Native town of Ignas Šeinius welcomes “Šeinius+Scheynius” exhibition

On the 130th anniversary of  Ignas Šeinius, KAUNAS PHOTO festival opens an exhibition “Šeinius+Scheynius” (Ignas Šeinius and Lina Scheynius) in Širvintos, native town of the Lithuanian-Swedish writer and diplomat. The exhibition opens on April 3, 2019,  17:30 at Širvintos Cultural Centre (I.Šeiniaus gstr. 4, Širvintos). Among participants of the event will be Ignas Scheynius, grandson of Ignas Šeinius,  KAUNAS PHOTO festival director Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, Professor of Vytautas Magnus University  Sigutė Radzevičienė, author of the book about Ignas Šeinius.

KAUNAS PHOTO is one of the central photography art events in Lithuania, staged since 2004. ginių Lietuvoje. Every year, its artistic programs include photography by world Lithuanians. In 2018, the festival unveiled yet unknown side of the personality of Ignas Šeinius, writer, journalist, diplomat, who after WWII resided in Sweden. Apparently, Ignas Šeinius (1889-1959) was a passionate photographer. The Library of Širvintos, bearing the name of Ignas Šeinius, welcomes the “Šeinius + Scheynius” exhibition, composed of works of two family members, separated by time, but sharing impeccable artistic taste. Visual talent of Ignas Šeinius will be complemented with that of Lina Sheynius (b. 1981) well known artist, admired by thousands of followers on social networks.

Lithuanian writer and diplomat Ignas Šeinius is yet to be discovered… Well cultivated lover of cinema, he purchased a camera around 1922 to snap instants of holidays with family and friends. The co-artist and co-curator of this exhibition, Lina Scheynius, is in the line of four generations of family members, who have been using a photo camera, and the only one to have taken up art photography as her main occupation. Lina is sparse on words about her photographic creation, that seemingly does not have neither a beginning or an end. She rather wants people to be looking at her pictures…

Curator Mindaugas Kavaliauskas notices that the exhibition is a tru duet. Numerous common motives can be found in photographs of persons of the two remote Šeinius family generations. On the subject matter line, the keystone is Irvis Scheynius, appearing as small boy, son of Ignas Šeinius, and a grandpa of Lina, in her pictures, someone relaying the legend of Ignas and celebrating the Lithuanian legacy.  Photographs by people of two different generations of Šeinius family come into one in sensibility to detail, man’s integrity with nature, spontaneity, subtle sense of humour.

“Šeinius + Scheynius” exhibition will be on display at the exhibition hall of the Širvintos Cultural Centre until May 9, 2019, on workdays from 10 am to 6 pm. Free entrance.

Major sponsors of KAUNAS PHOTO festival: Lithuanian Council for Culture and Kaunas City.
Contributor to the exhibition is the Embassy of Sweden in Lithuania.




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 festival 10-04 | Guided tour & Artist talk

On 4th of October Poike Stomps (Netherlands) gave an artist talk at Vytautas Magnus University. Later KAUNAS PHOTO festival invited to M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, National M. K. Čiurlionis Museum of Art. Photographer Poike Stomps (Netherland) presented his photo series “Crossing Europe” and the profesor of the history subject Liudas Mažylis made the research of Ignas Šeinius photography of the exhibition “Šeinius + Scheynius”.

 




KAUNAS PHOTO festival 09-20 | Guided tour of the exhibitions at the old town

On 20th of September, KAUNAS PHOTO festival invited to the guided tour of the exhibitions at the old town of Kaunas. The director of the festival Mindaugas Kavaliauskas presented exhibitions at these venues:

Kaunas city museum, Lithuanian folk music history department (L. Zamenhofo str. 12);
Kaunas Photography Gallery (Vilniaus str. 2);
“Meno Parkas” Gallery” (Rotušės sq. 27);
Kaunas city council Vincas Kudirka public library, department of youth music and art (A. Mapu st. 18).




KAUNAS PHOTO festival 09-11 | Guided tour at the M. Žilinskas Art Gallery

On 11th of September, at M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art (Nepriklausomybės sq. 12) Mindaugas Kavaliauskas the director of KAUNAS PHOTO festival presented exhibitions. Exhibitions at M. Žilinskas Art Gallery on display till 13th of October.

