Visit exhibitions by bicycle, scooter or trolley

On 21st of September, Friday, at 2 pm. KAUNAS PHOTO festival invites to guided tour of outdoor exhibitions at Chechnya Square (P. Lukšio str.) and Kalniečiai park. The exibitions will be visited by foot, by bicycle, by scooter or trolley. All are welcome. This idea is dedicated to commemorate the day without cars. The tour will start at Chechnya Square next to exhibition by Joana P. Cardozo.

During the tour exhibitions by Joana P. Cardozo (USA) “Blueprints, our home is the reflection of ourselves” and David Ellingsen (Canada) “The Last Stand” will be visited.

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


Exhibition opening / “Silver Garden” by Emilija Petrauskienė

On July 13th at 5:30 PM the exhibition „Silver Garden” by Emilija Petrauskienė will take place in the VDU Botanical garden. The author of exhibition will attend and answer the questions of audience during the opening.

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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 comes to zoo: artistic education for visitors and giraffes

2018 Sunday, July 1, at 2 pm KAUNAS PHOTO festival will present Anup Shah exhibition “Migrations” at the Lithuanian Zoo in Kaunas. The 15th Photographic Festival invites you to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Lithuanian Zoo. Anup Shah, from an extremely close and intimate distance, looks at African animals and discusses migration and the desire of a natural person to survive. The exhibition will be opened until October 28 in 2018, near giraffes under the open sky.

According to photographer Anup Shah, the main human desire is to survive. Often survival involves changing the living environment. Author wondered: Is there a parallel world to the human-centric world we have created where migration takes place as a matter of course? Does that primeval urge residing in wild minds help us to see the more complex human motivation to move in a different way? The photographer have known the land called Mara for a long period of time during which I have grown to love it and to feel for its wild animals. Here, wild animals routinely migrate in search of water and food. Using a close, intimate point of view as well as a consistent format, he waited and waited for the key moments. “I determined to frame my response as a visual series hoping to show motion in survival.” – says Anup Shah. This risky body of work, which had heavy investment and three years of commitment to get it right, is a visual attempt at migration in a wild habitat inviting us to re-examine, even revise, our own urges to move to pastures anew. The director of KAUNAS PHOTO festival Mindaugas Kavaliauskas is joking that this exhibition of photography will not only extend the Kaunas Zoological Garden, but also giraffe, who will observe the exposition as if from a party, will introduce the tribal people in Africa.

Anup Shah received a call from the National Geographic that most photographers dream of, for his first assignment for the magazine in 2001. This was followed by seven more assignments and then publication of three photography driven books for the New York art publisher, Abrams. By now Anup had got fascinated by Fine Art photography and wondered if he could hit the sweet spot between documentary and fine art photography. His latest project, published in book form “The Mara” is an attempt to have the viewer feel what it is like to feel intimate with wild animals and thereby feel a primeval connection. Anup was featured in The World’s Top Wildlife Photographers book (Rotovision 2004) and in Horzu magazine (February 2010) as one of the five best wildlife photographers in the world. He is also one of the 10 ‘Masters’ featured in the book Masters of Nature Photography (Natural History Museum September 2013). Anup has exhibited solo at venues such as Visa Pour l’Image (Perpignan, France), Umbria World Festival (Italy), Konica-Minolta Gallery (Tokyo), Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa (India) and was part of group exhibition at The Natural History Museum (London).

The exhibition is opened every day from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. (cash desks are open until 18:00).
The exposition is located in the Lithuanian Zoological Garden, near the giraffes. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to purchase a zoo visitor ticket, thus contributing to animal welfare. (Ticket prices: for adults € 5, children € 3, children under 5 years old – free of charge.)

Organizer of the exhibition: KAUNAS PHOTO festival, partner: The Lithuanian Zoo. Sponsors of KAUNAS PHOTO festival: Lithuanian Culture Council, Kaunas City Municipality, Epson.

