KAUNAS PHOTO 2019. Open lecture “The Internet as a place”

On October 2, 2019, Vytautas Magnus University Multifunctional Center for Studies and Research (V. Putvinskio St. 23-106) hosted an open lecture “The Internet as a place” by the photographer Heinrich Holtgreve (Germany), in the presence of the cybersecurity expert Dr. Ignas Kalpokas. The lecture was moderated by the professor Kristina Juraitė, Head of the VMU department of Public Communication. The free event was open to everyone and was held in English language.

The thematic program “Digital-Virtual-Real” of the 16th festival KAUNAS PHOTO explored the impact of digital technologies on lifestyle. The lecture at Vytautas Magnus University was one of the events of KAUNAS PHOTO festival aimed to raise a public debate on relevant current affairs.

 




KAUNAS PHOTO 2019. Sidewalk talk: Intellectuals’ Roads in Lithuania

On September 17, 2019, KAUNAS PHOTO festival invited everyone to “Sidewalk talk: Intellectuals’ Roads in Lithuania” – the meeting with the authors Viktoras Bachmetjevas and Vilius Dranseika next to their outdoor exhibition at Emmanuel Levinas square (V. Putvinskio St. 22, at the foot of Žaliakalnis Funicular).

“Intellectuals’ roads in Lithuania” by V. Bachmetjevas and V. Dranseika is a collection of images from google maps of the roads and streets baptized by the names of philosophers. This project emerged as a goal and an opportunity to see what is the role of an intellectual in a society.

Viktoras Bachmetjevas is a philosopher, associate professor of VMU Department of Philosophy. Bachmetjevas is engaged in the research of modern ethics, he is particularly interested in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and Søren Kierkegaard. Bachmetjevas is one of the conceivers and initiators of the idea to name the area neighboring Žaliakalnis funicular after Emmanuel Levinas. In 2015, it was officiallynamed E. Levinas square.

Vilius Dranseika, who contributed to the implementation of the exhibition, is a philosopher engaged in the study and promotion of moral psychology and experimental philosophy, lecturer at Vilnius University.

KAUNAS PHOTO 2019 outdoor exhibitions are on display until October 31.




KAUNAS PHOTO 2019. Maciek Jazwiecki’s “PolandTech” – how innovations and technology affect our everyday life

On September 11, 2019, Vytautas Magnus University Multifunctional Center for Studies and Research (V. Putvinskio St. 23, Kaunas) hosted the opening of the exhibtion “PolandTech” by the Polish photographer Maciek Jazwiecki, followed by an open lecture “Communicating Tech Communities”. These events were a part of the festival’s thematic program “Digital-Virtual-Real”, which explores the impact of digital technologies on lifestyle.

Maciek Jazwiecki’s project “PolandTech” is a photographic story about Poland, the country of Europe, in which the technological boom is visible more than anywhere else. According to the author, Poland is becoming a major European tech startup hub. Photographer tries to show places, social groups and people who develop modern technology, create it, popularize it or use it as a work tool. Through a multithreaded perspective M. Jazwiecki documents the most active group of Poles who are not afraid to use modern solutions and ideas. The story consists of many threads, from lesson of programming for children, through 3d printing and holograms technology to virtual reality, gamers’ world and building prototypes.

After the opening of the exhibition, an open lecture “Communicating Tech Communities” took place in the presence of the photographer in an auditorium of the same Center. The author presented his work and shared his thoughts on the modern world and the interaction of society with technology. The lecture was moderated by the professor Kristina Juraitė, Head of the VMU department of Public Communication.

