHOTO STAR has been organized since 2010 by the festival KAUNAS PHOTO aiming to honor the future stars of photography.

Due to the pandemic, the festival had to find solutions and adjust the format of the exhibition openings. Every year photographers from foreign countries come to Lithuania, participate in the openings of the exhibitions and present their works directly, but this year they will speak to the audience through the screen. Many of the opening events, presenting the works by foreign photographers, will feature pre-recorded videos in which the authors will talk about their work. The artists and spectators themselves, who cannot come to the opening events, will not miss them either – the KAUNAS PHOTO festival will broadcast the exhibitions live on the festival’s Facebook page.

© Arne Piepke (Vokietija) „Nepažįstamos šalies anekdotai“
© Arne Piepke (Germany) “Anecdotes from an unfamiliar Land”

The topic “Peripheral Visions” has drawn the interest of Lithuanian photographers

The 17th edition of KAUNAS PHOTO festival was planned to celebrate the periphery, the province, the outback, l’arrière-pays. The COVID-19 pandemic and the fight against it imposed new rules and conceptions, and KAUNAS PHOTO festival invited photographers to present works to KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 competition on the topic “Peripheral Visions”, expecting works aiming to look at what is on the margin, just across the window or the border that we can or cannot cross, to discover the spaces, places, lands, areas that usually were in the periphery of the vision. In 2020, the festival turns the spotlight on what became important, what was less so, what was taken for granted or simply undermined until now.

The traditional, already the 10th KAUNAS PHOTO STAR contest has attracted the interest of photographers from all over the world: 170 series by photographers from 38 countries were submitted to the open call. The organizers were pleased by the fact that Lithuanian photographers, who submitted 19 series to the competition, were among the most active participants. This was the first time in a decade of the history of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR, that Lithuanian photographers have formed the largest group of participants. Of these, two Lithuanian series made their way to the finals. The finalists were selected by a nine-member international jury panel of photography experts from Lithuania, Poland, Denmark, France, Italy and New Zealand.

© Bruno Alencastro (Brazilija) „obs-cu-ra“
© Bruno Alencastro (Brazil) “obs-cu-ra”

© Chiara Panariti ir Gianfranco Ferraro (Italija) „Cronostasi“
© Chiara Panariti & Gianfranco Ferraro (Italy) “Cronostasi”

© Dillon Marsh (Pietų Afrika) „Deimantai nėra amžini“
© Dillon Marsh (South Africa) “Diamonds Aren’t Forever”

Instead of eight – top 10

Although the jury of the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR contest planned to select eight finalists, due to the very dense vicinity of the shortlist, the commission decided to expand the list to top ten. The ten KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award 2020 Finalists are:

  • Chiara Panariti & Gianfranco Ferraro (Italy) Cronostasi
  • Michał Adamski (Poland) I dyed my hair again
  • Arne Piepke (Germany) Anecdotes from an unfamiliar Land
  • Hannes Jung (Germany) The Wolf Is Present
  • Dovilė Dagienė (Lithuania) Plant Memory / Wooden Synagogues
  • Bruno Alencastro (Brazil) obs-cu-ra
  • Mikhail Lebedev (Russia) Restaurateurs by chance
  • Guillem Vidal (Spain) Forgotten playground
  • Lina Margaitytė & Marius Krivičius (Lithuania) Temporarily Open
  • Dillon Marsh (South Africa) Diamonds Aren’t Forever

The photographers selected to the finals are running for the grand prize of the competition – a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery during the festival KAUNAS PHOTO and a cash prize of 2500 EUR. The works of all finalists will be displayed in a joint exhibition in various galleries, museums and open air venues of Kaunas city.

© Dovilė Dagienė (Lietuva) „Augalų atmintis / Medinės sinagogos“
© Dovilė Dagienė (Lithuania) “Plant Memory / Wooden Synagogues”

© Guillem Vidal ( Ispanija) „Pamirštos žaidimų aikštelės“
© Guillem Vidal (Spain) “Forgotten playground”

The audience is invited to join any part of the opening marathon

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalists’ exhibition openings will take place in Kaunas on September 3, 2020, and  the Winner will be disclosed at the end of the day at the door of Kaunas Photography Gallery. Spectators who are unable to attend the exhibition openings during the whole afternoon are invited to participate in any part of the route. The opening events are free of charge.

