KAUNAS PHOTO 2021. Open lecture “Humane stories in Rosa Mariniello’s portraits”

On Tuesday, 26 October 2021, KAUNAS PHOTO festival invited to an open lecture “Humane stories in Rosa Mariniello’s portraits” at KTU Photo Studio. The lecture was held by the photographer and head of KTU Photo Studio Donatas Stankevičius and the audience had an opportunity to hear the photographer herself, Rosa Mariniello (Italy), in a special video recording dedicated to KAUNAS PHOTO festival. Rosa Mariniello’s portrait series “The Suspended Youth” is one of the eight Finalists of the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2021 contest on the theme “Age” and was display at the same building, KTU III Chamber’s 4th floor.

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest running annual international photo art festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. The festival founded by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas in 2004 is organized by the public institution “Šviesos raštas”. The artistic program of this year’s festival is curated by a joint team: Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, Kristina Juraitė, Donatas Stankevičius, Fred Boucher and Karolina Krinickaitė.

KAUNAS PHOTO is funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture as one of the strategic international art events in Lithuania.




KAUNAS PHOTO 2021. “I Often Forget”—artist talk by Jonas Kulikauskas (Lithuania/USA)

On September 12, 2021, KAUNAS PHOTO festival held an artist talk and meeting with Jonas Kulikauskas, a USA-based artist of Lithuanian origins. Kulikauskas presented his contemporary photography project “I Often Forget” layered with themes of the Holocaust, Soviet desecration, nationalism, and diaspora, that he was developing in Lithuania at the time. Son of Lithuanian refugees, Jonas Kulikauskas had fastened a World War 2 era lens to a newly constructed 8×10” camera loaded with black and white film, to capture life today in what used to be the Vilnius Ghetto. The event took place at the Kaunas Choral Synagogue.

Photos by Karolina Krinickaite.

 

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest running annual international photo art festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. The festival founded by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas in 2004 is organized by the public institution “Šviesos raštas”. The artistic program of this year’s festival is curated by a joint team: Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, Kristina Juraitė, Donatas Stankevičius, Fred Boucher and Karolina Krinickaitė.

KAUNAS PHOTO is funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture as one of the strategic international art events in Lithuania.




KAUNAS PHOTO 2021. “Why do I fall in love with Lithuania?”—meeting with Grzegorz Jarmocewicz (Poland)

On September 12, 2021, KAUNAS PHOTO festival held an artist talk and meeting with Grzegorz Jarmocewicz—Polish photographer born near Lithuanian border. The event was held at the Kaunas Cultural Centre of Various Nations where Jarmocewicz’s series “On both sides of the border. Why do I fall in love with Lithuania?” were being exhibited as a part of the 18th KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s programme.

Photos by Karolina Krinickaite.

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest running annual international photo art festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. The festival founded by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas in 2004 is organized by the public institution “Šviesos raštas”. The artistic program of this year’s festival is curated by a joint team: Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, Kristina Juraitė, Donatas Stankevičius, Fred Boucher and Karolina Krinickaitė.

KAUNAS PHOTO is funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture as one of the strategic international art events in Lithuania.

 




KAUNAS PHOTO 2021. “Portrait of Early Generation Z” by Elena Krukonytė (Lithuania)

On September 10, 2021, the opening of the 18th KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s outdoor exhibition “Portrait of Early Generation Z” by Elena Krukonytė (Lithuania) took place at the Draugystės park in presence of the author. The opening followed by the artist talk “The relationship with time, the environment, and self through photography” by Elena Krukonytė at the Kaunas Municipal Vincas Kudirka Public Library’s Park Branch.

Photos by Karolina Krinickaitė.

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest running annual international photo art festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. The festival founded by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas in 2004 is organized by the public institution “Šviesos raštas”. KAUNAS PHOTO is funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture as one of the strategic international art events in Lithuania.

 




KAUNAS PHOTO 2021. “Portraits of Quarantine” by Adas Vasiliauskas (Lithuania)

On September 8, 2021, the opening of the 18th KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s outdoor exhibition “Portraits of Quarantine” by Adas Vasiliauskas (Lithuania) took place at the Square near A. Juozapavičiaus Ave. 57 in presence of the author. The opening followed by the artist talk “Backstage of the Portraits of Quarantine and other stories” by Adas Vasiliauskas at the nearby photo studio “No Name Studio”.

Photos by Karolina Krinickaitė.

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest running annual international photo art festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. The festival founded by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas in 2004 is organized by the public institution “Šviesos raštas”. KAUNAS PHOTO is funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture as one of the strategic international art events in Lithuania.

