Results of the Kaunas Photo 2017 Open Call

The KAUNAS PHOTO 2017 Open Call collected a high number of quality proposals. Consequently, due to a high number of neighboring scores of the best-voted portfolios, as well as single-point steps of difference between them, the planned TOP 4 list was extended to TOP16.
Names in bold selected for exhibitions, sequence does not show actual ratings. TOP 16:
  • Barry Rosenthal (USA) – Found in Nature

  • Jorge Fuembuena (Spain) – End of Cathedrals

  • Elina Ruka (Latvia-USA) – Untitled

  • Giovanni Presutti (Italy) – Plastic islands

  • Jorma Mueller (Finland-Switzerland) – Their Souls Run Beneath

  • César Dezfuli (Spain) – Passengers

  • Justyna Mielnikiewicz (Poland-Georgia) – A Ukraine runs through it

  • Andrey Semyonov (Russia) – Invasion
  • Turi Calafato (Italy) – A day at the beach (Summer in Sicily)

  • Paivi Koskinen (Finland) – Monday

  • Mayumi Suzuki (Japan) – The Restoration Will

  • Jan Caga (Czech Republic) Danube – the Blue River
  • Tymon Markowski (Poland) – Brda

  • Yann Wang Preston (UK) – Mother River

  • Pierfrancesco Celada (Italy) – #Instagrampier, Hong Kong

  • John Trotter (USA) – Untitled

According to the initial plan, works of all TOP4 artists would be included in the festival’s program. After the extension of the list, at least 8 of the artists will have works exhibited, and one of them will find out to have been chosen as the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Winner.
A joint team of curators of KAUNAS PHOTO festival and KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY has taken a decision regarding the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2017 Winner, whose exhibition will be held at KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY, with the opening on September 1, 2017.

Artists selected from the KAUNAS PHOTO 2017 Open Call for „Beach Season“ – Intro Exhibition of KAUNAS PHOTO 2017, starting on June 1 and running through September 3, 2017

  • Turi Calafato (Italy) A day at the beach(Summer in Sicily)

  • Celine Diais (France) See the sea

  • Marton Kallai (Hungary) Solotvyno – A Dream of Salt

  • Krzystof Racoń (Poland) Zakrzowek

  • Emily Wabitsch (Germany-Bangladesh) From Cox’s with Love

Artists, selected from Open Call for the Main program, starting September 1, 2017 and outdoor exhibitions, started to be held from end of May, 2017:

  • Tymon Markowski (Poland) Brda

  • John Trotter (USA) Untitled, about the Coloraro River

  • Jari Silomäki (Finland) My weather diary

  • Päivi Koskinen (Finland) Monday

  • Eugenijus Barzdžius (Lithuania) Vask

  • Jan Caga (Czech Republic) Danube River

  • Yan Preston (UK) Mother River

  • Russ Flat (New Zealand) Take Me to the River

  • Todd Johnson (Australia) Fossils

  • Matthew Moore (USA) Seascapes

  • Monsieur Kurtis (France) Light the River

  • Pierfrancesco Celada (Italy) #Instagrampier, Hong Kong

A total of 17 artists selected from the KAUNAS PHOTO 2017 Open Call via
For arrangements, above listed selected artists, will be contacted by Mid-June.

Artistic residencies will be announced on or by the end of June, together with the entire progam of the festival.

Apologies for the delay and appreciations for your patience!

Feature picture: Todd Johnson’s “Fossils”, above: exhibition of “Fossils” on the square at the foot of Žaliakalnis funicular.

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.