 




KAUNAS PHOTO festival visiting festival of Les Photaumnales (France)

4:30 pm KAUNAS PHOTO festival delegated exhibitions open in the festival of Les Photaumnales. Meetings with invited photographers and guided visit. Le Quadrilatère, Beauvais, France.
Tadas Kazakevičius “Soon to be Gone”
Andrej Vasilenko “This is Beauvais”, resulting work of an artist residency, provided by Les Photaumnales, artist selected during Portfo.LT 2017 by KAUNAS PHOTO.
https://www.photaumnales.fr/

5 pm “Proudly Shy“- presentation of Lithuanian photography 1988-2018 / Project of a film by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas. Le Quadrilatère, Beauvais, France.




KAUNAS PHOTO invites to check the limits of the comfort zone

On 7th of September, Friday, the XV-th KAUNAS PHOTO Festival invites to visit two exhibition places. At 4pm – Lithuanian Museum of Education History and at 5 PM The opening ceremony of photo exhibitions will take place at the National Art Museum of M. K. Čiurlionis, M. Žilinskas Art Gallery. The organisers of the festival will invite visitors to discover the “Comfort Zone” – the main keynote of KAUNAS PHOTO festival this year.

At the Lithuanian Museum of Education History KAUNAS PHOTO will introduce photography admirers to the work of two authors. In the series “Close to the ground, far from heaven” Polish photographer Michał Adamski will reveal the peculiarities of communities living in the provinces of Poland – their strong connection to traditions and the endless desire to change at the same time. And the second exposition – Turkish Öncü Hrant Gültekin – about the stolen Armenian cemetery.

© Öncü Hrant Gültekin “Stolen Armenian Cemetries”

On the third floor of Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery, the KAUNAS PHOTO Festival will present an exhibition dedicated to the world-wide Lithuanian photography “Šeinius + Scheynius”. For the first time there will be displayed Ignas Šeinius photographs that reveal an unknown personality of a Lithuanian diplomat, journalist and writer. Next to these photographs will be the works of the great-granddaughter’s and a famous artist’s Lina Scheynius (Sweden), who will inaudibly argue with the photos of their grandfather’s holiday photographs.

© Lina Scheynius

Visitors will be invited to continue searching of the “Comfort Zone” by visiting the group exhibition “Home Sweet Home” by the authors: Evžen Sobek (Czech Republic), Rubi Lebovitch (Israel), Rebeca Cordero (Mexico), Superultraextra duo: Ewa Bold & Patryk Hadas (Poland) where everyone will grope the motive of nostalgia.

© Rubi Lebovitch “Home Sweet Home”

On the first floor of the gallery, guests will notice the game “Kaunopolis” – the result of KAUNAS PHOTO’S artistic residence, which the Spanish photographer Conchi Martínez has developed in Kaunas in May. We will find unseen, or maybe long ago forgotten places of our city in Kaunas. Poike Stomps, a Dutch photographer’s exhibition “Crossing Europe”, will be located here also.

© Poike Stomps “Crossing Europe”

The exhibition openings will be crowned by the group exhibition “Comfort Zone”. In the series “Wait Wachers” American photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero will be entertaining, but will also invite to the dialogue about bullying culture; Vladimir Antaki (France / Canada) in “Family Portrait” will introduce the war refugees in front of the background of luxury and chaos of the capital of France; Finnish Lasse Lecklin photography “The Most Beautiful Nuclear Power Plants in Europe” will take a tour of Europe and its wondrous nuclear power plants and invite to reflect on one’s comfort zone boundaries; Lithuanian Tadas Kazakevičius “Soon To Be Gone” will force us to think about the fragility of time, and Florian Müller’s (Germany) work “Hashtags Unplugged” will invite you to discuss solitude in a digital social environment.

© Haley Morris-Cafiero “Wait Watchers”

All throughout September, until 13th of October, the KAUNAS PHOTO Festival will entertain with tours in exhibitions, meetings with exhibition artists and guests, and on the evening – with photography projections. Meanwhile, the festival’s photography exhibitions in the open air, opened in the early summer in various Kaunas city public spaces: Joana P Cardozo (USA), “Blueprints, our home is the reflection of ourselves”, at the foot of the Žaliakalnis Funicular Robert Dash (USA) “Micro climate change“, Anup Shah (UK) “Migrations” in the Lithuanian Zoological Garden and Emilija Petrauskienė (Lithuania) in the Botanical Garden of the VMU “Silver Garden” will be open until the end of October. A comprehensive program of festival events is available on the Kaunas Photo website >>

Major sponsors: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Kaunas City Municipality. Sponsors: EPSON, Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden.