 

 




KAUNAS PHOTO 2021 will hold a guided tour on wheels to celebrate the World Car-Free Day

The KAUNAS PHOTO festival commemorates the European Mobility Week and invites to celebrate the International Car-Free Day on 22 September with a guided tour on wheels around the festival’s outdoor exhibitions. The organisers encourage everyone to leave their cars, grab a bicycle or electric scooter and arrive alone, with family or friends by the Kaunas Castle, where the free and open to all tour will start at 17:30. The 1,5 hour 12-kilometre low-difficulty route will visit four open-air photography exhibitions. The tour will be held by the festival’s art director Mindaugas Kavaliauskas.

In 2021, European Mobility Week theme is “Safe and Healthy with Sustainable Mobility”. It pays tribute to the hardships felt by Europe – and the world – throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. European Mobility Week culminates on 22 September with the traditional World Car-Free Day. It is not the first time that the organisers of the KAUNAS PHOTO festival have joined the campaign, encouraging people to visit exhibitions using means of transport alternative to the car.

The Tour On Wheels will visit four open-air photography exhibitions of the 18th KAUNAS PHOTO festival. At each stop, the festival art director Mindaugas Kavaliauskas will present the work of the photographers featured there.

This year’s tour will star near the Kaunas Castle (in front of A. Jakšto St. 18) with the presentation of “Grandma Divers” by Alain Schroeder (Belgium, KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2021 Finalist). Then the tour will follow the cycling path along the Nemunas riverbank to Žemieji Šančiai, where two exhibitions will be presented at the Square near A. Juozapavičiaus pr. 57: “Portraits of Quarantine” by Adas Vasiliauskas (Lithuania) and “The third phase (Paola)” by Francesco Amorosino (Italy). Then the tour will come back to the town centre and will finish at the Vienybės Square with the exhibition of the Winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2021—“Growing Old” by Marna Clarke (USA).

The outdoor exhibitions of the 18th KAUNAS PHOTO festival are shown at three more locations: “Portrait of Early Generation Z” by Elena Krukonytė (Lithuania) at Draugystės Park (Kovo 11-osios St., next to the bus stop “Draugystės park”), “2031” by Uta Genilke (Germany) at Kalniečiai Park (next to Savanorių Ave.) and “RENDEZ-VOUS” by Caroline Minjolle (Switzerland) at Chechnya Square.

The outdoor exhibitions will be open until October 31. KAUNAS PHOTO 2021 exhibitions’ programme and map of  can be found here.

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest running annual international photo art festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. The festival founded by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas in 2004 is organized by the public institution “Šviesos raštas”. KAUNAS PHOTO is funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture as one of the strategic international art events in Lithuania.

WHAT? Tour on wheels of KAUNAS PHOTO 2021 outdoor exhibitions to celebrate the World Car-Free Day.

WHERE? Start—next to the outdoor exhibition located near the Kaunas Castle (in front of A. Jakšto St. 18), then the tour will follow the cycling path along the Nemunas riverbank to Žemieji Šančiai (to the square at A. Juozapavičiaus pr. 57), and back along the riverbank it will end at Vienybės Square.

WHEN? September 22, 2021, Wednesday, 17:30–19:00.

The event is free and open to all. The tour might be photographed / filmed for publicity purposes. For everyone’s convenience and to ensure the tour runs smoothly, the organisers kindly ask to arrive near Kaunas Castle a few minutes before the start of the event, to remember to observe the rules of polite riding and to have your bike lights on the front and the back of your bicycle.

© Photo by K. Krinickaitė.



Įsibėgėjusiame 18-ajame fotomeno festivalyje KAUNAS PHOTO – lietuviškų akcentų savaitė

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Nušurmuliavus intensyvioms festivalio atidarymo dienoms, šią savaitę KAUNAS PHOTO programoje – lietuviški akcentai. Trečiadienį ir penktadienį bus atidarytos dvi naujos parodos po atviru dangumi – Ado Vasiliausko  „Karantino portretai“ ir Elenos Krukonytės „Ankstyvosios Z kartos portretas“, o sekmadienį vyks susitikimai su šiuo metu Lietuvoje reziduojančiu lietuvių kilmės JAV menininku Jonu Kulikausku ir lenkų fotomenininku Grzegorzu Jarmocewicz, sukūrusiu seriją apie lietuvius „Abipus sienos. Kodėl aš įsimylėjau Lietuvą?“, kuri yra rodoma šiųmetinėje festivalio programoje Kauno įvairių tautų kultūrų centre. Renginiai yra nemokami ir atviri visiems.