13:00 Chechnya Square (P. Lukšio St.). 
13:40
Kalniečiai park (next to Savanorių Ave.)
14:30
Square next to the State Tax Inspectorate (A. Juozapavičiaus Ave. 57). 
15:10
At the foot of Žaliakalnis Funicular (V. Putvinskio St. 22). 
15.30
VMU Multifunctional Center for Studies and Research (V. Putvinskio St. 23).
16:10 Kaunas Cultural Centre of Various Nations (Šv. Gertrūdos St. 58).
16:30 Kaunas Public Library of Vincas Kudirka – Department of Youth, Art and Music (A. Mapu St. 18).
17:00 Kaunas City Museum Folk Music Branch (L. Zamenhofo St. 12).
17:30 Maironis Lithuanian Literature Museum (Rotušės Sq. 13).
18:00 Kaunas Photography Gallery (Vilniaus St. 2) – announcement of the Winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020.
20:00
Screening of the Finalists’ series and an artist talk by the photographer Dovilė Dagienė-DoDa at the Maironis Lithuanian Literature Museum (Rotušės Sq. 13).

ℹ️ An important reminder: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to wear mandatory protective equipment and keep safe distances during the events. The events will be photographed / filmed for publicity purposes.

© Hannes Jung (Vokietija) „Vilkas čia“
© Hannes Jung (Germany) “The Wolf Is Present”

© Lina Margaitytė ir Marius Krivičius (Lietuva) „Laikinai atidaryta“
© Lina Margaitytė & Marius Krivičius (Lithuania) “Temporarily Open”

© Michał Adamski (Lenkija) „Vėl dažiausi plaukus“
© Michał Adamski (Poland) “I dyed my hair again”

© Mikhail Lebedev (Rusija) „Restoranai netyčia“
© Mikhail Lebedev (Russia) “Restaurateurs by chance”

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest-running annual photographic festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. Founded by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas in 2004, it’s been organized by the NGO “Šviesos raštas”. KAUNAS PHOTO is a member of the “Festival of Light” organization. The festival KAUNAS PHOTO is funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture as one of the strategic international art events in Lithuania.
Sponsors: Kaunas city municipality, EPSON,
Informational sponsor: LRT
Partners: Kaunas Photography Gallery, Kaunas City Museum, Kaunas Municipal Vincas Kudirka Public Library, Kaunas Cultural Centre of Various Nations, Maironis Lithuanian Literature Museum, Vytautas Magnus University.
Sponsor of the outdoor exhibitions: SP “Kauno želdiniai”

www.KaunasPhoto.com




The 10 Finalists of the 10th KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award revealed!

In 2020, the 17th edition of KAUNAS PHOTO festival was planned to celebrate the periphery, the province, the outback, l’arrière-pays. The COVID-19 pandemic and the fight against it imposed new rules and conceptions, and KAUNAS PHOTO festival invited photographers to present works to KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 competition on the topic “Peripheral Visions”, aiming to look at what is on the margin, just across the window or the border that we can or cannot cross, to discover the spaces, places, lands, areas that usually were in the periphery of the vision. In 2020, the festival invites to rethink what became important, what was less so, what was taken for granted or simply undermined until now.

© Bruno Alencastro (Brazil) "Obs-cu-ra"
© Bruno Alencastro (Brazil) “Obs-cu-ra”

The traditional, already the 10th KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 contest has attracted the interest of photographers both in Lithuania and around the world. 170 series by photographers from 38 countries were submitted to the contest. There were works presented from remote countries – Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Brazil, Chile. The most active participants in the contest were photographers from Poland (11 series), Russia (12 series), United Kingdom (13 series), USA (16 series), Germany and Italy (18 series each), and what is most gratifying to the organizers – Lithuania photographers, who submitted 19 series to the contest. This is the first time in a decade of the history of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR, that Lithuanian photographers have formed the largest group of participants.

© Dovilė Dagienė (Lithuania) "Plant Memory / Wooden Synagogues"
© Dovilė Dagienė (Lithuania) “Plant Memory / Wooden Synagogues”

The grand prize of the contest is a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery during KAUNAS PHOTO festival and a monetary prize of 2500 EUR. Exhibitions of all other finalists will be displayed in galleries, museums and open-air spaces of Kaunas.

