KAUNAS PHOTO 2021 “Age”: photo gallery (Part II)

Moments from the exhibitions and opening events of the 18th international photo art festival KAUNAS PHOTO. To see the Part I of the photo album — click 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.

 




KAUNAS PHOTO 2021 “Age”: photo gallery (Part I)

On 2 and 3 September 2021, the 18th international photo art festival KAUNAS PHOTO opened exhibitions in nine indoor venues and five open-air public spaces in Kaunas featuring fourteen authors from all over the world: “Do Not Forget, You Are Not In Lithuania” by Martha Thomas (USA) and “Open Wounds” by Younes Mohammad (Iraq) at the Kaunas City Museum Folk Music Branch, in presence of the author Martha Thomas (USA), “Belles Mômes” by Clelia Rochat (Belgium) at the Maironis Lithuanian Literature Museum, “Memories of a man once there…” by Cristian Geelen (The Netherlands) at the Kaunas City Museum Kaunas Castle, “Grandma Divers” by Alain Schroeder (Belgium) at an open-air space near the Kaunas Castle, “On both sides of the border. Why do I fall in love with Lithuania?” by Grzegorz Jarmocewicz (Poland) at the Kaunas Cultural Centre of Various Nations, “±100” by Magdalena Stengel (Germany) at the Kaunas Municipal Vincas Kudirka Public Library – Department of Youth, Art and Music, “RENDEZ-VOUS” by Caroline Minjolle (Switzerland) at the Chechnya Square, “Cut It Short” by Michal Solarski & Tomasz Liboska (United Kingdom / Poland) at the Kaunas Municipal Vincas Kudirka Public Library – Park Branch, “2031” by Uta Genilke (Germany) at the Kalniečiai park, “The Suspended Youth” by Rosa Mariniello (Italy) at the KTU III Chamber, “The third phase (Paola)” by Francesco Amorosino (Italy) at the foot of  Žaliakalnis Funicular (this exhibition has been relocated to the Square near A. Juozapavičiaus Ave. 57 due to city’s works), “The Animal Within” by Fábio Cunha (Portugal) at VMU Multifunctional Center for Studies and Research and “Growing Old” by Marna Clarke (USA) at the Vienybės Square.

The evening programme at BLC “Otto” hall on September 2nd featured projections of the series submitted to the festival’s open call on the theme “Age” and a presentation by Chirag Jindal (New Zealand), an artist and topographer working at the intersection of documentary journalism and contemporary cartography. On September 3rd—a screening of the photographs from the series “Do Not Forget, You Are Not In Lithuania” by Martha Thomas (USA), accompanied by the readings of her aunt’s Daina Klimauskaitė’s memoirs of the youth spent in deportation in Siberia. The memoirs were interpreted by the Lithuanian theatre and cinema actress Olita Dautartaitė, in presence of Daina Klimauskaitė herself and the author Martha Thomas, who was currently visiting Lithuania. The evening continued with the screening of the festival’s competition KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalists’ series, many of the finalists greeted the audience via video conference call, and the evening culminated with the announcement of the Winner of the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2021 Award—Marna Clarke (USA) with her series “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.

 




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.

www.KaunasPhoto.com




Festivalis KAUNAS PHOTO aštuonioliktą laidą pradeda Tauragėje: apie tautą atgimusią automobilyje ir sugrįžimą prie fotografijos ištakų karantino metu

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Fotomeno festivalis „Kaunas Photo“ pradeda sezoną partneryste su Tauragės krašto muziejaus „Santaka“  trečius metus iš eilės organizuojamu menų festivaliu „Kvadratu“. Po atviru dangumi rodomos dvi parodos. Bažnyčių g. 15 festivalio „Kvadratu“ organizatorių pasirinkimu bus rodoma festivalio KAUNAS PHOTO įkūrėjo Mindaugo Kavaliausko paroda „inCARnation“ apie automobilių verslą Lietuvoje. Ties Vasario 16-osios g. 5 veiks pernai Kaune Kaunas Photo pristatyta brazilų fotomenininko Bruno Alencastro paroda „obs-cu-ra”. 2021 m. birželio 5 d. 11 val. Bažnyčių g. 15 menų festivalio „Kvadratu“ atidarymo renginyje dalyvaus vienas iš autorių, festivalio „Kaunas Photo“ meno vadovas Mindaugas Kavaliauskas. Lauko parodos Tauragės centre veiks visą vasarą – nuo birželio 5 d. iki rugsėjo 5 d. 

