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 invites to the tour on wheels through the outdoor exhibitions

On Friday, 21st of September, at 5 pm, the 15th KAUNAS PHOTO Festival invites you to take a walk around the exhibitions of photography, exhibited in Chechnya Square and Kalniečiai Park. Last year, the tour though the outdoor exhibitions by bicycles inspired to look for unconventional ways to visit expositions, so this year everyone is invited to ride along – with bicycles, scooters or even baby strollers for the little ones. This way, the organizers of the festival will mention the forthcoming day without a car for the second year in a row. Beginning of the event – Chechnya Square, P. Lukšio str. near the exhibition “Blueprints, our home is the reflection of ourselves” by Joana P. Cardozo (US).

© Joana P. Cardozo


The organizers of the KAUNAS PHOTO Festival will present easily accessible exhibitions even on foot to the locals. The first one to be visited is the series of photo photographs by American photographer Joana P. Cardozo “Blueprints our home is the reflection of ourselves”. Visitors will be invited to identify household items and discover their own image. Next, the tour continues to the renovated Kalniečiai Park, where just a few days ago another exhibition has risen – “The Last Stand” by Canadian photographer David Ellingsen. The photographs of the forest with the prominent stumps will invite to discuss very sensitive topic – forest cutting.

© David Ellingsen

The 15th KAUNAS PHOTO is also exhibiting in four other outdoor places: at the foot of the Žaliakalnis hill funicular, Robert Dash (US) presents a series of works “Micro climate change”; Anup Shah (UK) photographic “Migration” exhibited near the giraffes in the Lithuanian zoo; Exposition “Silver Garden” by Emilija Petrauskienė (Lithuania) at VMU Botanical Garden; In the courtyard at the 57 Juozapavičius prospect, a new photo exhibition by Ole Witt (Germany) – “Help Desk – Random Acts of Administration”, will touch on the topic of India’s bureaucracy insanity.

© Ole Witt

Exhibitions of the festival are open until October 31.

Major sponsors: Lithuanian Council for CultureKaunas City Municipality. Sponsors: EPSON


KAUNAS PHOTO exhibitions under the open sky: between daily routine and being

The XVth KAUNAS PHOTO festival, which will start in the beginning of September, now gives to the Kaunas’ citizens and guests the outdoor exhibitions that is on display during the summer till the late autumn. Since 2014, the outdoor exhibitions became a tradition of KAUNAS PHOTO festival. This year’s outdoor exhibitions are on display at Chechnya square, next to the Žaliakalnis funicular, at the Lithuanian zoological garden, and in mid-July, a new exposition will appear in the VMU Botanical garden and other places.


© Joana P. Cardozo “Blueprints, our home is the reflection of ourselves”


Different and unexpected global aspects of everyday life and being are explored in the three exposition locations that are already in place. A series of works by New Zealand-based Brazilian artist Joana P. Cardozo “Blueprints, our home is the reflection of ourselves” is on display at Chechnya square. A silent piano, high heels in the walking-in closet, faded dead flowers still releasing a sweet smell, toys fighting each other in the basement, incense, lace and Saints, these photographs depict the shades of things in the house. In this way, the artist reveals the individuality of the subjects. Completed images are unusual shapes similar to architectural house plans. Although the portraits created by a photographer do not accurately represent the subjects, they are reflections of each person, inverse projection, negative of original. This exhibition features the accent of global Lithuania – one of the “Blueprints” portrays the Garbaliauskas family portrait, whose history is marked by a trip from Lithuania through Australia, Canada, and Brazil to the United States.


© Robert Dash “Micro climate change”


Next to the Žaliakalnis funicular, photographs “Micro climate change” by the American photographer Robert Dash are settled down. This series is a natural response to climate change, seen on a micro scale. Photographs show details of refined flora and fauna, mystery, power and vulnerability. The photographer reveals a surrealistic conversation of plant leaves, seeds and the most detailed details.


© Anup Shah “Migration”


In the Lithuanian zoological garden, near the giraffes’ – in the series of Anup Shah, “Migration”, is a much unexpected angle of exotic animals. By the dynamic sward of wildlife migration the author mentions the human desire and motivation to survive.

The opening events of the 15th KAUNAS PHOTO festival will take place on September 1st and 7th, and the events will continue until mid-October.

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest-running annual international photo art festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. Since its first edition in 2004, it’s been organised by the NGO „Šviesos raštas“ and is regarded to be one of the most important continuous art events in the country. KAUNAS PHOTO is a member of „Festivals of Light“ organisation. The founder and the director of the festival is Mindaugas Kavaliauskas.

KAUNAS PHOTO is supported by Lithuanian Culture Council, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Kaunas City Municipality, EPSON.

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.

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.