Kaip ir ankstesniais metais, festivalis KAUNAS PHOTO tradiciškai su lauko paroda keliaus į Žemųjų Šančių mikrorajoną, kur rugsėjo 8 d., trečiadienį, 18.30 val. skvere prie A. Juozapavičiaus pr. 57 bus pristatyta fotografijų serija „Karantino portretai“. Parodos atidaryme dalyvaus iš Vilniaus atvykęs jos autorius, fotografas Adas Vasiliauskas, pirmojo karantino metu 2020 metais sukūręs ir per visą pasaulį nuskambėjęs su šia dronu fotografuota žmonių, pozuojančius savo namų languose bei balkonuose, portretų serija. Po parodos atidarymo vakaras prasitęs netoliese esančioje fotostudijoje „No Name Studio“ (A. Juozapavičiaus pr. 31G), kur nuo 19 val. A. Vasiliauskas papasakos serijos „Karantino portretai“ užkulisius bei pristatys kitus savo projektus.

© Adas Vasiliauskas (Lietuva). „Karantino portretai“

Rugsėjo 10 d. 17 val. Draugystės parko prieigose (Kovo 11-osios g., prie stotelės „Draugystės parkas“) vilnietė fotografė Elena Krukonytė pristatys ten atidaromą lauko parodą „Ankstyvosios Z kartos portretas“. Šį projektą sukurti autorę įkvėpė jos pačios pamąstymai apie santykį su laiku. Keldama būties klausimą – kodėl aš esu tokia, kokia esu? – ji bando rasti atsakymus, žvelgdama į bendraamžius, kuriuos įamžino jų pačių pasirinktoje vietoje, atskleidžiančioje, kas prisidėjo prie asmenybės formavimo. Nuo 18 val. Kauno Vinco Kudirkos viešosios bibliotekos Parko padalinyje (P. Lukšio g. 60) vyks E. Krukonytės kūrybos pristatymas „Žmogaus santykis su laiku, aplinka ir savimi per fotografiją“, kurio metu autorė plačiau papasakos apie savo kūrybą.

© Elena Krukonytė (Lietuva). „Ankstyvosios Z kartos portretas“

Rugsėjo 12 d., sekmadienį, festivalis KAUNAS PHOTO pakvies į du dienos metu vyksiančius renginius. 12.30 val. Kauno įvairių tautų kultūrų centre, ten pat rodomų fotografijų iš serijos „Abipus sienos. Kodėl aš įsimylėjau Lietuvą?“ apsuptyje, vyks susitikimas su šios serijos autoriumi, netoli Lietuvos sienos gimusiu lenkų fotomenininku Grzegorzu Jarmocewicz.

© Grzegorz Jarmocewicz (Lenkija). „Abipus sienos. Kodėl aš įsimylėjau Lietuvą?“. Robertas Vajculis.

14 val. Kauno choralinėje sinagogoje (E. Ožeškienės g. 13) vyks susitikimas su lietuvių kilmės JAV fotomenininku Jonu Kulikausku. Menininkas pristatys šiuo metu Lietuvoje vystomą šiuolaikinės fotografijos projektą „Aš Dažnai Pamirštu“, apimantį holokausto, sovietų išniekinimo, nacionalizmo ir diasporos temas. Pritvirtinęs II-ojo pasaulinio karo laikų objektyvą prie naujai pagaminto 8×10 colių fotoaparato, įkrauto juodai baltomis plokštėmis, J.Kulikauskas fotografuoja dabartinį gyvenimą buvusiame Vilniaus gete.

© Jonas Kulikauskas (Lietuva/JAV). „Aš dažnai pamirštu“

18-ojo festivalio KAUNAS PHOTO parodų programą galima rasti čia, o nuolat pildomą renginių kalendorių – čia. Taip pat festivalio naujienas galima sekti socialiniuse tinkluose „Facebook“ ir „Instagram“: @Kaunas.Photo.

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“. Festivalį KAUNAS PHOTO, kaip vieną iš strateginių tarptautinių meno renginių Lietuvoje, finansuoja Lietuvos kultūros taryba.

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The 18th international photo art festival KAUNAS PHOTO turns into adulthood and reflects on the theme of age

In 2021, the 18th international photo art festival KAUNAS PHOTO will hold its opening tours on September 2 and 3 with the exhibition openings of fourteen artists from different countries. Both opening days will conclude with an evening programme starting at 20:00 in the BLC “Otto Hall”, featuring a presentation by Chirag Jindal (New Zealand), an artist and topographer working at the intersection of documentary journalism and contemporary cartography, and on 3 September, photography projections of the festival’s competition KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalists’ series and a virtual meeting of the Finalists with the audience. The Winner of the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2021 Award will be announced at the end of the evening event on 3 September and will receive a cash prize of EUR 2500. The evening programme will be accompanied by musical improvisations of Patris Židelevičius with cello and digital sounds, and pianist Kęstutis Paulaitis. The exact programme of the festival’s opening days can be found at the end of this announcement. The audience is welcome to join at any part of the opening tour. The opening events of KAUNAS PHOTO festival are open to all and free of charge.

