KAUNAS PHOTO 2019 “Digital-Virtual-Real” opening day

On September 5, 2019, KAUNAS PHOTO festival kicked-off with “Digital-Virtual-Real” thematic exhibition openings.

At 5 pm the exhibition was opened in the Museum of Lithuanian Education History. The works of 2 artists are showcased in the Museum:

Diogo Maya (Portugal) “Signs of Life”
Henrik Kam (USA) “Mandalas for Planet Earth”

At 6 pm the exhibition was inaugurated at M. Žilinskas Art Gallery. The Gallery hosts the largest part of the program, featuring 10 international photographers and artists:

Hannes Wiedemann (Germany) “Grinders”
Irina Popova (Russia / The Netherlands) “The Incomplete Princess Book”
Michele Borzoni (Italy) “Workforce. Call Centers + Logistic Centers”
Travis Hodges (UK) “The Quantified Self”
Larson & Shindelman (USA) “Geolocation: #Gratitude”
Heinrich Holtgreve (Germany) “Internet as a place”
Damien Berney (Switzerland) “Scrolldown”
Dávid Biró (Hungary) “Front End”
Elizabeth Claffey (USA) “The Ordinary and the Domestic”
Nigel Dickinson (UK) “China Big Brother”

The day culminated with KAUNAS PHOTO NIGHT at 10 pm in the summer terrace “Laukas”, where projections of photographs were shown and artists participating in the festival talked about their work. 8 international artists visiting the festival presented their works: Agata Wieczorek (Poland), Paulo Simão (Portugal), Kai Löffelbein (Germany), Marko Zink (Austria), Maxime Matthys (Belgium), John Angerson (UK), Irina Popova (Russia / The Netherlands), Diogo Maia (Portugal).

The night concluded with an intriguing live-coding performance. Guoda Kaminskė and Andrius Palivonas shared their musical experiments and hypnotizing visuals accompanied by an electric guitar.

The festival’s opening events resumed the following day with portfolio reviews and “KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Finalists” exhibition openings across 5 venues in Kaunas old town. The route finished at Kaunas photography gallery with the announcement of the Winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award.

KAUNAS PHOTO’19 exhibitions can be visited from September 5 to October 6. Outdoor exhibitions are on display until October 31.

Finalists Announced – KAUNAS PHOTO 2019 Open Call & KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award

The call closed, congratulations to the finalists:
Kai Löffelbein (Germany) “Ctrl-X. a topography of e-waste”
Maxime Matthys (Belgium) “2091 : The Ministry of Privacy”
Christopher Sims (USA) “Theater of War: The Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan”
Samuel W. J. Fordham (UK) “C-R92/BY”
Marko Zink (Austria) “Mauthausen – The Eradication of Memories”
John Angerson (UK) “On this Day”
Agata Wieczorek (Poland) “Simulation Centers”
Paulo Simão (Portugal) “Goodbye Pyongyang”

The winner will be announced on September 6, during the opening of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Finalists’ exhibition.
See you in Kaunas!

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest-running annual photographic festival in the Baltic States, based in Kaunas, Lithuania, since 2004. Maintaining its strong international character, KAUNAS PHOTO is a platform of priemieres of emerging talents.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival announces an Open Call for its 16th edition, inviting photographers to propose their works and offering exhibiting opportunities as well as participation at New KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award, consisting of a solo exhibition at the largest photography gallery in the Baltic States, Kaunas Photography Gallery and a 2500 EUR monetary prize.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival opening events will start on September 5 and 6, 2019.

Who can submit? What works are expected?

For inclusion into the festival, works on the theme “Digital – Virtual – Real”, exploring the lifestyles impacted by digital technologies, are welcome. All styles, genres of photography focusing on processes, consequences of digitized lifestyle, data flow, communication, cyber-crime and -security, machine learning, surveillance, automation, etc. Works created benefitting of digital technologies, such as VR, AR are equally welcome.

KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Award is topic free. Any solidly built photographic story or a robust conceptual, aesthetic work presentable in a series of 12-15 images is accepted. If video, VR, AR materials submitted, or they are inseparable part of a project, the set of 12-15 static images must be accompanied by links to youtube or vimeo addresses, included in the description of work. Images can be screenshots or views of exhibition installations. No single images, please.

All Photographers/Artists, regardless of their age, nationality and place of residence are invited to submit work. KAUNAS PHOTO festival is known for its focus on documentary, but all styles, genres and approaches to photography are accepted and exhibited. Both completed works and those in progress can are welcomed.

Photographers/Artists with KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award in focus, should ask themselves – “is my work ready for a space of 200 square metres?”.

If Photographers / Artists wish that their works remain unpublished until the festival a „DO NOT SHARE ON SOCIAL NETWORKS“ note should be included.

(Extended) Deadline – July 19, 2019, 23:59 entrant’s local time.

Photographers/Artists are encouraged to enter works as early as possible, since the festival curatorial team will be reviewing and studying submissions as soon as they will be arriving.