Kaip skelbia Kvadratu organizatoriai, fotografijos pasaulio multifunkcionierius Mindaugas Kavaliauskas (gim. 1974 m. Kaune) Tauragėje pristato ciklą „inCARnation“ (in-car-nation, liet. „tauta automobilyje“). Prieš du dešimtmečius autorius atkreipė dėmesį, kad Lietuva ypatinga dideliais tarpkontinentinės automobilių prekybos, aptarnavimo, remonto, autodetalių ir kitų verslų mastais. Atgavus nepriklausomybę automobilis tapo kulto objektu, simbolizuojančiu sėkmę ir statusą visuomenėje. M. Kavaliauskas didelio formato kamera ėmė fotografuoti automobilių prekeivių, vairuotojų, naudotojų, meistrų, kelininkų, detalių pardavėjų kasdienybę, laisvadienius bei įtampos momentus. Nemažą dėmesį jis skyrė ir automobilizuoto Lietuvos peizažo tyrinėjimams. Automobilių prekybos verslas neformaliai kuria Tauragės tapatybę. Tauragė – tai Lietuvos Paryžius, savo tekstuose slemuoja Mindaugas Piečia, net prancūzų pardavėjai galvoja, kad Tauragė yra ne miestas, o šalis. Karantinas privertė užverti šalių sienas, tuo smarkiai paveikdamas tauragiškių automobilių prekybos verslus, jau tapusiais paveldimais šeimos verslais.

© Mindaugas Kavaliauskas (Lietuva) „inCARnation“

© Mindaugas Kavaliauskas (Lietuva) „inCARnation“

Parodos „obs-cu-ra“ autorius Brunas Alencastras sukūrė fotografinę esę norėdamas dokumentuoti bei vaizdais nupasakoti 2020-ųjų metų karantino išgyvenimus. Bruno Alencastro (gim. 1985 m. Porto Alegre, Brazilijoje) yra brazilų kilmės vaizdinių pasakojimų specialistas, turintis fotografijos, vaizdo ir skaitmeninio turinio kūrimo patirtį. Dėl pasaulyje siaučiančio koronaviruso menininkas buvo įstrigęs savo namuose Rio de Žaneire. Priverstinė izoliacija įkvėpė B. Alencastro iš naujo pažvelgti į savo profesiją. Jam kilo mintis paeksperimentuoti su „camera obscura“ technika, kurią renesanse menininkai naudojo kaip optinį įrenginį, tapant peizažus. Visiškai tamsi dėžė ar kambarys, šviesa, prasiskverbusi pro nedidelę skylutę, ir priešingoje šios angos dalyje matomas apverstas išorinis vaizdas. „Camera obskura” laikoma fotoaparato pirmtaku. Gautas rezultatas B. Alencastro paskatino sukurti nuotraukų esė, kuriai būdinga tamsi ir mįslinga atmosfera, tokia pat kaip neišvengiama, miglota ateitis, apie kurią dar niekas nieko nežino. Į savo sumanymą menininkas įtraukė Brazilijos fotografų, kurie sutiko paversti savo gyvenamąsias vietas didelio formato obscura kameromis, ir užfiksavo jų būtį pandemijos metu. Kiekvieno gyvenimas – unikalus: pasiekimai ir nuostoliai, norai ir privilegijos, baimės ir viltys.

B. Alencastro džiaugiasi galimybe eksponuoti sukurtas fotografijas Lietuvos gatvėse: „Festivalio „Kaunas Photo” dėka iš bute pastatyto fotoaparato mano darbai gavo progą iškeliauti į pasaulį. Tai viena iš nuostabiausių akimirkų, kurias išgyvenau per 10 fotografijai atiduotų metų. Šiam festivaliui jaučiu nepaprastai šiltus jausmus”, – patirtimis dalinosi fotomenininkas.

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

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

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

Renginių metu bus laikomasi COVID-19 ligos (koronaviruso infekcijos) plitimo prevencijos priemonių. Daugiau informacijos: renginiai@tauragesmuziejus.lt arba 862259269. Apie būsimus festivalio „Kaunas Photo“ renginius bus praneš.ta atskirais pranešimais.

Fotomeno festivalį „Kaunas Photo“ ir menų festivalį „Kvadratu“ finansuoja Lietuvos kultūros taryba  ir Tauragės rajono savivaldybė.

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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




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.




Romualdas Požerskis (Lithuania) “Hot Summer” exhibition opening

On 1st of September, at 4.30 pm., at Kaunas city council Vincas Kudirka public library, department of youth music and art (A. Mapų st. 18), will be the opening of the exhibition “Hot Summer” by Romualdas Požerskis (Lithuania). Exhibition on display till 30 of September.




Mikolaj Nowacki (Poland) “Odra” exhibition opening

On 1st of September, at 4 pm., at gallery “Ars et mundus“ (A. Mapų st. 20), will be the opening of the exhibition “Odra” by Mikolaj Nowacki (Poland).