KAUNAS PHOTO festivalis kviečia į turą po parodas dviračiais

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Rugsėjo 13 d., trečiadienį, 18 val., XIV-asis KAUNAS PHOTO festivalis, kuris savo programoje tyrinėja vandens temą, kauniečius ir miesto svečius kviečia į turą po festivalio lauko parodas dviračiais. Susitikimo ir turo pradžios vieta – skveras prie Kauno apskrities valstybinės mokesčių inspekcijos (Juozapavičiaus pr. 57), kuriame eksponuojama autorių Paolo Woods ir Gabriele Galimberti paroda „Rojai. Metinė ataskaita“. Turą po lauko parodas dviračiai ves Lietuvos dviratininkų bendrijos narys-gidas Linas Vainius ir parodų kuratorius Mindaugas Kavaliauskas. Renginys nemokamas ir atviras visiems.

Todd Johnson (Australija) “Fosilijos”, Žaliakalnio funikulieriaus papėdė

Turo po lauko parodas dviračiais koncepciją įkvėpė XIV-ojo KAUNAS PHOTO tema – „Vanduo“. Festivalio parodose vandens motyvas atskleidžiamas ne tik per humoro prizmę, bet taip pat akcentuojamos vis opesnėmis tampančios ekologijos, klimato kaitos problemos. Todėl festivalio organizatoriai kviečia nors kelioms valandoms automobilius iškeisti į dviračius ir tokiu būdu nors maža dalimi prisidėti prie gamtos puoselėjimo.

Linas Vainius ir Mindaugas Kavaliauskas miestiečius išsamiai supažindins su trejomis KAUNAS PHOTO festivalio lauko parodomis: Paolo Woods (Hiatis) ir Gabriele Galimberti (Italija) „Rojai. Metinė ataskaita“, skveras Juozapavičiaus pr. 57; australo Todd Johnson „Fosilijos“, Žaliakalnio funikulieriaus papėdė, V. Putvinskio g. ir Katerina Mistal (Švedija) „Europos žymėjimas“, aikštė prie Kauno pilies.

XIV-asis KAUNAS PHOTO festivalis taip pat kviečia aplankyti Bertos Tilmantaitės parodą „Iš vandens“ eksponuojamą Čečėnijos aikštėje. Nuo rugsėjo vidurio Kauno miesto centre, ant buvusio „Merkurijaus“ tvoros nuguls festivalio meninių rezidencijų autorių: Andreas Müller-Pohle (Vokietija), Dorota Dawidowicz (Lenkija), Jari Silomäki (Suomija) Kaune sukurti fotografijų darbai.

KAUNAS PHOTO festivalio lauko parodos veiks iki spalio pabaigos, o paroda ant „Merkurijaus“ tvoros – iki kitų metų kovo mėn.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival presents the outdoor exhibition at Žaliakalnis hill

The 14th edition of the international photography festival KAUNAS PHOTO launched the exhibition „Fossils“ by the Australian artist Todd Johnson on the 27th of May. The outdoor  display is located at the foot of Žaliakalnis hill where the famous funicular cable car operates. The exhibition continues until the 31st of October.

© Todd Johnson (Australia) “Fossils” Film buried for 6 months, 3 weeks and 2 days

„Fossils“ is presented in the context of this year’s festival theme „Water“. This series is a result of  a collaboration in between the artist and nature. The displayed photographs are prints from photographic slides, that were submerged in water for a prolonged period of time. Affected by moisture, minerals and contamination the slides displayed transformations in colour and texture. This direct link in between photography and water speaks of beauty and chaos found in nature.

Normally the captions of photographic works provide the details about the type of film or camera used, technical parameters like shutter speed, aperture, film speed or the type of lens.
Todd Johnson chooses the unconventional way of making marks on photographic material and provides us with the detailed description of his method. The duration for which the light sensitive surface is exposed to light determines the image. One hundredth or even a one thousandth of a second is enough to capture the moment photographically.

However the captions for “Fossils” series give us the information on exposure lasting as long as weeks, months and years, during which the soil, water and moisture slowly carve the image into a film. Time in photography is comparable to running water, sharing the beauty and effects of erosion. The cracked image surface resembles paintings and the materiality of the medium.