Entry consists of:

  • title of the work;
  • 12-15 images (2400 px on the longer side, JPG 90% quality);
  • short description of the work (up to 250 words);
  • short written BIO (up to 250 words), follwed by photographer’s contacts: email, phone number/s, mailing address.
  • Non-refundable entry fee of 25 EUR, per series entered, payable at the time of submission. No more than two series per artist.
    For the best of understanding, texts must be in English.
    Entries via LensCulture.com only. Direct link >> https://www.lensculture.com/competitions/kaunas-2019/events

Thematic program and a topic-free competition

Photographers/Artists submitting works to Open Call can be enrolled in Kaunas Photo 2019 in the following ways:

  • [entries on the theme “Digital – Virtual – Real”] can be included into KAUNAS PHOTO festival program: Outdoor exhibitions, presented in squares in Kaunas, Exhibitions in galleries and Projection events; the central thematic exhibition at the M.Žilinskas Art Gallery of the National M.K.Čiurlionis Art Museum and other museum/gallery spaces;
  • [theme not obligatory] KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award – Finalist’s and Winner’s exhibitions.

Third is the team of decision-making curators on the Jury panel, who will review all entries and eventually give them exposure through their platforms, institutions and networks.

The New KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award with 2500 EUR prize

The KAUNAS PHOTO STAR tradition started in 2010, awarding the best participant of portfolio reviews with a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery and paying respect to a probable future star of photography. Since 2018, the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Winner also receives a 2500 EUR prize. Possible income tax obligations, eventually imposed by the country of citizenship of the Winner, will be his/her responsibility. In Lithuania, this prize is tax-exempt.

Open Call from KAUNAS PHOTO festival is followed by the Jury work that will select the shortlist of Finalists. All the shortlisted Photographers/Artists will have their exhibitions at the festival in 2019. The number of Finalists will be recommended by the festival and decided by the Jury. The Winner, selected from the Finalists by a joint board of curators of KAUNAS PHOTO festival and Kaunas Photography Gallery, will celebrate his/her exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery and receive the monetary prize. The decision regarding the Winner cannot be appealed.

The exhibitions of both, Finalists’ and the Winner’s works will open on Friday, September 6, 2019. The KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Winner is only revealed upon opening of the doors of Kaunas Photography Gallery.

Every KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Finalist agrees:

  • to provide the festival with a set of 20 – 35 digital files of print quality and additional materials, if needed: texts, materials for installations, etc. The materials will serve for detailed assessment of projects in the progress of selection of the Winner, as well as for the production of the exhibition, if such decision is taken between KAUNAS PHOTO festival and the Photographer/Artist;
  • to provide information about existing physical exhibitions of works submitted to the Open Call and technical data for logistics, insurance. Based on designated exhibition spaces and other criteria, the festival will either cover the transportation and insurance fees of existing exhibition or produce the exhibition in Lithuania from digital files, provided by the Photographer/Artist;
  • to propose possible ways of exhibiting his or her work, but accept the final decisions of the exhibition architects of KAUNAS PHOTO festival;
  • that no site-specific or content informtion about Finalists’ exhibitions will be disclosed until the date and hours of the exhibition openings.

Every KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Finalist is entitled to:

  • a travel allowance of up to 150 EUR, in return to proof of travel expenses, such as tickets, invoices, receipts of payment, bearing amounts paid, dates of travel, name of the traveller. The allowance is payable during / after the visit to Kaunas. Citizens of European Union countries will receive travel allowance payments via bank transfers;
  • a minimum of two nights of hotel accommodation in Kaunas at a hotel booked by the festival.

The KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 Winner receives:

  • a solo exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery (200 sq. metres), produced or, if exhibition exists and responds to necessary criteria, transported and ensured at expense of KAUNAS PHOTO festival;
  • a monetary prize of 2500 EUR, payable to the Winner’s bank account, after the opening of the exhibition at Kaunas Photography Gallery, but not later than October 31, 2019.

Jury Members:

  • Fred Boucher – Photaumnales festival and Usimage Biennale (Clermont/Beauvais, France), Director
  • Claude Goulet Photo Gaspésie (Quebec, Canada), Director
  • Ieva Meilutė-Svinkūnienė Independent Curator (Vilnius, Lithuania)
  • Anna Dannemann – The Photographers’ Gallery (London, UK), Senior Curator
  • Grzegorz Jarmocewicz InterPhoto festival (Bialystok, Poland), Art Director
  • Kristin KernFotografisk Center (Copenhagen, Denmark), Director
  • Donatas StankevičiusKaunas Photography Gallery (Lithuania), Curator
  • Gintaras ČesonisKaunas Photography Gallery (Lithuania), Director
  • Mindaugas Kavaliauskas – KAUNAS PHOTO festival (Lithuania), Founder & Director

Previous Winners of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award
who have held their exhibitions at Kaunas Photography Gallery:

  • Simon Menner (Germany, 2018)
  • Mayumi Suzuki (Japan, 2017)
  • Julien Lombardi (France, 2016)
  • Jeniffer Thoreson (USA, 2015)
  • Andrejs Strokins (Latvia, 2013)
  • Andrei Liankevich (Belarus, 2012)
  • Luca Zanier (Switzerland, 2011)
  • Eric Lusito (France, 2010)

Simon Menner’s opening speech in his exhibition at KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY. September 1, 2018 © Gintarė Žaltauskaitė

Inclusion into KAUNAS PHOTO festival program

If selected to exhibit at KAUNAS PHOTO festival, Photographers/Artists will be contacted personally. Their names will not appear on KAUNAS PHOTO web site until the announcement of the program of the festival.

