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”

KAUNAS PHOTO 2019. Open lecture “The Internet as a place”

On October 2, 2019, Vytautas Magnus University Multifunctional Center for Studies and Research (V. Putvinskio St. 23-106) hosted an open lecture “The Internet as a place” by the photographer Heinrich Holtgreve (Germany), in the presence of the cybersecurity expert Dr. Ignas Kalpokas. The lecture was moderated by the professor Kristina Juraitė, Head of the VMU department of Public Communication. The free event was open to everyone and was held in English language.

The thematic program “Digital-Virtual-Real” of the 16th festival KAUNAS PHOTO explored the impact of digital technologies on lifestyle. The lecture at Vytautas Magnus University was one of the events of KAUNAS PHOTO festival aimed to raise a public debate on relevant current affairs.


KAUNAS PHOTO 2019. Sidewalk talk: Intellectuals’ Roads in Lithuania

On September 17, 2019, KAUNAS PHOTO festival invited everyone to “Sidewalk talk: Intellectuals’ Roads in Lithuania” – the meeting with the authors Viktoras Bachmetjevas and Vilius Dranseika next to their outdoor exhibition at Emmanuel Levinas square (V. Putvinskio St. 22, at the foot of Žaliakalnis Funicular).

“Intellectuals’ roads in Lithuania” by V. Bachmetjevas and V. Dranseika is a collection of images from google maps of the roads and streets baptized by the names of philosophers. This project emerged as a goal and an opportunity to see what is the role of an intellectual in a society.

Viktoras Bachmetjevas is a philosopher, associate professor of VMU Department of Philosophy. Bachmetjevas is engaged in the research of modern ethics, he is particularly interested in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and Søren Kierkegaard. Bachmetjevas is one of the conceivers and initiators of the idea to name the area neighboring Žaliakalnis funicular after Emmanuel Levinas. In 2015, it was officiallynamed E. Levinas square.

Vilius Dranseika, who contributed to the implementation of the exhibition, is a philosopher engaged in the study and promotion of moral psychology and experimental philosophy, lecturer at Vilnius University.

KAUNAS PHOTO 2019 outdoor exhibitions are on display until October 31.

KAUNAS PHOTO 2019. Maciek Jazwiecki’s “PolandTech” – how innovations and technology affect our everyday life

On September 11, 2019, Vytautas Magnus University Multifunctional Center for Studies and Research (V. Putvinskio St. 23, Kaunas) hosted the opening of the exhibtion “PolandTech” by the Polish photographer Maciek Jazwiecki, followed by an open lecture “Communicating Tech Communities”. These events were a part of the festival’s thematic program “Digital-Virtual-Real”, which explores the impact of digital technologies on lifestyle.

Maciek Jazwiecki’s project “PolandTech” is a photographic story about Poland, the country of Europe, in which the technological boom is visible more than anywhere else. According to the author, Poland is becoming a major European tech startup hub. Photographer tries to show places, social groups and people who develop modern technology, create it, popularize it or use it as a work tool. Through a multithreaded perspective M. Jazwiecki documents the most active group of Poles who are not afraid to use modern solutions and ideas. The story consists of many threads, from lesson of programming for children, through 3d printing and holograms technology to virtual reality, gamers’ world and building prototypes.

After the opening of the exhibition, an open lecture “Communicating Tech Communities” took place in the presence of the photographer in an auditorium of the same Center. The author presented his work and shared his thoughts on the modern world and the interaction of society with technology. The lecture was moderated by the professor Kristina Juraitė, Head of the VMU department of Public Communication.


Real. Portfolio reviews 2019

On Friday, September 6, 2019, KAUNAS PHOTO 2019 festival held portfolio reviews – one of the most effective ways of providing visibility for contemporary photographers. KAUNAS PHOTO portfolio reviews on a global scale are small, but higly productive events, aiming to provide quality meetings for photographers with qualified experts in practice, like curators, museologists, representatives of galleries and festivals, who are in position of decision-making and disseminating the creative work of the participants. On the other hand, it aims to create the possibility for the team of experts to get aquainted with the valuable work of talented photography artists.

The international team of portfolio reviewers of the 16th edition of the festival:

  • Angela Sheard (Bradford, UK) – Impressions Gallery – Associate Curator
  • Sam Mercer (London, UK) – The Photographers’ Gallery – Producer of the digital programme
  • Grzegorz Jarmocewicz (Bialystok, Poland) – Bialystok INTERPHOTO – Art Director
  • Mindaugas Kavaliauskas (Kaunas, Lithuania) – Kaunas Photo Festival – Director
  • Gintarė Krasuckaitė (Kaunas, Lithuania) – Kaunas Photography Gallery – Curator
  • Dr. Rūta Kačkutė (Vilnius, Lithuania) – National Museum of Lithuania – Director
  • Deima Žuklytė-Gasperaitienė (Vilnius, Lithuania) – MO Museum – Curator
  • Brigita Sinickienė (Vilnius, Lithuania) – MO Museum – Project Manager
  • Valentinas Juraitis (Vilnius, Lithuania) – “Vyzdys” Publisher, Curator


Fotografijos festivalyje – paskaita apie interneto įtaką pasauliui ir geopolitikai

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Nors Lietuva didžiuojasi greičiausiu pasaulyje internetu viešose vietose, mes pernelyg retai susimąstome apie šio įrankio didžiulę įtaką pasauliui ir geopolitiniams procesams. Šie klausimai bus aptarti atviroje paskaitoje „The Internet as a place“ („Internetas kaip vieta“), kuri vyks spalio 2 d., trečiadienį, 13 val., VDU mokslo ir studijų centre (V. Putvinskio g. 23-106). Paskaitą praves vokiečių fotografas Heinrichas Holtgreve, dalyvaujantis 16-ajame tarptautiniame fotomeno festivalyje „Kaunas Photo“.