Fábio Cunha (Portugalija) „Vidinis žvėris“
Fábio Cunha (Portugal) “The Animal Within”

The programme of the 18th KAUNAS PHOTO festival will focus on the threshold of adulthood, becoming an adult, the pros and cons, stories and feelings of being young, teenager, parent, mid-aged, retired, with or without grandchildren, hobby, job, retirement savings meeting the sunset of life. The exhibitions and events of the festival will be related to general or specific issues of life choices, crisis, joys, traditions, stereotypes, taboos, social norms and the impact of big data society on age groups. The open call to the festival, which received over a hundred proposals, showed that a critical mass of photographers is exploring an aging society, its joys and challenges.

Although traditionally the winner of the festival’s competition KAUNAS PHOTO STAR is announced at the Kaunas Photography Gallery, this year, due to the renovation of Vilnius Street, the gallery was closed, therefore, the works of the finalists of the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2021 competition are integrated into the festival’s programme and are shown in the outdoor spaces as well as in the galleries, cultural and art venues of Kaunas.

KAUNAS PHOTO 2021 programme in Kaunas will showcase nine photography exhibitions in indoor venues throughout September. Continuing the tradition of open-air exhibitions started in 2014, this year the festival will present seven outdoor exhibitions, placed in Chechnya Square, Kalniečių and Draugystės parks, A. Juozapavičiaus, V. Putvinskio streets, near Kaunas Castle, Vienybės Square. The festival’s outdoor exhibitions will be on display until the end of October.

The artistic program of this year’s festival is curated by a joint team: Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, Kristina Juraitė, Donatas Stankevičius, Fred Boucher and Karolina Krinickaitė. The festival’s programme will be updated and announced in separate press releases, on the festival’s website and “Facebook” page.

The programme of the opening days of the 18th KAUNAS PHOTO festival:
September 2, Thursday

Exhibition openings:

16:00 Martha Thomas (USA) “Do Not Forget, You Are Not In Lithuania”, Younes Mohammad (Iraq) “Open Wounds” at Kaunas City Museum Folk Music Branch (L. Zamenhofo St. 12): With the presence of the author Martha Thomas (USA).

16:30 Clelia Rochat (Belgium) “Belles Mômes” at Maironis Lithuanian Literature Museum (Rotušės Sq. 13);

17:00 Cristian Geelen (The Netherlands) “Memories of a man once there…” at Kaunas City Museum Kaunas Castle (Pilies St. 17);

17:15 Alain Schroeder (Belgium) “Grandma Divers” near Kaunas Castle (A. Jakšto St.);

17:30 Grzegorz Jarmocewicz (Poland) “On both sides of the border. Why do I fall in love with Lithuania.” at Kaunas Cultural Centre of Various Nations (Šv. Gertrūdos St. 58);

17:45 Magdalena Stengel (Germany) “±100” at Kaunas Municipal Vincas Kudirka Public Library – Department of Youth, Art and Music (A. Mapu St. 18).

KAUNAS PHOTO NIGHT I

From 20:00 at BLC “Otto Hall” (K. Donelaičio St. 60, A-Block, 1st floor):

Photography projections featuring the series submitted to the KAUNAS PHOTO Open Call on the theme “Age”;

“Into The Underworld”. Artist talk and meeting with Chirag Jindal (New Zealand), artist and surveyor who works at the intersection of documentary journalism and contemporary cartography;

– Music by Patris Židelevičius—improvisations that combine the sound of classical instruments like the cello, field recordings and digital sounds.

Caroline Minjolle (Šveicarija) „RENDEZ-VOUS“
Caroline Minjolle (Switzerland) “RENDEZ-VOUS”

September 3, Friday

Exhibition openings:

16:00 Caroline Minjolle (Switzerland) “RENDEZ-VOUS” at Chechnya Square (P. Lukšio St.);

16:30 Michal Solarski & Tomasz Liboska (United Kingdom / Poland) “Cut It Short” at Kaunas Municipal Vincas Kudirka Public Library – Park Branch (P. Lukšio St. 60):;

17:00 Uta Genilke (Germany) “2031” at Kalniečiai park (next to Savanorių Ave.):;

18:00 Rosa Mariniello (Italy) “The Suspended Youth” at KTU III rūmai (Laisvės Ave.);

18:30 Francesco Amorosino (Italy) “The third phase (Paola)” at Žaliakalnis Funicular (V.Putvinskio St. 22);

18.45 Fábio Cunha (Portugal) “The Animal Within” at VMU Multifunctional Center for Studies and Research (V. Putvinskio St. 23);

19.00 Marna Clarke (USA) “Growing Old” at Vienybės Square (next to the stairs leading to the garden of Vytautas the Great War Museum).