15th KAUNAS PHOTO festival announces program and invites to “Comfort Zone”

The main program of the 15th KAUNAS PHOTO festival will start on 1st of September with works of close to 40 artists, exhibitions in 8 museums, galleries, 4 open air spaces and almost 30 free events. Thematically, the festival explores “Comfort Zone” and its margins. KAUNAS PHOTO Open Call was a huge success, bringing about 300 proposals of photographers from 43 countries of the world. 24 photographers’ works were selected for the KAUNAS PHOTO festival program, 2 of them carried out artist residencies in Kaunas, and other 3 photographers will undertake residencies in small towns of Lithuania in September.

 

KAUNAS PHOTO 2018 – MAIN PROGRAM EVENTS

September 1, Saturday

From 9 am Portfolio Reviews. Kauno Dokas (Jonavos str. 7). Registered participants only.

4:00 pm Exhibition opening. Kaunas city council Vincas Kudirka public library, department of youth music and art (A. Mapu st. 18). Andrej Vasilenko (Lithuania) “This is Vilnius”. Exhibition on display till 29th of September.
Working hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 7 pm, Sat 10 am – 4 pm.

4:30 pm Exhibition opening. Kaunas city museum, Lithuanian folk music history department (L. Zamenhofo str. 12). Exhibition of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2018 Finalists. Exhibition on display till October 13.
Working hours: Tue-Fri 10 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm
Ticket price 1 Eur. (event free of charge).

5:30 pm Exhibition opening. “Meno parkas” Gallery (Rotušės sq. 27.). Exhibition of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2018 Finalists. Exhibition on display till October 5.
Working hours: Tue-Fri 12 pm – 6:30 pm, Sat 11 am – 4 pm

© Gloria Oyarzabal (Spain) „WOMAN GO NO’GREE“

6 pm Exhibition opening and revelation of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2018 Winner. Kaunas Photography Gallery (Vilniaus str. 2). Exhibition on display till October 7.
Working hours: Tue-Fri 11 am – 6 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am – 5 pm

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2018 FinalistsKirill Golovchenko (Ukraine/Germany) “Bitter Honeydew“, Mindaugas Ažušilis (Lithuania) “Accident”, Gloria Oyarzabal (Spain) “WOMAN GO NO’GREE“, Davide Monteleone (Italy/Russia) “A New Silk Road”, Federico Estol(Uruguay) “Shine Heroes“, Hester den Boer (Netherlands) “The Gulag Heritage“, Lynné Bowman Cravens (USA) Works with different titles, Alena Grom (Ukraine) “Medium of Instruction”, Gregoire Cachemaille (Switzerland/Germany) “Subsidences“, Hannes Jung (Germany) “How Is Life?“, Laurent Muschel (France) “Haircut – From Ethiopia to Cuba”, Simon Menner (Germany) “Camouflage“.

8 pm KAUNAS PHOTO NIGHT 1. Kaunas Artists’ House (V. Putvinskio str. 56).
KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalists’ work preview.
Premiere of world-wide and time-freezing project curated by Jean M. Babonneau (France/Denmark) “One World-One Family” May 1998 and May 2018.

September 7, Friday

4 pm Exhibition visit to Lithuanian Museum of Education History. Öncü Hrant Gültekin (Turkey/Germany) “Stolen Armenian Cemeteries”, Michał Adamski (Poland) “Close to the ground, far from heaven” in presence of artist.

5 pm Exhibition opening. M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art (Nepriklausomybės sq. 12).

