KAUNAS PHOTO festival exhibition destroyed by vandals

Late at night on the 3rd of August, KAUNAS PHOTO outdoor exhibition in Chechnya square showing  Berta Tilmanataitė’s series „Out of the Water“ was damaged.

Damage shows not only on the banners themselves, but also on the supporting constructions holding the photographs. Supporting poles were pulled out and used as tools to batter the exhibition and the surrounding buildings, where the doors and windows of a lcoal cleaning company were broken. The photographs remained intact, however the information stands were ruined.

This is the second attack on KAUNAS PHOTO exhibitions in Chechnya square. In 2016 the exhibition “Georgia 08 08 08” by Artūras Morozovas was wrecked, however the perpetrator was found immediately and damage compensated.




01/06/2017 exhibition opening at the bottom of the swimming pool

On 1st of June, at 8:00 p.m., at the bottom of “Girstutis” swimming pool KAUNAS PHOTO festival opened an exhibition “Out of the water” by Berta Tilmantaitė.

Curator Mindaugas Kavaliauskas.

© Photos by Rokas Bučas and Antanas Untydi.

 

 




Berta Tilamtaitė Artist talk

An artist talk by Berta Tilmantaitė, known for her photographic and journalistic works and travels, will be held on 7 of June, at 5 pm., at the Park department of the Kaunas City Council Library (60 P. Lukšio street). Berta Tilmantaitė is one of the artists selected for this year’s KAUNAS PHOTO festival. Her works will be exhibited in one of the festival’s outdoor spaces: the Chechnya square.




From the water: vanishing ways of life captured in pictures

An artist talk by Berta Tilmantaitė, known for her photographic and journalistic works and travels, will be held at the Park department of the Kaunas City Council Library (60 P. Lukšio street). Berta Tilmantaitė is one of the artists selected for this year’s KAUNAS PHOTO festival. Her works will be exhibited in one of the festival’s outdoor spaces: the Chechnya square.

© Berta Tilmantaitė

KAUNAS PHOTO festival, this year exploring the theme of water, was particularly drawn to Berta Tilmantaitė’s works from her travels in South America, Africa and Asia. She documents diverse communities around the planet, commenting on the issues of ecology and conservation. During the event, Berta Tilmantaitė will present her works and will share her experience of joining the sea nomad tribes in Malaysia, observing the Yongding river in Beijing, China and visiting the endangered lake Victoria in Africa. Those attending the talk will also hear about the wider narrative of the Chechnya square exhibition, that starts at the end of June.

© Berta Tilmantaitė

“The best way to start a dialogue is to meet your audiences live. No matter how impressive and informative the photographs are, real conversation and discussion only adds to the meaning. During the artist talk I will tell the stories behind my pictures in the Chechnya square, and will also touch upon other themes. I will share the wider context and circumstances of each work, as well as the process of searching for new stories, the creative process. We are all affected by the climate change, pollution and other ecological risks, and it doesn’t differ much whether you are in Borneo jungle, or on the coast of Peru, fishing in the lake Victoria, or here in Kaunas, Lithuania.“ said Berta Tilmantaitė.

© Berta Tilmantaitė “Guano”

Berta Tilmantaitė is a Lithuanian multimedia journalist, photographer and videographer. Her stories focus on social issues, human rights, environment and connection between human and nature. Berta studied at Vilnius University, the Danish School of Media and  at the University of Bolton/Beijing Foreign Studies University. She is a co-founder of first and only Lithuanian multimedia platform for documentary stories called Nanook.  Berta’s work was published in various media outlets around the world, including National Geographic, GEO, Al Jazeera, Wired and others. She has won awards in international contests and festivals, such as Sony World Photography Awards, LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism, Lithuanian Press Photography Awards and others.

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest- running annual photography festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. It is organised by the NGO „Šviesos raštas“ since 2004. KAUNAS PHOTO is one of the most important annual art events in the country. KAUNAS PHOTO is a member of Festival Of Light organisation and works with the Federation of European Photographers.