KAUNAS PHOTO NIGHT II

From 20:00 at BLC “Otto Hall” (K. Donelaičio St. 60, A-Block, 1st floor):

– Projection of the photographs from the series “Do Not Forget, You Are Not In Lithuania” by Martha Thomas (USA) accompanied by the readings of Daina Klimauskaitė’s memoir of a youth in Siberia. The memoirs will be read by Olita Dautartaitė, Lithuanian theatre and film actress, poetry reader.

Virtual meeting with the festival’s competition KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2021 Finalists;

Photography projections of the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 Finalists’ series;

Announcement of the Winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2021 Award;

– Music by composer, improvising piano virtuoso Kęstutis Paulaitis.

Marna Clarke (JAV) „Senstant“
Marna Clarke (USA) “Growing Old”

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest running annual international photo art festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. The festival founded by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas in 2004 is organized by the public institution “Šviesos raštas”. KAUNAS PHOTO is funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture as one of the strategic international art events in Lithuania.

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, KTU Photo Studio, Diaphane, Białystok Interphoto, BLC – Business Leaders Centre.

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Finalists Announced – Kaunas Photo 2021 Open Call (extended until 10 JUNE)

The call has closed, congratulations to the finalists:

Marna Clarke (USA) “Growing Old”
Fábio Cunha (Portugal) “The Animal Within”
Alain Schroeder (Belgium) “Grandma Divers”
Michal Solarski & Tomasz Liboska (United Kingdom / Poland) “Cut It Short”
Rosa Mariniello (Italy) “The Suspended Youth”
Magdalena Stengel (Germany) “±100”
Clelia Rochat (Belgium) “Belles Mômes”
Martha Thomas (USA) “Do Not Forget You Are Not In Lithuania”

The winner will be announced on September 3, 2021 during the opening of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalists’ exhibition.

KAUNAS PHOTO, the longest-running annual photographic festival in the Baltic States, based in Kaunas, is a platform of premieres of emerging talents. “Photo World” (China) titled KAUNAS PHOTO as a festival on crossroads of European photography. The current objective is to become a friendly festival to its audience as well as to the participating artists.

In collaboration with LensCulture, KAUNAS PHOTO festival announces an Open Call for its 18th edition, inviting photographers to propose their works and offering exhibiting opportunities as well as participation at New KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award, consisting of a solo exhibition at the largest photography gallery in the Baltic States, Kaunas Photography Gallery and a 2500 EUR monetary prize. Open Call provides opportunities to be selected to the festival exhibition and projection program. All exhibiting artists, selected via KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Open Call will be offered artist fees.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival opening events will start on September 3, 2021 with KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Exhibition. Festival’s events and outdoor exhibitions will run until the end of October.

Topic of the year: AGE

“Being young is foolish”, one could sometimes hear in Lithuanian elderly say. Or, “new generations are lost to computer screens” and “would be uncapable to survive” in the off-line world. This clash of philosophies is not only based on real-time conditions, but on ways generations see life.

In 2021, KAUNAS PHOTO festival turns eighteen, and enters the adult age. Therefore, it will focus on threshold of coming of age, becoming adult, pros and cons, stories and senses of being small, young, teenage, parent, mid-age, retired, with or without grand-children, hobby, job, retirement savings facing the sunset of life. Works relating to general or specific aspects of choices of life, crisis, joys, traditions, stereotypes, taboos, social norms and implications of big data society on age groups is of an interest. Pandemic and the ways people of different age groups cope with isolation are among the possible current topics. A festival, strongly associated with documentary photography, but indulgent to ironic or even humorous treatment of subjects by artists, KAUNAS PHOTO is looking for artists who observe, analyze, co-create with people – both with those at the edge of crossroads of life and those who have seen it all, changes of currency, political systems, changing technologies and borders.

In numerous countries of the world, 18 is the age of leaving school, or leaving hometown for metropolis, travelling the world (as it used to be before the pandemic), choosing whom to vote for, maybe getting driver’s licence, possibly diving into the unknown and undescribable quest of experience of adult night and day life. Youth life in its daily struggle and taste, difficulties and victories will be sought after by KAUNAS PHOTO 2021, the 18 year-young festival.

Stories and concepts of what can be done to improve young people’s lives, living and working opportunities and conditions, as well as what young people do to transform today’s world are very welcome in photographic works. The age threshold of 18 is often associated with self-determination, own decisions, consent whether or not a person allows his/her image to be publicized via photography. Nonetheless, in full awareness that both photographing and exhibiting images of children and youth, can be delicate and challenging, organizers of KAUNAS PHOTO invite photographers to be broad-minded about interpretations of the youth topic.

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2021 topic corresponds to the general topic of the festival, AGE.

Who can submit?

All Photographers/Artists, regardless of their age, nationality and place of residence are invited to submit work. KAUNAS PHOTO festival is known for its focus on documentary, but all styles, genres and approaches to photography are accepted and exhibited. Both completed works and those in progress can are welcome.