© Lina Scheynius and Ignas Šeinius (Sweden/Lithuania)

“Šeinius + Scheynius” exhibition:
Lina Scheynius and Ignas Šeinius (Sweden/Lithuania).
“Home Sweet Home” exhibition:
Alnis Stakle
 (Latvia), Evzen Sobek (Czech Republic), Rubi Lebovitch (Israel), Rebeca Cordero (Mexico), Superultraextra duo: Ewa Bold & Patryk Hadas (Poland).
Kaunas Photo Art Residency Result exhibition: Conchi Martínez (Spain) “KAUNOPOLY”;
Solo exhibition: Poike Stomps (Netherlands) „Crossing Europe“.
“Comfort Zone” exhibition:

© Haley Morris-Cafiero (USA) “Wait Watchers”

Haley Morris-Cafiero (USA) “Wait Watchers” , Vladimir Antaki (France/Canada) “Family Portrait”, Tadas Kazakevičius (Lithuania) “Soon to be Gone”, Florian Muller (Germany) “Hashtags Unplugged”, Lasse Lecklin (Finland) “The Most Beautiful Nuclear Power Plants in Europe”.

Exhibitions on display till October 13.
Working hours: Tue-Sun 11 am – 5 pm., Thu 11 am – 7 pm
Ticket price: adults 3€, students 1,5€, school children, children and pensioners – free entrance.

8 pm KAUNAS PHOTO NIGHT 2. Projections of Artist works from the KAUNAS PHOTO 2018 Open Call. Duration 45 minutes. Volfas Engelman Studija (Kaunakiemio str. 2, Kaunas).

September 8, Saturday

1 pm Artist talk. M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art (Nepriklausomybės sq. 12). Conchi Martínez (Spain) “KAUNOPOLY” and “Kaunopoly” game sessions. Everyone welcome.

September 10, Monday

5 pm Exhibition opening. Multi-functional Study and Science center of Vytautas Magnus University (V. Putvinskio str. 23). Emanuela Colombo (Italy) “Brazilka”. Exhibition on display till October 31.
Working hours: Mon-Fri 8 am – 6 pm

6 pm Exhibition opening. Presidential library – museum of Valdas Adamkus (S. Daukanto str. 25). Ieva Martinaitis (Brazil) “11000KM”.
Henrikas Gulbinas, Egidijus Aleksandravičius (Lithuania) “Expedition: Lithuanian Roads Brazil” film review.
Exhibition on display till October 31.
Working hours: Mon-Fri 10 am – 4 pm, Sat 10 am – 2 pm
KAUNAS PHOTO exhibition – free entrance.
Exposition of museum of President Valdas Adamkus ticket price: adults 2€, children, students and pensioner 1€.

September 11, Tuesday

6 pm Guided tour to “Comfort Zone” exhibition at M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art (Nepriklausomybės sq. 12) and
6:30 pm Artist talk by Haley Morris-Cafiero (USA).

September 13, Thursday

6 pm Guided tour to KAUNAS PHOTO exhibitions. M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art (Nepriklausomybės sq. 12) in presence of Vladimir Antaki (France/Canada).

© Vladimir Antaki (France/Canada) “Family Portrait”

8 pm – KAUNAS PHOTO NIGHT 3 featuring illustrated Artist talk by Vladimir Antaki (France/Canada) and projections of artist works from the KAUNAS PHOTO 2018 Open Call. Duration 70 minutes. Volfas Engelman Studija (Kaunakiemio str. 2, Kaunas). Free entrance.

September 14, Friday

4 pm Guided tour and Artist talk by Michał Adamski.  Lithuanian Museum of Education History (Vytauto pr. 52, Kaunas).

September 15, Saturday

4:30 pm KAUNAS PHOTO festival delegated exhibitions open in the festival of Les Photaumnales. Meetings with invited photographers and guided visit. Le Quadrilatère, Beauvais, France.
Tadas Kazakevičius “Soon to be Gone”
Andrej Vasilenko “This is Beauvais”, resulting work of an artist residency, provided by Les Photaumnales, artist selected during Portfo.LT 2017 by KAUNAS PHOTO.
https://www.photaumnales.fr/

5 pm “Proudly Shy“- presentation of Lithuanian photography 1988-2018 / Project of a film by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas. Le Quadrilatère, Beauvais, France.

September 20, Thursday

Guided tour to KAUNAS PHOTO STAR exhibition across three venues in the following order:
5 pm – Kaunas city museum, Lithuanian folk music history department (L. Zamenhofo str. 12);
5:30 pm – Kaunas Photography Gallery (Vilniaus str. 2);
6 pm – “Meno Parkas” Gallery”;
6:30 pm – Kaunas city council Vincas Kudirka public library, department of youth music and art (A. Mapu st. 18).