The opening weekend of KAUNAS PHOTO festival (1-3 September)

The 14th edition of KAUNAS PHOTO festival starts it’s main programme exploring the theme of water and invites to take a walk through exhibition openings and other events during it’s opening weekend 1-3 of September. All events are free of charge!

© Romualdas Požerskis

September 1, Friday

4pm Exhibition opening. Gallery “Ars et mundus“ (A. Mapų st. 20). Mikolaj Nowacki (Poland) “Odra”. PremièreMarcin Lapczynski head of Polish institute in Vilnius present.

4.30pm Exhibition opening. Kaunas city council Vincas Kudirka public library, department of youth music and art (A. Mapų st. 18). Romualdas Požerskis (Lithuania) “Hot Summer”. Première.

5pm “Rivers” exhibition opening. Kaunas city museum, Lithuanian folk music history department (L. Zamenhofo str. 12). Federico Rios Escobar (Columbia) “FARC”, Jan Caga (Czech republic) “Danube- the Blue River”, John Trotter (USA) “No agua, No vida”, Mathieu Nonnenmacher (France) “Light the river”, Yan Wang Preston (UK) “Mother River”. Gabrielius Sužiedėlis head of Kaunas city museum present.

6pm Exhibition opening. Kaunas Photography Gallery (Vilniaus st. 2). Mayumi Suzuki (Japan) “The Restoration Will”. Gintaras Česonis head of Kaunas Photography Gallery present.

6.30pm “(Im)Personal Waters” exhibition opening. “Meno Parkas” gallery (Rotušės square 27). Matthew Moore (USA) “Seascapes”, Päivi Koskinen (Finland) “Monday”, Russ Flatt (New Zealand) “Take me to the river”, Jari Silomäki (Finland) “My weather diary”, Pierfrancesco Celada (Italy) “#Instagrampier, Hong Kong”.

7pm Outdoor exhibition opening. Katerina Mistal (Sweden) “Mapping Europe”. Square next to the Kaunas Castle (Pilies st.).

9pm KAUNAS PHOTO NIGHT – photography projection under the open sky. Amphitheatre of Kaunas Castle (Papilio str.). KAUNAS PHOTO TOP 16, Poland Photography, Gideon Mendel(UK) “Drowning World”, Matjaž Krivic (Slovenia)  “Lithium, the driving force of 21st Century”, Christian Åslund (Sweden) “Glacier comparison – Svalbard”, Paolo Woods (Haiti) & Gabriele Galimberti (Italy) “The Heavens”.

 

 

September 2, Saturday

Opening events in New Town and KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2017 winner talk on her family tragedy caused by tsunami.

© Christian Åslund

September 2, Saturday 

1pm Exhibition opening. Lithuanian educational museum (Vytauto av. 52). Matjaz Krivic (Slovenia) “Lithium, the driving force of 21st Century”, Christian Åslund (Sweden) “Glacier comparison – Svalbard” , Gideon Mendel (UK) „Drowning World“. Vladas Lašas businessman, public figure present. Partners of the exhibition “EMP Recycling“.

2.00 pm Exhibition opening. Žaliakalnis funicular “F gallery” (Aušros str. 6). Eugenijus Barzdžius (Lithuania) “Vask”.

2.30pm Exhibition opening. Vytautas Magnus university Faculty of Humanities (V. Putvinskio str. 23). Alex Boyd (UK) “The Land of Maybe”, Christine Osinski (USA) “New York City’s Archipelago”.

3.30 pm Artist talk. Gallery “Meno parkas” (Rotušės sq. 27). Päivi Koskinen (Finland), Jari Silomäki (Finland).

5pm Artist talk. Kaunas Photography Gallery (Vilniaus str. 2) Mayumi Suzuki (Japan).

 

 

September 3, Sunday

© Jashim Salam

3.30 pm Guided tour of the exhibition “Beach season”. M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art  (Nepriklausomybės sq. 12).

4pm Closing event of goup exhibition “Beach season” including performance of Aura Dance Theatre. M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art  (Nepriklausomybės sq. 12). Massimo Vitali (Italy) beach landscapes, Kirill Golovchenko (Ukraine/Germany) “Out of the Blue”, Tadas Černiauskas (Lithuania) “Comfort Zone”, Turi Calafato (Italy) “A Day at the Beach. Summer in Sicily”, Céline Diais (France) “See the Sea”, Marton Kallai (Hungary) “Solotvyno – A Dream about Salt”, Krzysztof Racoñ (Poland) “Zakrzowek”, Berta Tilmantaitė (Lithuania) “Surfing India”, Emily Wabitsch (Germany- Bangladesh) “From Cox’s with Love”, Jashim Salam (Bangladesh) “Life beyond the Ship Graveyard” and François Marmion (France- UK) “Bloody Holiday”.

 

Opening events free of charge.