Photographers/Artists with KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award in focus, should ask themselves – “is my work ready for a space of 200 square metres?”.

Entry consists of:

  • title of the work;
  • 12-15 images (2000 px on the longer side, JPG 90% quality);
  • short description of the work (up to 250 words);
  • short written BIO (up to 250 words), followed by photographer’s contacts: email, phone number/s, mailing address.
  • Non-refundable entry fee of 25 EUR, per series entered, payable at the time of submission. No more than two series per artist accepted.
    For the best of understanding, texts must be in English.

Entries accepted via LensCulture. Direct link:
https://www.lensculture.com/competitions/kaunas-photo-star-2021/events

Deadline – May 29 JUNE 10, 2021

Photographers/Artists are encouraged to enter works as early as possible, since the festival curatorial team will be reviewing and studying submissions as soon as they will be arriving.

Open Call Opportunities

Photographers/Artists submitting works to Open Call can be enrolled in Kaunas Photo 2021 in the following ways:

  • works can be included into KAUNAS PHOTO festival program, its indoor and outdoor exhibitions, presented in squares in Kaunas;
  • Projection events;
  • KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award – Finalist’s and Winner’s exhibitions.

The Jury panel of decision-making curators on the Jury panel, who will review all entries and eventually are potential providers of opportunities through their platforms, institutions and networks.

The New KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award with 2500 EUR prize

The 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 probable future star of photography. Since 2018, the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Winner also receives a 2500 EUR prize, and a joint exhibition of Finalists is held and opened on the same day. Possible income tax obligations, eventually imposed by the country of citizenship of the Winner, will be his/her responsibility. For a Lithuanian citizen, this prize would be tax-exempt.

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalists exhibitions across the venues of Kaunas old town and the Winner’s exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery will open on September 3, 2021.

Exhibition opening and announcement of the Winners of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 Award: Chiara Panariti & Gianfranco Ferraro (Italy) with “Cronostasi”

Selection of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalists and Winner

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR selection has two stages.
In the first one, Jury panel members review and vote on all submitted entries. Ratings produced by the votes serve for shortlisting the 8 Finalists.
In the second stage, a joint Curatorial board of KAUNAS PHOTO festival and Kaunas Photography Gallery confirm or decide on finalization of the shortlist. If the standing of the first 8 positions is evident, 9th and 10th runners-up do not have the same number of votes, the 8 Finalists are confirmed by standings only. If two portfolios of one single Photographer/Artist make into the top 8, then the next voted runner-up is accepted into the list of 8 Finalists. If the No. 8 candidate has the same amount of votes as No. 9 or No. 10, the Curatorial board has right to make a decision about the 8th candidate or enlarge the group of Finalists. The published list of Finalists does not indicate any ratings.

The Curatorial board selects the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Winner from the 8 Finalists, prioritizing the work that is innovative in the use of photographic medium, exploration of the topic, strong in artistic maturity, sufficient and suitable for the large space of Kaunas Photography Gallery.

Open Call from KAUNAS PHOTO festival is followed by the Jury work that will select the shortlist of Finalists. All the shortlisted Photographers/Artists will have their exhibitions at the festival in 2021. The number of Finalists will be recommended by the festival and decided by the Jury. The Winner, selected from the Finalists by a joint board of curators of KAUNAS PHOTO festival and Kaunas Photography Gallery, will celebrate his/her exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery and receive the monetary prize. The decision regarding the Winner cannot be appealed.

The exhibitions of both, Finalists’ and the Winner’s works will open on Friday, September 3, 2021. The KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2021 Winner is only revealed upon opening of the doors of Kaunas Photography Gallery.

Every KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2021 Finalist agrees:

  • to provide the festival with a set of 20 – 40 digital files of print quality and additional materials, if needed: texts, materials for installations, etc. The materials will serve for detailed assessment of projects in the progress of selection of the Winner, as well as for the production of the exhibition by KAUNAS PHOTO festival. In 2021, due to COVID-19 driven uncertainties, transportation option is completely excluded;
  • to propose possible ways of exhibiting his or her work, but accept the final decisions of the exhibition architects of KAUNAS PHOTO festival;
  • that no site-specific or content information about Finalists’ exhibitions will be disclosed until the date and hours of the exhibition openings.

Every KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2021 Finalist is entitled to:

  • participation in a joint KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award exhibition, that will be produced by and at the expenses of KAUNAS PHOTO festival;
  • Due to COVID-19 risks, complicated travel arrangements, eventual obligations of self-isolation resulting after travel, KAUNAS PHOTO festival will not undertake travel arrangements and accommodation, but will pay every KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalist an Artist fee of 250 EUR against an invoice delivered by the Photographer/Artist or a contract. The Artist fees will be settled no later than until October 31, 2021.