Main sponsors: Lithuanian Culture Cuncil, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Kaunas city council.

Patron of the festival is President Valdas Adamkus.




Opening of the exhibition under water

© Berta Tilmantaitė

On 1st of June, Thursday, at 8 pm., at “Girstutis pool” will be the opening of exhibition “Out of water” by Berta Tilmantaite. Photojournalist and diving expert Berta Tilmantaitė presents her series „From the Water“, that will be exhibited at the bottom of the swimming pool, as deep as 1,4- 1,9 m. under water.

 




KAUNAS PHOTO festival presents an exhibition at the bottom of the swimming pool: don’t forget your swimsuits, goggles and action cameras!

KAUNAS PHOTO festival,  in it’s 14th edition exploring the theme of water, on the 1st of June, 8pm invites visitors to join the reception in Girstutis swimming pool. During the event the photographic project „From the Water“ by the photojournalist, traveler and diver Berta Tilmantaite will be displayed  1,4- 1,9 metres deep.

© Berta Tilmantaitė

The first day of summer is  going to be marked with the reception of the „Beach Season“ exhibition at the M. Žilinskas Art Gallery of  M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art at 6pm. Afterwards, from 8pm KAUNAS PHOTO team invites everyone to the Girstutis swimming pool to celebrate the start of the wild swimming season and see the underwater exhibition.

KAUNAS PHOTO promises a great deal of entertainment: a refreshing swim, excellent photographic work by Berta Tilmantaite, improvised underwater photoshoots (bring you action cameras or underwater kit).

There will be artist talks followed by a DJ set.

The event marks the opening of the summer season in Girstutis swimming pool, which offers a discounted entry to the pool and saunas. All children will be treated to complimentary ice cream!

Berta Tilmantaitė’s series is made over three different continents: South America, Africa and Asia. Photographs depict the lives of people who depend on water and make a living from water, exploring themes of ecology, conservation, the importance of water in small communities and the future of the planet. Berta Tilmantaitė will present the series herself and will also talk about her time spent with sea nomads in Malaysia, Yongding river in Beijing and lives of people around the lake Victoria in Africa.

Special admission price for the KAUNAS PHOTO event: 5 EUR adults, 2 EUR children under the age of 16.

Event times: 8pm- 9:45pm

Girstutis Sport Complex
Kovo 11-osios street 26, Kaunas
Phone number: +370 37 372820
info@girstuciobaseinas.lt




KAUNAS PHOTO festival to open the “Beach Season”

International KAUNAS PHOTO festival kicks off it’s 14th edition on the 1st of June. The theme of the festival this year is “Water”. The reception of the introductory exhibition “Beach Season” will take place at the M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art on Thursday, 6pm. The exhibition will continue until the 3rd of September.

© Turi Calafato (Italy) “A Day at the Beach. Summer in Sicily”

„Beach Season“ presents work by eleven international artists: Massimo Vitali’s (Italy) beach landscapes, Kirill Golovchenko’s (Ukraine/Germany) “Out of the Blue”, Tadas Černiauskas‘ (Lithuania) “Comfort Zone”, Turi Calafato’s (Italy) “A Day at the Beach. Summer in Sicily”, Céline Diais’ (France) “See the Sea”, Marton Kallai’s (Hungary) “Solotvyno – A Dream about Salt”, Krzysztof Racoñ’s (Poland) “Zakrzowek”, Berta Tilmantaitė’s (Lithuania) “Surfing India”, Emily Wabitsch’s (Germany- Bangladesh) “From Cox’s with Love”, Jashim Salam’s (Bangladesh) “Life beyond the Ship Graveyard” and François Marmion’s (France- UK) “Bloody Holiday”.