© Todd Johnson (Australia) “Fossils” Film transparency buried for 5 months, 1 week and 6 days

Todd Johnson is an Australian artist and educator who lectures in photography at Deakin University, MIBT and Australian Catholic University. His research interests include photographic authorship, indexicality and materialism in the digital age. Todd Johnson has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He has published his work in numerous international journals and magazines such as „Sneaky Magazine“, „Art Ascent: International Art Journal“, „Blame Magazine“ and „Aint Bad Magazine“.

© Todd Johnson (Australia) “Fossils” Film transparency submerged in a river for 8 months, 1 week and 2 days

Todd Johnson’s „Fossils“ is a third KAUNAS PHOTO exhibition at the foot of Žaliakalnis hill. Italian photographer Paolo Fusco exhibited his series „Today is … birthday“ in 2016 and the American collaborative duo Hillerbrand and Magsamen showed their „Mandala“ work in 2015.
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.
It is supported by Lithuanian Culture Council, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Kaunas City Council.
President Valdas Adamkus is the patron of the festival.


Festivalio KAUNAS PHOTO paroda po atviru dangumi papuošė Vilkiją

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Tryliktus metus iš eilės organizuojamas fotomeno festivalis KAUNAS PHOTO, šiemet fotografijų paroda po atviru dangumi džiugina Vilkijos miestelio gyventojus ir jo svečius.  Vilkijos miestelio kelto prieigose liepos mėnesio pabaigoje nusidriekė Amerikoje gyvenančio lietuvio fotomenininko Edžio Jurčio paroda – „Skrodžiant vandenis“, kurioje pristatomi nuo 2000 iki 2008 m. fiksuoti vaizdai plaukiojant keltais Jungtinėse Amerikos Valstijose: Niujorke, Naujajame Džersyje, Floridoje ir Vašingtone. E. Jurčio fotografijų paroda Vilkijoje bus eksponuojama iki spalio vidurio.

© Edis Jurčys (JAV) "Skrodžiant vandenis"
© Edis Jurčys (JAV) “Skrodžiant vandenis”

„Kiekvieną kartą keliaudamas stebiu aplink mane esančius žmones. Todėl dauguma fotografijų – tai įspūdžiai, patirti kelionėse keltu. Keltai skrodžia plačius vandenis, įveikia didelius atstumus, todėl savo vietose įsikūrę žmonės paprastai ima bendrauti vieni su kitais arba žvalgytis aplinkui. Esu fotografas ir suku ratus po keltą, stengdamasis netrukdyti kitiems žmonėms. Yra tiek daug visko, ko apie juos niekada nesužinosiu… Kiekvienas jų turi savą istoriją, vietą ir laiką. Kodėl išsirengė keliauti, ką ruošiasi pamatyti kitoje perplauktų vandenų pusėje? Aš to nesužinosiu net skvarbiai žvelgdamas pro fotoaparato objektyvą. Kai fotografuoju kelte, stengiuosi užfiksuoti viską, ką matau: mažas detales, atspindžius languose, vandenį, žuvėdras…Visa tai yra kelionės dalis, tarsi viena istorija, jungianti du krantus“, – apie darbų seriją „Skrodžiant vandenis“ pasakoja autorius.