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Jury Members

Yan QI – deputy director of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing, China)

Fred BoucherPhotaumnales festival and Usimage Biennale Director (Clermont/Beauvais, France)

Thomas Schirmboeck – ZEPHYR- Raum für Fotografie, Leader (Mannheim, Germany)

Gintaras Česonis – Kaunas Photography Gallery, Leader (Lithuania)

Anna Dannemann – The Photographers’ Gallery, Senior Curator (London, UK)

Julia DurkinAuckland Festival of Photography director (New Zealand)

Kristina Juraitė – KAUNAS PHOTO co-founder, professor at Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania)

Donatas Stankevičius – KAUNAS PHOTO and Kaunas Photography Gallery curator (Lithuania)

Mariusz ForeckiPix.House gallery, Co-Founder (Poznan, Poland)

Mindaugas Kavaliauskas – KAUNAS PHOTO founder, curator (Lithuania)

Previous Winners of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award who have held their exhibitions at Kaunas Photography Gallery:

  • Chiara Panariti, Gianfranco Ferraro (Italy, 2020)
  • Maxime Matthys (Belgium, 2019)
  • Simon Menner (Germany, 2018)
  • Mayumi Suzuki (Japan, 2017)
  • Julien Lombardi (France, 2016)
  • Jeniffer Thoreson (USA, 2015)
  • Andrejs Strokins (Latvia, 2013)
  • Andrei Liankevich (Belarus, 2012)
  • Luca Zanier (Switzerland, 2011)
  • Eric Lusito (France, 2010)

Inclusion into KAUNAS PHOTO festival program

If selected to exhibit at KAUNAS PHOTO festival, Photographers/Artists will be contacted personally. Their names will appear on KAUNAS PHOTO web along with the announcement of the festival program.

Works will be produced at the expense of the festival to match site-specific settings.

Photographers whose works selected to KAUNAS PHOTO 2021 exhibition program will be also offered an artist fee.

KAUNAS PHOTO 2021 Calendar

April 28 – JUNE 10, 23:59 entries accepted, entrants’ local times – Open Call;
June 14 – last day for 8 Finalists to send in 20-40 high resolution files for KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Winner assessment, exhibition production (via WeTransfer to festival@kaunasphoto.info)
June 18 – Announcement of the Finalists on KaunasPhoto.com
September  3KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalists’ and Winner’s exhibition Openings;
Events, meetings (online and on-site), educational activities, projections, exhibition tours – until October 31, 2021.

Author’s rights and other legal aspects

While submitting works to the KAUNAS PHOTO 2021 open call via LensCulture, a photographer declares that he/she is the only owner of the economic author’s rights to the pictures submitted. Photographer agrees that the pictures submitted can be reproduced in materials and forms of artistic or media presentation of KAUNAS PHOTO festival outcomes, such as flyers, invitation cards, post cards, posters, catalogs, projections, slideshows, web sites, including but not limited to that of KAUNAS PHOTO festival for unlimited time in unlimited territory without any royalty payments. Entrants accept their responsibility for the right to the image of persons, models, places, objects or trade marks appearing in the pictures submitted to KAUNAS PHOTO festival.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival does not limit the photographers’ /artists’ moral or economic rights to promote, broadcast, exhibit, publish and sell their works submitted to KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s Open Call.

Prints produced by KAUNAS PHOTO festival, can be either left at the festival’s collection or destroyed after the exhibition, based on the decision of the Photographer/Artist.

In 2017, ”The Nemunas Journey” exhibition by Vitus Saloshanka (Belarus/Germany), partly created during two Residencies provided by KAUNAS PHOTO (2015 and 2017), after the first show during the festival in 2017, was presented at Prienai Cultural Centre and Prospektas Gallery of Photography in Vilnius, with artist being present to all opening events, trips & accommodation covered by the inviting parties. In 2019, this exhibition went to “InterPhoto” festival in Bialystok, Poland. The artist is reinvited, in some cases supplementary artist fees were paid. This is just one example of works living on after KAUNAS PHOTO.

About KAUNAS PHOTO festival

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. The festival is a platform for dialogue around contemporary photographic creation between North and South, East and West.

KAUNAS PHOTO 2021 is funded by Lithuanian Council for Culture.
KAUNAS PHOTO STAR partners: Kaunas Photography GalleryLensCulture.

Enter works until May, 29 JUNE 10, 2021 (23:59 your local time) via LensCulture

LensCulture is a global community of photographers and industry professionals. As one of the world’s largest online destinations for discovering contemporary photography, LensCulture also provides some of the best opportunities for global exposure, international recognition, ongoing learning and creative development. LensCulture is committed to inspiring and empowering its thriving community of over 2.5 million, across 145 countries and in 15 languages around the world.