© Massimo Vitali (Italy) “Untitled”

The exhibition will consist of three parts. Large format prints and creative installations will reveal diverse scenarios inspired by subjects of water and beach. Exhibition curator Mindaugas Kavaliauskas says that the architecture of the gallery perfectly conveys the change of mood throughout the exhibition’s three parts: the light one, the transitory and the dark one. The first display presents the beach as we know it: with white sand, blue sea, cheerful holiday-makers. Monumental human landscapes by the Italian master Massimo Vitali, Kirill Golovchenko’s witty beach encounters and conceptual series of Tadas Černiauskas open up colourful holiday moments as one enters the exhibition.

© Kirill Golovchenko (Ukraine/Germany) “Out of the Blue”

The second space explores the sociology of summer. Here belongs Turi Calafato’s rituals of Sicilian beaches and sun induced laziness. Céline Diais travels through urban beaches in France and observes how our need for leisure transforms cities. Marton Kallai’s series about Ukrainian salt mining town resorts combines joy and leisure with the anticipated environmental disaster. Krzysztof Racoñ tells a story about the artificial Zakrzowek lake, a popular spot with local Polish youth despite it being forbidden to swim in. Due to steep shores and uneven bottom Zakrzowek is known as a dangerous location attracting accidents and suicides.

© Marton Kallai (Hungary) “Solotvyno – A Dream about Salt”

The third section brings us back to the seaside resorts and shows us the frequently unseen aspects. Berta Tilmantaitė’s series portrays surfers in India and introduces us to the theme of work. These surfers help local fishermen with their daily toil. Emily Wabitsch photographs the beach in Bangladesh that attracts thousands of newlyweds each year. Right next to it Jashim Salam’s series shows us men in Bangladesh dismantling disused boats with their bare hands for a living. The final exhibit is François Marmion’s photographic exploration of the Kos island divided into tourist and refugee zones. Here we observe the Western privilege in the setting of the picturesque resort.

© François Marmion (France- UK) “Bloody Holiday”

The main events and exhibitions of the 14th KAUNAS PHOTO festival will take place in Kaunas in the first week of September and will continue until mid October.

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest- running annual photography festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. It is organised by the NGO „Šviesos raštas“ since 2004. KAUNAS PHOTO is one of the most important annual art events in the country. KAUNAS PHOTO is a member of Festival Of Light organisation.

Main sponsors: Lithuanian Culture Cuncil, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Kaunas city council.

Patron of the festival is President Valdas Adamkus.




Padedami festivalio KAUNAS PHOTO, Kauno moksleiviai fotografuos savo miestą prie upių #KaunasPhotoh2o

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2017 m. balandžio 27 d. prasideda fotomeno festivalio KAUNAS PHOTO edukacinė programa Kauno moksleiviams.

Įkvėptas pernai surengto kūrybinių dirbtuvių „Blokinė kaimynystė“, vykusių Kauno miegamuosiuose rajonuose, patirties festivalis KAUNAS PHOTO keturioliktąjį sezoną pradeda antrąja edukacine programa „Kaunas – miestas prie upių“. Užsiėmimai vyks Kauno miesto mokyklose: Kauno Nemuno mokykloje-daugiafunkciniame centre, Lietuvos sveikatos mokslų universiteto, Šv. Mato, Kauno Maironio universitetinėje gimnazijose ir kitose mokyklose.

Romualdo Požerskio užsiėmimas Lietuvos sveikatos mokslų universiteto gimnazijoje

Balandžio-gegužės mėnesiais moksleiviai susitiks su tokiais lektoriais – nacionalinės premijos laureatu, fotografu Romualdu Požerskiu, keliautoja, vandens svarbą pasaulio ekologinei pusiausvyrai, bendruomenių ekonomikoms tyrinėjančia fotografe Berta Tilmantaite ir fotografu, menotyrininku Mindaugu Kavaliausku. Užsiėmimų metu programos dalyviai bus supažindinami su fotografijos pagrindais, analizuos fotografijos ir gamtosaugos santykį, aptars vandens svarbą valstybių ir bendruomenių gyvenime, susipažins su fotografais, kurių gyvenimas ir kūryba pakeitė visuomenės nuostatas į vandens telkinių, natūralių ekosistemų išsaugojimą, saugojamų teritorijų sukūrimą. Įgiję reikalingų žinių, programos dalyviai bus kviečiami fotografuoti Kauno upes ar kitus miesto vandens telkinius ir kelti į „Instagram“ tinklą su žyma – „KaunasPhotoh2o“.