 




Aštrus JAV fotomenininkės žvilgsnis į patyčių fenomeną: kūrybą skatina įžeidimai ir priekabės

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Pasaulio sveikatos organizacijos atliktas tyrimas rodo, kad Lietuvoje patyčių mastas – itin aukštas, nuo jų nukenčia kas ketvirtas vaikas. Su šia problema susiduriama visame pasaulyje, tad gyvai reaguodama į šį fenomeną ir skatindama apie jį diskutuoti, JAV fotomenininkė Haley Morris-Cafiero sukūrė paveikias ir provokuojančias fotografijų serijas, kurias pamatyti gali ir Kauno gyventojai bei miesto svečiai. Jos fotografijų serija „Patyčių sakykla“ rodoma 16-ojo fotomeno festivalio „Kaunas Photo“ programoje, o pati pasaulinio garso menininkė Haley Morris-Cafiero į Lietuvą atvyksta jau šią savaitę – spalio 8 dieną ji lankysis Kaune.

Savo fotografavimu tyrinėjanti atspindžio vyksmą, autorė save pristato kaip atlikėją, menininkę, provokatorę ir žiūrovę. Jos darbai plačiai eksponuojami autorinėse ir grupinėse parodose visame pasaulyje, spausdinami įvairiuose laikraščiuose, žurnaluose ir interneto portaluose, tarp kurių – garsūs leidiniai „Le Monde“, „New York Magazine“ ir „Salon“.

Žurnalas „Vogue Italia“ apibūdina Haley Morris-Cafiero kaip jauną, drąsią menininkę, paviešinančią fundamentalią socialinę problematiką, kurios sprendimas yra neatidėliotinas ir būtinas.

© Haley Morris-Cafiero. “Twirl Girl”

Naujausias kūrinys gimė iš patyčių

Naujausi ir šių metų festivalyje „Kaunas Photo“ pristatomi fotomenininkės H. Morris-Cafiero kūriniai – fotografijų serija, pavadinta „Patyčių sakykla“, kurioje autorė tyrinėja socialinį internetinių patyčių fenomeną.

Kaip pasakoja pati menininkė, pastarosios serijos atsiradimą išprovokavo nemalonios reakcijos, kuriomis internautai užbombardavo anksčiau kurtą ir pasaulinio pripažinimo sulaukusį menininkės projektą.

Prieš keletą metų H. Morris-Cafiero pristatė darbą „Palaukit, stebėtojai“, kuriame fotomenininkė paviešino kūno gėdinimo (angl. body-shaming) elgsenos įkalčius, užfiksuodama ją stebinčių praeivių žvilgsnius ir reakcijas. Šį kūrinį galėjo apžiūrėti ir Lietuvos gyventojai – praėjusiais metais darbas buvo eksponuotas „Kaunas Photo 2018“ festivalio kolektyvinėje parodoje „Komforto zona“.

Anot autorės, apkūnumas yra viena iš nedaugelio, jei ne vienintelė, sveikatos būklių, kai priimtina atvirai žeminti ir kritikuoti žmones. Kai menininkės serija „Palaukit, stebėtojai“ 2013 metais žaibiškai išplito internete, pasipylė žeidžiantys komentarai. Būtent jie inspiravo H. Morris-Cafiero sukurti naują projektą.

Užuot pykusi ar ėmusi graužtis, fotomenininkė surinko ją užgauliojančius komentarus, surado viešai prieinamas komentatorių nuotraukas iš jų socialinių tinklų profilių ir sukūrė naują seriją, parodijuodama interneto priekabiautojus.

„Šis darbas, tyrinėjantis internetinių patyčių fenomeną, yra ir socialinių tinklų produktas, ir blogiausių jo impulsų parodija”, – taip seriją „Patyčių sakykla“ apibūdina „The New York Times“.

Parodos, keliančios diskusijas

H. Morris-Cafiero darbai Kaune demonstruojami Čečėnijos aikštėje – lauko parodoje po atviru dangumi. Būtent šioje vietoje 2014 m. prasidėjo festivalio „Kaunas Photo“ lauko parodų tradicija, siekiant paskatinti Kauno gyventojus ir lankytojus domėtis kultūriniu gyvenimu.

Pasak festivalio vadovo Mindaugo Kavaliausko, itin svarbu, kad fotografijos būtų keliančios diskusijas, ugdančios sąmoningumą – tai vienas iš renginio „Kaunas Photo“ tikslų. Kasmet kviesdamas į Lietuvą fotografus ir menininkus iš viso pasaulio, festivalis pristato vis kitokią idėją.