Edis Jurčys (JAV) “Skrodžiant vandenis”, Vilkija, 2016

Edis Jurčys gyvena Portlande, Oregono valstijoje. Yra laisvai samdomas fotografas ir videografas, vykdantis redakcijų užsakymus, dizaino projektus ir kuriantis dokumentinius filmus. Visai neseniai jis kūrė dokumentiką San Franciske, Kanadoje, Japonijoje, Izraelyje, Italijoje ir Lietuvoje. Fotografo darbai pristatyti asmeninėse ir grupinėse parodose Portlande, Sietle, Lietuvoje, Austrijoje, Belgijoje, Vengrijoje, Japonijoje ir Naujojoje Zelandijoje. E. Jurčys gimė Lietuvoje, patirties kino ir fotografijos srityje įgijo Rusijoje, Maskvos laikraščiuose dirbdamas fotožurnalistu. Kino studijas baigė VGIK, Maskvos kino mokykloje. Aštuonerius metus buvo Maskvos televizijos tinklo operatorius. Prasidėjus Sovietų Sąjungos žlugimui, išvyko gyventi į JAV. 2006 m. E. Jurčys darbų seriją „Skrodžiant vandenis“ pristatė festivalyje KAUNAS PHOTO, kur pelnė didžiausią auditorijos palankumą. O 2014 m. festivalis KAUNAS PHOTO fotomenininko parodą pristatė Oklando fotografijos festivalyje Naujojoje Zelandijoje.

KAUNAS PHOTO – ilgiausiai be pertraukų rengiamas kasmetinis tarptautinis fotomeno festivalis Lietuvoje ir Baltijos šalyse. Nuo 2004 m. festivalį organizuoja viešoji įstaiga „Šviesos raštas“. Jis laikomas vienu svarbiausių tęstinių meno renginių Lietuvoje, kurį finansiškai remia Lietuvos kultūros taryba, Lietuvos Respublikos kultūros ministerija, Kauno miesto savivaldybė. Nuo 2016 m. festivalį remia Kauno rajono savivaldybė.  Festivalis bendradarbiauja su Europos fotografijos sąjunga ir yra pasaulinės „Festivals of Light“ organizacijos narys.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival exhibitions about Georgia politics and culture life


The 13th international KAUNAS PHOTO festival, since 2014 is continuing its outdoor exhibitions tradition. As every year residents and guests of Kaunas are invited to visit Chechnya square, where till 2016 October month they have an opportunity to visit photojournalist Artūras Morozovas’ photography series of work Georgia 2008.  There is another possibility to visit one more exhibition on 21th of June at 5:00 p.m. The exhibition is based on the same theme about Georgia and is located at Vincas Kudirka’s public library, P. Lukšio st. 60, “Lelo burti. Fight for 16 kg of honour”.


The exhibition of photos at Chechnya square will take visitors back into August of 2008. During that time in Georgia two Russian military detachments crossed South Ossetia region and sparked conflicts which ended that two Georgian regions were annexation by Russia. The series of photography with short descriptions of authors experiences reveal what kind of feelings he had during his journey around Georgia.


The exhibition “Lelo burti. Fight for 16kg of honour” at Vitebskas library introduce visitors with Lelo competition, the sport who was once played all across the country and dating back 300  years.  Now held only in Georgian village of Shukhuti and played once a year at Orthodox Easter. “On the eve of the match the entire village of Shukhuti comes to a service at the local church. The next day, the ball is brought from Tbilisi, where a new ball is sewn every year, filled with sawdust and sand from the village. The ball weights about 16kg. Once the ball is ready, it’s brought to the local church. Two teams play: the objective is to push the ball into the opposing team’s end of the village. Whoever does it first, wins”, tells the author of exhibition A. Morozovas.

Artūras Morozovas started his active work 9 years ago and every time he appears in the centre of the most important events. The best known series of works of this artist are created during the Ukraine conflict, trips in the northern part of Russia and Palestine. During the last few years photographer was making reportages about refugees in Lesbos Island, Greece, Macedonia, Austria and other countries. His photo camera did not skip attacks in Paris. A. Morozovas is constantly travelling all over the world and here is now in Lithuania, where he started creating a new series of works named “Gilyn į Lietuvą”. His strongest sides are intensive work and dedication for it as well as ability to rise problems of the world. Photojournalist earned various awards. His photo works were published in The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, DailyMail, Le Nouvel Observateur and in others sources. Images and video footage, captured in Ukraine were used for a documentary film Winter On Fire which is available on NETFLIX. This film was nominated for The Academy Awards, or “Oscars”.

You can find more information about photojournalist Artūras Morozovas here >>