“Papasakosiu apie darbą kelyje – 4 pasaulio žemynuose ir apie tai, kaip surasti istorijas ne tik ant žemės, bet ir po vandeniu. Papasakosiu ir apie tai, kaip tos surastos istorijos nukeliauja į žurnalų puslapius skirtingose pasaulio šalyse bei kaip fotografija tampa „National Geographic“ viršeliu arba laimi konkursuose. Būdama multimedijos žurnaliste, ne tik fotografuoju, bet ir filmuoju, taigi atskleisiu ir  tai, kaip ir kodėl renkuosi, kada spausti fotoaparato myktuką, o kada – „rec“. Kuo vaizdo pasakojimas skiriasi nuo fotografijos? Galėsiu atsakyti į šį ir į visus kitus moksleivių klausimus”, – apie savo būsimus užsiėmimus pasakojo Berta Tilmantaitė.

Rugsėjį bus atrinktos geriausios kiekvienos mokyklos mokinių užfiksuotos fotografijos ir eksponuojamos parodose jų mokyklose. Tuo tarpu geriausiųjų Kauno moksleivių darbai bus eksponuojami Vinco Kudirkos viešosios bibliotekos, Senamiesčio filiale (Mapų g. 18).

Festivalio vadovas Mindaugas Kavaliauskas teigia, kad fotografijos mokymai jaunimui svarbūs ne vien tuo, kad be fotografijos šiandien gyvenimas atrodo nepilnas, o naujai įgyti fotografavimo įgūdžiai gali papildyti bet kokį kitą laisvalaikio užsiėmimą ar tobulėjimo sritį. Mokymus festivalis KAUNAS PHOTO rengia ir vedamas fotografų bendruomenėje sklandančiu posakiu: „Išmokykit savo vaikus fotografijos, ir jie savo tobulėjimo kelyje, pilname įrangos poreikių, niekada neturės pinigų kvaišalams“…

Tarptautinis fotomeno festivalis KAUNAS PHOTO, šalia turtingos kasmetinės programos: Lietuvos ir užsienio fotografų parodų galerinėse ir lauko erdvėse, paskaitų, susitikimų su užsienio ir Lietuvos fotografais, meno kolekcionieriais, fotografijos ekspertais ir kritikais, turų su gidu po parodas ir daug kitų renginių, jau antrus metus iš eilės organizuoja fotografijos kūrybines dirbtuves moksleiviams. Jomis siekiama ne tik suteikti žinių apie fotografijos praktinę pusę, bet ir ugdyti jų bendruomeniškumą, kūrybiškumą ir pilietinį sąmoningumą.

KAUNAS PHOTO – ilgiausiai be pertraukų rengiamas kasmetinis tarptautinis fotomeno festivalis Lietuvoje ir Baltijos šalyse. Nuo 2004 m. festivalį kuruoja viešoji įstaiga „Šviesos raštas“ ir Lietuvos fotomenininkų sąjungos Kauno skyrius. KAUNAS PHOTO festivalis yra laikomas vienu iš svarbiausių tęstinių meno renginių Lietuvoje, jį finansiškai remia Lietuvos Kultūros taryba, Lietuvos Respublikos Kultūros ministerija ir Kauno miesto savivaldybė. Festivalis bendradarbiauja su Europos fotografijos sąjunga ir yra pasaulinės „Festivals of Light“ organizacijos narys.