Vytauto Didžiojo universitete (VDU) vyksianti paskaita bus vienas iš festivalio „Kaunas Photo“ renginių, skirtų visuomenei aktualioms diskusijoms. Šių metų festivalio tema „Skaitmeninis-Virtualus-Tikras“ kviečia sutelkti dėmesį į virtualaus pasaulio procesus, skaitmeninio gyvenimo būdo pasekmes, duomenų srautus, ryšius, elektroninius nusikaltimus ir saugumą, mašinų mokymąsi, stebėjimą, automatizavimą, grėsmes ir trapias ribas. Organizatoriai atkreipia dėmesį, jog fotografija, o ypač dokumentinė, dažnai naudojama kaip įrankis paviešinti aktualias visuomenines ir socialines-politines temas.

„Globali interneto tinklo infrastruktūra yra nemenkas iššūkis valstybėms, jų nacionaliniams interesams, o sykiu ir XXI amžiaus demokratijos išbandymas. Dezinformacijos ir propagandos kampanijos, netikros naujienos, manipuliuojami faktai, kibernetinės atakos ir duomenų apsaugos pažeidimai tampa šiuolaikinio gyvenimo realybe. Kaip šie procesai veikia valstybes, jų geopolitinius naratyvus ir pagaliau pilietinę visuomenę bei jos institucijas? Šie klausimai domina akademikus, politikus, meno bendruomenę ir bet kurį kritiškai mąstantį pilietį“, – būsimos paskaitos temą pristatė jos moderatorė, VDU Viešosios komunikacijos katedros vedėja, profesorė Kristina Juraitė.

Pagrindinėje festivalio parodoje M. Žilinsko dailės galerijoje šiuo metu rodomas paskaitos lektoriaus Heinricho Holtgreve (Vokietija) fotografinis tyrimas apie internetą kaip fizinę ir administracinę infrastruktūrą, kuri sujungia pasaulio miestus, šalis ir žemynus šviesolaidiniais kabeliais. Kiekvieną dieną šiais kabeliais perduodami milžiniški duomenų kiekiai. Pasak darbo autoriaus, jo susidomėjimą šia tema paskatino viename internetiniame tinklaraštyje paskelbtas straipsnis apie galimus informacijos centralizacijos pavojus. Būtent šis atradimas įkvėpė vokiečių menininką gilintis į interneto fiziškumą.

Pagal interneto kokybę ir greitį matuojančios programėlės „Rotten WiFi“ paskelbtus 2016-ųjų metų duomenis, Lietuva gali didžiuotis pačiu greičiausiu pasaulyje internetu viešosiose vietose. Tačiau, pasak festivalio „Kaunas Photo“ vadovo Mindaugo Kavaliausko, Lietuvoje internetas nėra nagrinėjamas kaip geopolitinis objektas. O vis dėlto vertėtų atkreipti dėmesį į jo pažeidžiamumą ir apsvarstyti, kokias grėsmes jis šiandien patiria.

Vokiečių fotografo Heinricho Holtgreve vieša paskaita „The Internet as a place“ („Internetas kaip vieta“) vyks spalio 2 d., trečiadienį, 13 val., VDU mokslo ir studijų centre (V. Putvinskio g. 23-106, Kaunas). Paskaitoje dalyvaus kibernetinio saugumo ekspertas, VDU docentas dr. Ignas Kalpokas, LR Ambasadorius skaitmeninei darbotvarkei Darius Gaidys, moderatorė – profesorė Kristina Juraitė.

Nemokamas renginys atviras visiems ir vyks anglų kalba.

KAS? Atvira paskaita „The Internet as a place“ su Heinrich Holtgreve (Vokietija).
KUR? VDU mokslo ir studijų centre, 106 auditorijoje (V. Putvinskio g. 23)
KADA? Spalio 2 d., trečiadienį, 13 val.

KAUNAS PHOTO – ilgiausiai be pertraukų rengiamas kasmetis tarptautinis fotomeno festivalis Lietuvoje ir Baltijos šalyse. Nuo 2004 m. festivalį organizuoja viešoji įstaiga „Šviesos raštas“. Festivalis laikomas vienu svarbiausių tęstinių meno renginių Lietuvoje. Festivalis yra pasaulinės organizacijos „Festivals of Light“ narys. Festivalio įkūrėjas ir vadovas – Mindaugas Kavaliauskas.

Instituciniai rėmėjai: Lietuvos kultūros taryba, Kauno miesto savivaldybė.

Paskaitos partneris: Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival 10-11 | Guided tour & Artist talk

On 11th of October, KAUNAS PHOTO festival invited to guided tour at M. Žilinskas Art Gallery. Photographer Evžen Sobek (Czech Republic) presented his work “Home Sweet Home”.


KAUNAS PHOTO festival 10-07 | Presentation of “Migration” by Anup Shah (UK) at Lithuanian Zoo Garden

On 7th of October, Lithuanian Zoo Garden celebrated the World Wildlife Day. This is why KAUNAS PHOTO festival presented exhibition “Migration” by Anup Shah (UK) for the visitors. Exhibition at the Lithuanian Zoo Garden on display till 31st of October.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival 09 26-27 | Guided tours & Artist talks

On 26 and 27 of September KAUNAS PHOTO festival invited to the artist talks.

On 26th of September, at Kaunas city council Vincas Kudirka public library, department of youth music and art photographer Andrej Vasilenko (Lithuania) presented “This is Vilnius”.

On 27th of September, at M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art photographer Tadas Kazakevičius (Lithuania) presented “Soon to be Gone” and Mindaugas Kavaliauskas the director of the festival invited to the guided tour.