Vokiečių fotografas Arnė Piepkė: dokumentinė fotografija gali padėti geriau suprasti vienas kitą

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Mažame Vokietijos kaime augęs vokiečių fotografas Arnė Piepkė siekia kelti klausimus, nepaliekančius žiūrovo nuošalyje ir prisidedančius prie temų nagrinėjimo, o tuo pačiu ir geresnio tarpusavio supratimo. 17-ojo fotomeno festivalio KAUNAS PHOTO konkursui KAUNAS PHOTO STAR menininkas pateikė fotografijų seriją „Nepažįstamos šalies anekdotai“, gimusią iš negalėjimo apibrėžti savo gimtosios šalies. Tai privertė menininką kvestionuoti vokietiškumą ir sudarė galimybę susikurti išsamų, alternatyvų ir asmenišką požiūrį į Vokietiją. Į konkurso finalininkus patekęs Arnės Piepkės darbas yra rodomas Kauno miesto muziejaus Tautinės muzikos skyriuje iki spalio 3 d. Su fotomenininku kalbasi Daina Juonytė.

Jūsų darbas, kurį pateikėte festivaliui KAUNAS PHOTO, yra „Nepažįstamos šalies anekdotai“. Kaip gimė ši nuotraukų serija?

Savo fotografiniame darbe aš dažnai susiduriu su tradicijomis ir istorija bei tuo, kaip žmonės su ja susitapatina. Užaugau mažame miestelyje, bet vėliau persikėliau į didžiausią Vokietijos didmiestį. Pastebėjau daug skirtumų tarp kaimo ir miesto gyvenimo. Supratau, jog iš tikrųjų nepažįstu savo gimtosios šalies ir ji man iki šiol nepažįstama. Atrodė kažkaip keista. Norėjau iš naujo atrasti Vokietiją ir suprasti, apie ką ji kalba.

Dokumentikos fotografo darbas dažnai nėra lengvas. Kartais dėl projekto tenka  keliauti į atokias vietas, labai dažnai susiduriama su nevaldomomis jėgomis, tokiomis kaip oras ar apšvietimo trūkumas. Kas jus labiausiai žavi šiame darbe?

Dokumentikos fotografo darbas yra labai įdomus, nes kiekviena situacija, kiekviena vieta ir kiekvienas žmogus yra skirtingi. Niekada nežinai, su kuo teks susidurti. Man tai labiausiai yra apie mokymąsi iš šių situacijų. Fotografuodamas vienus ar kitus dalykus išmokstu ir sužinau labai daug ne tik apie fotografuojamas temas, bet ir apie save bei savo požiūrį. Manau, kad dokumentinė fotografija gali padėti geriau suprasti vienas kitą.

Šiemet festivalio KAUNAS PHOTO tema – „Periferinės vizijos“. Kaip matote šią temą iš savo perspektyvos? Ką ji jums reiškia?

Užaugau mažame Vokietijos kaime, taigi esu pripratęs prie periferinių gyvenimo sąlygų. Tačiau kažkuriuo metu norėjau palikti šią vietą ir išvykti. Dabar, praėjus keleriems metams, mane traukia tokios vietos ir aš dažnai grįžtu į ankstesnius namus. Man patinka, kad mažesniuose miestuose ir kaimuose bendruomeniškumas yra labiau suprantamas. Tačiau taip pat žinau, kad kartais žmogus tokioje vietoje gali jaustis izoliuotas, gal net vienišas ar prižiūrimas. Yra daug klišių apie kaimą ir ten gyvenančius žmones. Norėčiau jas panagrinėti ir sužinoti, ar jos teisingos, ar ne.

© Arne Piepke (Vokietija) „Nepažįstamos šalies anekdotai“
© Arne Piepke

Savo prisistatyme sakote, kad keliavote po Vokietijos kaimą, ieškodamas progų, kuriose žmonės pabėga nuo savo kasdienio gyvenimo, susitapatina su tradicijomis ir istorija, prisiima vaidmenis, apsirendami ir ant scenos pasirodydami patys. Akimirkos, kurių mes, kaip žmonės, esantys už šių bendruomenių ribų, beveik nepastebime, yra išdėstytos formuojant asmeninį pasakojimą, tragikomišką Vokietijos portretą. Ką sužinojote šių kelionių metu ir kokį įvaizdį apie jas susikūrėte?

Mane nustebino tai, ką radau. Pavyzdžiui, festivalis, kurio metu žmonės tvenkinyje lenktyniauja išskobtais moliūgais. Jis buvo nuostabus! Sužinojau daug daugiau apie mažas bendruomenes, pažinau daugybę vietų ir apskritai išgirdau Vokietijos istoriją. Šios situacijos ir vietos man buvo nepažįstamos, ir manau, kad dar daug ką galima rasti.

Į ką keliaudamas dažnai atkreipiau dėmesį, tai didžiulis bendruomenės atsidavimas tam tikram dalykui. Ir tai yra kažkas, kas jungia visus mano fotografuotus žmones, nors jų veikla ir kilmė labai skiriasi. Mane tai žavi. Man patinka, kad yra mažų bendruomenių, kurios ką nors daro sau ar švenčia tik dėl savęs. Kažką tokio, ko niekur kitur nėra. Žinoma, tai jiems suteikia stiprų identiteto jausmą.

Jūs bandote spręsti socialines problemas ir žmonių ryšį su istorija bei jų aplinka. Kodėl, jūsų nuomone, tai svarbu?

Būtent Vokietijoje mes turime didelę atsakomybę dėl savo istorijos. Turime tai priimti ir iš to mokytis. Istorija įvairiai veikia mus ir mūsų aplinką. Tai gali būti labai sudėtinga, o kai kuriems iš mūsų tai kuria tapatybę. Mane žavi tai, kad žmonės tęsia tradicijas, atsiradusias prieš šimtus metų. Nesunku paklausti, ar tokių tradicijų vis dar reikia, ar jos yra šiuolaikiškos. Tačiau daugeliui žmonių tai nepaprastai svarbu. Aš džiaugiuosi, kad tokių dalykų yra.

Ar pavyko rasti atsakymą į savo klausimą, ką reiškia būti vokiečiu?

Ne, žinoma, ne. Bet mano tikslas nėra rasti atsakymą. Vokietijoje šis klausimas labai provokuoja. Nepaprastai sunku kalbėti apie vokišką tapatybę, taip yra ir dėl mūsų istorijos. Atrodo, kad Vokietija keičiasi ir susiduria su dideliais sunkumais, pavyzdžiui, su stipresne dešiniųjų partija. Norėčiau suabejoti vokiečių tapatybe ir pažiūrėti, ar ji turėtų kokią nors vertę visuomenei. Galbūt mums dabar reikia kažko panašaus, kad galėtume sutelkti žmones. O gal ir ne. Norėčiau, kad žiūrovas sau užduotų šiuos klausimus ir galbūt pamatytų visai kitokį Vokietijos vaizdą.

© Arne Piepke (Vokietija) „Nepažįstamos šalies anekdotai“
© Arne Piepke

Arnės Piepkės fotografijų serija „Nepažįstamos šalies anekdotai“ iki spalio 3 d. rodoma Kauno miesto muziejaus Tautinės muzikos skyriuje (L. Zamenhofo g. 12, Kaunas). Nuolat atnaujinamą 17-ojo fotomeno festivalio KAUNAS PHOTO programą „Periferinės vizijos“ rasite čia.

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.
Parodos partneris: Kauno miesto muziejus.




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