16-ojo festivalio tema „Skaitmeninis-Virtualus-Tikras“ kalba aktualioms suskaitmenintos visuomenės temomis. Fotografijų ekspozicija Čečėnijos aikštėje prabyla apie nematomą grėsmę jaunimui – patyčias skaitmeninėje erdvėje, kviečia polemizuoti šia tema, atsigręžti į save.

Haley Morris-Cafiero paroda Čečėnijos aikštėje. Karolinos Krinickaitės nuotr.

Savęs ir kitų atspindžiai – aplankant maršrutą

Šiųmetinio festivalio „Kaunas Photo“ organizatoriai tyrinėti patyčių temą ir įvertinti jos atspindžius fotomenininkų kūryboje kviečia keliaujant specialiuoju maršrutu  ir aplankant lauko parodas.

Spalio 8 dieną lauko parodų maršrutas prasidės 17 val. Kalniečių parke (prie Savanorių pr.), kur festivalio vadovas Mindaugas Kavaliauskas aptars ten rodomą Calumo Stamperio (Didžioji Britanija) darbą „Žvilgsnis pro veidrodį“.

Nuo 17.30 val. festivalio lankytojai kviečiami atvykti į susitikimą su fotomenininke Haley Morris-Cafiero, vyksiantį Čečėnijos aikštėje, kur eksponuojama didelio populiarumo pasaulyje sulaukusi jos fotografijų serija „Patyčių sakykla“.

Iš ten veiksmas persikels į šalia esantį Kauno Kudirkos viešosios bibliotekos Parko padalinį, kur 18 val. fotomenininkė plačiau pristatys savo kūrybą renginyje „Fotografinė kūryba – atsakas į patyčias“.

Šiais metais festivalio parodos viešose Kauno miesto erdvėse taip pat eksponuojamos Kalniečių parke, Žaliakalnio funikulieriaus papėdėje, skverelyje prie Valstybinės mokesčių inspekcijos A. Juozapavičiaus prospekte, Lietuvos Zoologijos sode, o nuo 2018 m. sėkmingai veikia lauko paroda VDU Botanikos sode. Jas aplankyti galima iki spalio 31 d.

Kas? Turas po lauko parodą su festivalio vadovu Mindaugu Kavaliausku: Calum Stamper (Didžioji Britanija) „Žvilgsnis pro veidrodį“
Kur? Kalniečių parke (prie Savanorių pr.)
Kada? Spalio 8 d. antradienį, 17 val.

Kas? „Šaligatvio pokalbiai: Patyčių sakykla“. Susitikimas su autore Haley Morris-Cafiero (JAV) prie lauko parodos.
Kur?Čečėnijos aikštėje (P. Lukšio g.)
Kada? Spalio 8 d., antradienį, 17.30 val.

Kas? „Fotografinė kūryba – atsakas į patyčias“. Kūrybos pristatymas (Artist talk) su autore Haley Morris-Cafiero (JAV).
Kur? Kauno V. Kudirkos viešosios bibliotekos Parko padalinyje (P. Lukšio g. 60)
Kada? Spalio 8 d., antradienį, 18 val.

Renginiai atviri visiems ir vyks anglų kalba su vertimu į lietuvių kalbą.

KAUNAS PHOTO – ilgiausiai be pertraukų rengiamas kasmetis tarptautinis fotomeno festivalis Lietuvoje ir Baltijos šalyse. Nuo 2004 m. festivalį organizuoja viešoji įstaiga „Šviesos raštas“. Festivalis laikomas vienu svarbiausių tęstinių meno renginių Lietuvoje. Festivalis yra pasaulinės „Festivals of Light“ organizacijos narys. Festivalio įkūrėjas ir vadovas Mindaugas Kavaliauskas.