From July 30 to August 1 all entries were reviewed and evaluated by an international Jury panel of photography experts:

  • Fred Boucher – Photaumnales festival and Usimage Biennale director (Clermont/Beauvais, France)
  • Enrico Stefanelli – PhotoLux festival director (Lucca, Italy)
  • Gintaras Česonis – Kaunas Photography Gallery leader (Lithuania)
  • Kristine Kern – Fotografisk Center leader (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Kristina Juraitė – KAUNAS PHOTO co-founder, professor at Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania)
  • Julia Durkin – Auckland Festival of Photography director (New Zealand)
  • Donatas Stankevičius – KAUNAS PHOTO and Kaunas Photography Gallery curator (Lithuania)
  • Adrian Wykrota – Pix.House gallery curator (Poznan, Poland)
  • Mindaugas Kavaliauskas – KAUNAS PHOTO founder, curator (Lithuania)

© Michal Adamski (Poland) "I dyed my hair again"
© Michał Adamski (Poland) “I dyed my hair again”

© Guillem Vidal (Spain) "Forgotten playground"
© Guillem Vidal (Spain) “Forgotten playground”

Following the experts’ votes on all works submitted to the competition in the LensCulture system, on August 4, 2020, the joint commission of the festival KAUNAS PHOTO and Kaunas Photography Gallery gathered for a virtual meeting, the purpose of which was to approve the list of the finalists. Although the plan was to select eight finalists, due to the very dense vicinity of the shortlist (7-12th places were shared by five series, scoring 29 expert points each), the commission decided to expand the list of finalists to top ten. The three finalists were selected on the basis of the points awarded by the members of the commission in the voting system.

The ten KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award 2020 Finalists are:

  • Chiara Panariti & Gianfranco Ferraro (Italy) Cronostasi
  • Michał Adamski (Poland) I dyed my hair again
  • Arne Piepke (Germany) Anecdotes from an unfamiliar Land
  • Hannes Jung (Germany) The Wolf Is Present
  • Dovilė Dagienė (Lithuania) Plant Memory / Wooden Synagogues
  • Bruno Alencastro (Brazil) Obs-Cu-Ra
  • Михаил Лебедев (Russia) Restaurateurs by chance
  • Guillem Vidal (Spain) Forgotten playground
  • Lina Margaitytė & Marius Krivičius (Lithuania) Temporarily Open
  • Dillon Marsh (South Africa) Diamonds Aren’t Forever

© Mikhail Lebedev (Russia) "Restaurateurs by chance"
© Mikhail Lebedev (Russia) “Restaurateurs by chance”

© Dillon Marsh (South Africa) "Diamonds Aren't Forever"
© Dillon Marsh (South Africa) “Diamonds Aren’t Forever”

At the end of the week, this commission will meet again, but with a different purpose – to elect the Winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020. This will be done by analyzing the photographic series of the finalists presented in wide selections and high-resolution files.

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalists’ exhibition openings will take place in Kaunas on September 3, 2020. The winner will be announced on the same day, September 3, when the opening series of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalists’ exhibition will culminate at the door of Kaunas Photography Gallery.

© Gianfranco Ferraro & Chiara Panariti (Italy) "CRONOSTASI". Lockdown in Milan - Italy, 2020
© Chiara Panariti & Gianfranco Ferraro (Italy) “Cronostasi”

© Lina Margaitytė, Marius Krivičius (Lithuania) "Temporarily Open"
© Lina Margaitytė & Marius Krivičius (Lithuania) “Temporarily Open”

© Hannes Jung (Germany) "The Wolf Is Present"
© Hannes Jung (Germany) “The Wolf Is Present”

© Arne Piepke (Germany) "Anecdotes from an unfamiliar Land"
© Arne Piepke (Germany) “Anecdotes from an unfamiliar Land”

Founded in 2004 by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, KAUNAS PHOTO aims to be the stage for the future stars of photography. Being a part of Photo Festival Union and Festivals Of Light Organization, KAUNAS PHOTO festival is the longest-running photographic festival in the Baltic states is a platform for dialogue around contemporary photographic creation between North and South, East and West.

NGO „Šviesos raštas“ is the organizer of KAUNAS PHOTO festival.

KAUNAS PHOTO 2020 main funder is Lithuanian Council for Culture.
Sponsors: Kaunas Municipality, EPSON.
KAUNAS PHOTO STAR partners: Kaunas Photography Gallery, LensCulture.

www.KaunasPhoto.com