September 26, Wednesday

6 pm – Artist talk by Andrej Vasilenko (Lithuania). Kaunas city council Vincas Kudirka public library, department of youth music and art (A. Mapu st. 18).

September 27, Thursday

6 pm Guided tour to KAUNAS PHOTO exhibitions. M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art (Nepriklausomybės sq. 12) ending with Artist talk by Tadas Kazakevičius (Lithuania).

October 4, Thursday

6 pm Guided tour to KAUNAS PHOTO exhibitions. M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art (Nepriklausomybės sq. 12) in presence of professor Liudas Mažylis sharing insights on life and photography of Ignas Šeinius.

October 11, Thursday

6 pm – Farewell guided tour to KAUNAS PHOTO exhibitions at M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art (Nepriklausomybės sq. 12) in presence of 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.

All events are free except if noted otherwise.

List of exhibitions here >>

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 organised 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“ organisation. The founder and the director of the festival is Mindaugas Kavaliauskas.

KAUNAS PHOTO Main Sponsors: Lithuanian Council for CultureKaunas City Municipality. Sponsors: EPSONEmbassy of Sweden.




Exhibition opening / “Silver Garden” by Emilija Petrauskienė

On July 13th at 5:30 PM the exhibition „Silver Garden” by Emilija Petrauskienė will take place in the VDU Botanical garden. The author of exhibition will attend and answer the questions of audience during the opening.

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KAUNAS PHOTO festival opens an exhibition at VMU Botanical garden

On 13 of July, at 5:30 pm KAUNAS PHOTO will present the exhibition “Silver Garden” by Emilija Petrauskienė at the VMU Botanical Garden in Kaunas. Emilija Petrauskienė uses slow photography while looking for classical herbarium-specific compositions. The “Silver Garden” turns on the event “Fragrance Night” happening and offers the unique opportunity to communicate straightly with the author at the opening.

Emilija Petrauskienė “Silver Garden”

“Silver Garden” is a childhood garden’s pieces frozen in silver. It all started from an idea of Emilija Petrauskienė to recreate a childhood’s garden. “It is always wonderful like a dream – full of colorful flowers with bees and butterflies fluttering around, fragrant herbs and secret corners filled with light playing between leaves. I did spend my early childhood in such a garden, which was surrounded with thick forest. Under old apple trees we played with dolls, made from Clematis dead blooms and Pflox flowers. “, – tells artist Emilija Petrauskienė. This project is like time-travel backwards, where was no rush. Where time wasn’t counted in minutes or seconds and summer holidays felt like lasting forever.

The author of the project chose ancient wetplate collodion technique creating the result similar to engravings and lithographs, also searching for compositions reminding old herbariums. Using slow photography while the process itself takes her back time. This project is ongoing – garden is being created not only on silver, but also behind the window. Where the author collects interesting plants and then catalogue them on wetplate. In the exhibition there are the digital prints of wet collodion negatives.

Emilija Petrauskienė was born in 1981 in Vilnius. After completing medical studies, she works as a family doctor. Art and later photography have always been author’s hobby besides full time job. She started taking photographs more than 10 years ago all learning by herself and with online communities. The prime aim of learning how to shoot nice photos was to create beautiful family album, but all went further. Now Emilija Petrauskienė is using almost only analogue techniques. The author had been presented in 2017 featured in Lens Culture Emerging Talent and Exposure competition galleries. In 2018 Shortlisted in Sony World Photography Awards in Open Competition Still Life category with work “Tulip, white”. Emilija Petrauskienė also was selected between the finalists of “Debiutas 2018”.

The exhibition will be open till October 31st.
Visiting the exhibition with VMU Botanical garden visitor ticket every day from 9 am to 8 pm (Ticket price: – adults 3 €, children 1 €, children under 6 years – free of charge. Cash hours from 9 am to 7pm)

The organizer of the exhibition: KAUNAS PHOTO festival, partner VMU Botanical garden. Sponsors of KAUNAS PHOTO festival: Lithuanian Culture Council, Kaunas City Municipality, Epson.