Real. Portfolio reviews 2019

On Friday, September 6, 2019, KAUNAS PHOTO 2019 festival held portfolio reviews – one of the most effective ways of providing visibility for contemporary photographers. KAUNAS PHOTO portfolio reviews on a global scale are small, but higly productive events, aiming to provide quality meetings for photographers with qualified experts in practice, like curators, museologists, representatives of galleries and festivals, who are in position of decision-making and disseminating the creative work of the participants. On the other hand, it aims to create the possibility for the team of experts to get aquainted with the valuable work of talented photography artists.

The international team of portfolio reviewers of the 16th edition of the festival:

  • Angela Sheard (Bradford, UK) – Impressions Gallery – Associate Curator
  • Sam Mercer (London, UK) – The Photographers’ Gallery – Producer of the digital programme
  • Grzegorz Jarmocewicz (Bialystok, Poland) – Bialystok INTERPHOTO – Art Director
  • Mindaugas Kavaliauskas (Kaunas, Lithuania) – Kaunas Photo Festival – Director
  • Gintarė Krasuckaitė (Kaunas, Lithuania) – Kaunas Photography Gallery – Curator
  • Dr. Rūta Kačkutė (Vilnius, Lithuania) – National Museum of Lithuania – Director
  • Deima Žuklytė-Gasperaitienė (Vilnius, Lithuania) – MO Museum – Curator
  • Brigita Sinickienė (Vilnius, Lithuania) – MO Museum – Project Manager
  • Valentinas Juraitis (Vilnius, Lithuania) – “Vyzdys” Publisher, Curator

 




“KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Finalists” exhibition opening day

On Friday, September 6, 2019, “KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Finalists” exhibition parts were opened, one after another, across five venues in Kaunas old town. The authors who attended the opening talked about the ideas and creative processes of their exhibited works.

Following the votes of an international Jury panel, 8 Finalists have been selected from the Open Call of the 16th edition of KAUNAS PHOTO festival:

Kai Löffelbein (Germany) “Ctrl-X, a topography of e-waste”
Maxime Matthys (Belgium) “2091 : The Ministry of Privacy” – The Winner
Christopher Sims (USA) “Theater of War: The Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan”
Samuel W. J. Fordham (UK) “C-R92/BY”
Marko Zink (Austria) “Mauthausen – The Eradication of Memories”
John Angerson (UK) “On this Day”
Agata Wieczorek (Poland) “Simulation Centers”
Paulo Simão (Portugal) “Goodbye Pyongyang”

The exhibition is on display until Ocotber 6 at Kaunas Cultural Centre of Various Nations, Kaunas Public Library of Vincas Kudirka – Department of Youth, Art and Music, Kaunas City Museum Folk Music Branch, gallery “Meno parkas” and Kaunas Photography Gallery (KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Winner’s exhibition).

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest-running annual international photo art festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. Since its first edition in 2004, it’s been organized by the NGO “Šviesos raštas” and is regarded to be one of the most important continuous art events in the country. KAUNAS PHOTO is a member of “Festivals of Light” organization. The founder and the director of the festival is Mindaugas Kavaliauskas.




KAUNAS PHOTO 2019 “Digital-Virtual-Real” opening day

On September 5, 2019, KAUNAS PHOTO festival kicked-off with “Digital-Virtual-Real” thematic exhibition openings.

At 5 pm the exhibition was opened in the Museum of Lithuanian Education History. The works of 2 artists are showcased in the Museum:

Diogo Maya (Portugal) “Signs of Life”
Henrik Kam (USA) “Mandalas for Planet Earth”

At 6 pm the exhibition was inaugurated at M. Žilinskas Art Gallery. The Gallery hosts the largest part of the program, featuring 10 international photographers and artists:

Hannes Wiedemann (Germany) “Grinders”
Irina Popova (Russia / The Netherlands) “The Incomplete Princess Book”
Michele Borzoni (Italy) “Workforce. Call Centers + Logistic Centers”
Travis Hodges (UK) “The Quantified Self”
Larson & Shindelman (USA) “Geolocation: #Gratitude”
Heinrich Holtgreve (Germany) “Internet as a place”
Damien Berney (Switzerland) “Scrolldown”
Dávid Biró (Hungary) “Front End”
Elizabeth Claffey (USA) “The Ordinary and the Domestic”
Nigel Dickinson (UK) “China Big Brother”

The day culminated with KAUNAS PHOTO NIGHT at 10 pm in the summer terrace “Laukas”, where projections of photographs were shown and artists participating in the festival talked about their work. 8 international artists visiting the festival presented their works: Agata Wieczorek (Poland), Paulo Simão (Portugal), Kai Löffelbein (Germany), Marko Zink (Austria), Maxime Matthys (Belgium), John Angerson (UK), Irina Popova (Russia / The Netherlands), Diogo Maia (Portugal).