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Grįžtant karantinui fotomeno festivalis KAUNAS PHOTO kviečia kurti iš savo kambario

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Pasaulį užklupusi COVID-19 pandemija nesitraukia, o sparčiai augant koronaviruso  atvejams įvedami nauji ribojimai. Šiuo socialinio atitolimo laikotarpiu 17-asis fotomeno festivalis KAUNAS PHOTO kviečia susiburti virtualiai ir dalyvauti bendroje kūrybinėje iniciatyvoje: paversti savo kambarį didžiuliu fotoaparatu – „camera obscura“. KAUNAS PHOTO organizatoriai ragina visus norinčius dalyvauti mokytis šios antikinės technikos festivalio „Facebook“ paskyroje žiūrint KAUNAS PHOTO STAR konkurso finalininko Bruno Alencastro (Brazilija) edukacinį video įrašą, bei patiems namuose įsirengti  „camera obscura“. Šiuo principu sukurtų fotografijų festivalis lauks jas pateikiant asmenine žinute „Facebook“ socialiniame tinkle iki lapkričio mėnesio pabaigos.

„Camera obscura“ (lot. „tamsus kambarys“) – tai dėžutė arba visiškai tamsus kambarys su nedidele anga, pro kurią iš išorės skverbiasi šviesa, o priešingoje angos dalyje projektuojasi apverstas išorinės scenos vaizdas. Šis optinis įrenginys nuo senų laikų buvo naudojamas saulės užtemimų žiūrėjimui nepakenkiant regėjimui, kaip pagalba dalininkams ieškant tikresnio ir dvimačio pasaulio vaizdavimo, pasitarnavo išrandant teleskopą bei suteikė pagrindą tam, ką šiandien žinome kaip fotografiją. Naudodamas „camera obscura“ principą bei šviesai jautrias medžiagas prancūzų išradėjas Nicéphore Niépce 1826–27 m. pro šeimos namo Le Gras langą padarė patvarų, iki mūsų dienų išlikusį atvaizdą – pirmąją pasaulyje išlikusią fotografiją. Taigi, turėdami tik mažą angą ir šiek tiek šviesos, turime pagrindą visai fotografijai, įskaitant ir išmaniųjų telefonų kameras.

„Camera obscura“ yra naudojama menininkų iki šių dienų, o šiuo būdu sukurtų darbų galima rasti ir festivalyje KAUNAS PHOTO. 2009 m. festivalio socialinės-dokumentinės akcijos  „Savanoriai“ metu iš Kauno kilęs ir Portlande gyvenantis Darius Kuzmickas sukūrė fotografijų seriją „Camera obscura. Savanoriai“. Tai buvo pirmoji festivalio KAUNAS PHOTO meninė rezidencija. Šiųmetinėje programoje „Periferinės vizijos“ festivalis rodo brazilų fotomenininko Bruno Alencastro fotografijų seriją „obs-cu-ra“.

© Darius Kuzmickas (Lietuva/JAV) „Camera obscura. Savanoriai“
© Darius Kuzmickas (Lietuva/JAV) „Camera obscura. Savanoriai“

Fotografas Brunas Alencastras fotografinę esė „obs-cu-ra“ sukūrė norėdamas dokumentuoti bei vaizdais nupasakoti tai, ką išgyvename 2020-aisiais. Priverstinio kūrybinio laisvalaikio metu menininkas mąstė, ką galėtų išvystyti vizualinio darbo pavidalu, negalėdamas išeiti į gatvę pandemijos akivaizdoje. Bežiūrint į savo buto sienas Rio de Žaneiro Kopakabanos kaimynystėje B. Alencastrui kilo idėja – „camera obscura“. Pasak fotomenininko, šio prietaiso koncepcija yra itin simboliškas ir reprezentatyvus būdas nupasakoti tai, kas šiuo metu vyksta visame pasaulyje – viskas tiesiog apvirtę aukštyn kojomis, o langas –  visoje meno istorijoje pasikartojantis motyvas – Covid-19 pandemijos metu tampa vieta, kuri reiškia ribą ir bedugnę tarp išorinio ir vidinio pasaulio, tarp laisvės ir įkalinimo.

Pristatęs fotografinę esė „obs-cu-ra“ į 17-ojo fotomeno festivalio KAUNAS PHOTO konkursą KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Brunas Alencastras pateko į finalininkų dešimtuką, o jo projektas sulaukė susidomėjimo visame pasaulyje – šiuo metu jame dalyvauja 84 fotografai iš 21 šalies. Festivalis KAUNAS PHOTO kviečia prisijungti prie šios idėjos ir kūrybiškai įamžinti keistus bei unikalius 2020-uosius metus. Festivalio organizatoriai lauks dalyvių sukurtų fotografijų lapkričio mėnesio pabaigoje. Fotografijas siųsti asmenine žinute festivaliui KAUNAS PHOTO „Facebook“ socialiniame tinkle ne vėliau kaip iki lapkričio 30 d.

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.