The night concluded with an intriguing live-coding performance. Guoda Kaminskė and Andrius Palivonas shared their musical experiments and hypnotizing visuals accompanied by an electric guitar.

The festival’s opening events resumed the following day with portfolio reviews and “KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Finalists” exhibition openings across 5 venues in Kaunas old town. The route finished at Kaunas photography gallery with the announcement of the Winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award.

KAUNAS PHOTO’19 exhibitions can be visited from September 5 to October 6. Outdoor exhibitions are on display until October 31.




KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Winner – Maxime Matthys

On September 6, 2019, during the inauguration days of the 16th KAUNAS PHOTO festival, five parts of the exhibition “KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Finalists” were opened one after another in Kaunas old town. The exhibition openings were attended by the authors who presented their exhibited works and talked about their ideas and creative processes. At the end of the itinerary, the Winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award was disclosed – Belgian visual artist and photographer Maxime Matthys. His series  “2091: The Ministry of Privacy” is exploring the mechanism of facial recognition technologies used by the Chinese government to monitor and oppress the inhabitants of the Xinjiang region. This series reveals the intrusiveness and the danger of this invisible technology, while documenting and paying tribute to what remains of these communities’ vibrant culture, before its planned disappearance. The resulting photographs blur the borders between reality and virtuality, but also embody, in the same picture, a glimpse of the future and the ruins of the past. The Winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR competition received a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery and a 2500 EUR monetary prize.

Maxime Matthys. © Karolina Krinickaite

During the opening of the exhibition, Maxime Matthys expressed gratitude to the festival for the opportunity to present this little-discussed topic, shared his ideas behind the project “2091: The Ministry of Privacy” and related some of his experiences while developing it. While traveling and photographing in China, the author said that he was constantly tracked, arrested a total of 7 times, and his photographs were being inspected.

According to the author, for the past 2 years, China has been conducting a massive crackdown against Muslim-minority communities in its vast western Xinjiang region. Some of the most advanced surveillance technologies, such as facial recognition and DNA collection are being massively deployed in the region so as to monitor every aspect of the inhabitant’s life.

M. Matthys travelled to Kashgar, one of the last bastions of the Uyghur culture in Xinjiang, and probably the most monitored city of the region, to try to document the way the government turned technologies into tools of repression.

Prior to his departure, he developed a facial recognition software in collaboration with William Attache, a French IT engineer. The software they developed is similar to that used by the Chinese government, particularly in the Xinjiang region to track its inhabitants. They programmed the software to recognize the people in a photograph and to directly draw the biometric information about the faces of the people that appear in the photographs, exactly as it is happening inside the surveillance cameras. Depending on the technology, some are displayed using red dots — called facial landmarks — others using Delaunay diagrams, an efficient alternative for mapping faces.

M. Matthys then began to photograph the daily lives of the Uyghurs and the other minorities under threat, without having to focus on the surveillance system itself. Back in his hotel room, he uploaded the pictures into the facial recognition software, which automatically recognized and drew the respective biometric facial information of the citizens in the photographs.

Thanks to the sponsor Hikvision.lt, the exhibition “2091: The Ministry of Privacy” in Kaunas Photography Gallery features an installation similar to the surveillance system used by the Chinese government, and live footage can be seen on a big screen set up right among the photographs.

Maxime Matthys (Belgium) – the Winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Award. © Karolina Krinickaite

Maxime Matthys was born in 1995 in Brussels, Belgium. He studied photography at the Toulouse school of photography and design in 2015 and photojournalism in Paris in 2017. After working for the press industry, he realized he was more interested in including the viewer into a thinking process and allowing him to recreate his own story. His work focuses on the way technologies are affecting our daily life and are shifting our perception of reality. While exploring new forms of narrative in photography, he keeps documenting the important issues that are shaping our future. Winner of international awards, his work has notably been showcased at the European House of Photography (Paris), Camando Design school (Paris), at international festivals in Canada, Indonesia and France and published in Le Monde, Médiapart, Libération, Fisheye Magazine, amongst others.

The finalists of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 competition (from left to right): Paulo Simão, John Angerson, Samuel W. J. Fordham, Maxime Matthys (the Winner), Mindaugas Kavaliauskas (the founder and the director of the festival), Agata Wieczorek, Kai Löffelbein, Gintarė Krasuckaitė (the curator of Kaunas Photography Gallery). © Karolina Krinickaite

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR tradition started in 2010, awarding the best participant of portfolio reviews with a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery and paying respect to a potential future star of photography. In 2018 KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award gained a new tradition of staging an exhibition of all Finalists, after selecting them by the votes of an international Jury panel. The works of the highest-ranked finalists are exhibited in a joint exhibition, and the winner – at Kaunas Photography Gallery. The winner also receives a cash prize.

Following the votes of an international Jury panel, 8 Finalists have been selected in KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 competition. Although KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award competition is open to a variety of themes, styles, genres and approaches to photography, most of the entries featured this year’s festival theme “Digital-Virtual-Real”. The prevailing documentary photography genre invites to focus on processes, consequences of digitized lifestyle, data flow, communication, cyber-crime and -security, machine learning, surveillance, automation, dangers and fragile borders.

The works of the 8 finalists can be visited until October 6 in the exhibition “KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Finalists” distributed across five venues in Kaunas old town:

  • Kaunas Photography Gallery (Vilniaus St. 2) – Maxime Matthys (Belgium) “2091 : The Ministry of Privacy”;
  • Gallery „Meno Parkas“ (Rotušės Sq. 27) – Kai Löffelbein (Germany) “Ctrl-X, a topography of e-waste”, Agata Wieczorek (Poland) “Simulation Centers” and Samuel W. J. Fordham (UK) “C-R92/BY”;
  • Kaunas City Museum Folk Music Branch (L. Zamenhofo St. 12) – John Angerson (UK) “On this Day” and Paulo Simão (Portugal) “Goodbye Pyongyang”;
  • Kaunas Public Library of Vincas Kudirka – Department of Youth, Art and Music (A. Mapu St. 18) – Marko Zink (Austria) “Mauthausen – The Eradication of Memories”;
  • Kaunas Cultural Centre of Various Nations (Šv. Gertrūdos St. 58) – Christopher Sims (USA) “Theater of War: The Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan”.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival is supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture and Kaunas city municipality.

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest-running annual photographic festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. Maintaining its strong international character, KAUNAS PHOTO is a platform of priemieres of emerging talents. Since its first edition in 2004, it’s been organized by the NGO „Šviesos raštas“ and is regarded to be one of the most important continuous art events in the country. KAUNAS PHOTO is a member of „Festivals of Light“ organization. The founder and the director of the festival is Mindaugas Kavaliauskas.




KAUNAS PHOTO festival 10-11 | Guided tour & Artist talk

On 11th of October, KAUNAS PHOTO festival invited to guided tour at M. Žilinskas Art Gallery. Photographer Evžen Sobek (Czech Republic) presented his work “Home Sweet Home”.

 




Kaunas Photo 2018| projections night 4 & Artist talk by Evžen Sobek (Czech Republic)

8 pm – KAUNAS PHOTO NIGHT 4. Artist talk by Evžen Sobek (Czech Republic) and projection of works from the KAUNAS PHOTO 2018 Open Call. Duration 70 minutes. Volfas Engelman Studija (Kaunakiemio str. 2, Kaunas). Free entrance.