In most cases, the works are produced to match site-specific settings at the expense of the festival. If the artists’ works are available to be transported, are in reasonable distance within the EU and match the general idea of exhibition and space in Kaunas, the festival covers transportation and insurance of works.

Non-Finalist artists, included in the KAUNAS PHOTO festival program, are entitled to a hotel accommodation for at least 2 days in Kaunas (at festival’s chosen hotel), only in cases when they are available to be present at exhibition openings or purposely arranged guided tours. A modest contribution to travel costs is offered to all participants of exhibitions, payable after the completion of the trip to Kaunas and based on invoices, receipts.

KAUNAS PHOTO 2019 Timetable

June 14 – July 19, 23:59 – Entrant’s local time – Open Call for entries;
July 23 – Announcement of the Shortlist of Finalists on KaunasPhoto.com and festival’s social profiles
August 2last day for Finalists to transfer 30-40 hi-res images to the festival for exhibition preparations;
From end of June – outdoor exhibitions across Kaunas;
September 5– Openings of exhibitions on the topic “Digital – Virtual – Real”
September 6 – Openings of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2019 exhibition, including the Winner
Until October 6, 2019 – Artist talks, screenings, educational events.

Author’s rights and other legal aspects

While submitting works to the KAUNAS PHOTO 2019 open call via LensCulture, a photographer declares that he/she is the only owner of the economic author’s rights to the pictures submitted. Photographer agrees that the pictures submitted can be reproduced in materials and forms of artistic or media presentation of KAUNAS PHOTO festival outcomes, such as flyers, invitation cards, post cards, posters, catalogs, projections, slideshows, web sites, including but not limited to that of KAUNAS PHOTO festival for unlimited time in unlimited territory without any royalty payments. Entrants accept their responsibility for the right to the image of persons, models, places, objects or trade marks appearing in the pictures submitted to KAUNAS PHOTO festival.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival does not limit the photographers’ /artists’ moral or economic rights to promote, broadcast, exhibit, publish and sell their works submitted to KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s Open Call.

Prints produced by KAUNAS PHOTO festival, can be either left at the festival’s collection or destroyed after the exhibition, based on the decision of the Photographer/Artist.

In 2017, ”The Nemunas Journey” exhibition by Vitus Saloshanka (Belarus/Germany), partly created during two Residencies provided by KAUNAS PHOTO (2015 and 2017), after the first show during the festival in 2017, was presented at Prienai Cultural Centre and Prospektas Gallery of Photography in Vilnius, with artist being present to all opening events, trips & accommodation covered by the inviting parties. In 2019, this exhibition goes to “InterPhoto” festival in Bialystok, Poland. The artist is reinvited. This is just one example of works living on after KAUNAS PHOTO.

About KAUNAS PHOTO festival

KAUNAS PHOTO aims to be the stage for the future stars of photography. Being a part of Photo Festival Union and Festivals Of Light Organization, KAUNAS PHOTO festival is the longest-running photographic festival in the Baltic states is a platform for dialogue around contemporary photographic creation between North and South, East and West.

KAUNAS PHOTO is co-funded by Lithuanian Council for Culture and Kaunas Municipality.
KAUNAS PHOTO STAR partners: Kaunas Photography Gallery, LensCulture.

Enter works until July 19, 2019 (23:59 your local time) via LensCulture

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Exhibition opening. Nemunas Journey by Vitus Saloshanka

On 7th of November, Thuesday, at 6pm, at Prienai Cultural Centre (Vytautas str. 35, Prienai) NGO “Šviesos raštas” invites for the exhibition opening “Nemunas Journey” by Vitus Saloshanka (Belarus/Germany).

Exhibition on display till 8th of December 2017.


Vitus Saloshanka (Baltarusija/Vokeitija) “Kelionė Nemunu”

Sorry, this entry is only available in Lithuanian.

Kelionė Nemunu

Vitus Saloshanka Baltarusija / Vokietija

Tai trijų metų fotografo darbo rezultatas, įgyvendintas trijose šalyse: Baltarusijoje, Lietuvoje ir Rusijoje. Sekdamas Nemuno vingiais, darbų autorius fotografavo besikeičiantį kraštovaizdį, minėtų šalių istorinės ir politinės realybės kontekste.

© Vitus Saloshanka “Kelionė Nemunu”

Vitus Saloshankos fotografinė kelionė Lietuvoje prasidėjo dar 2015 m. fotomeno festivalio KAUNAS PHOTO kontekste kaip maža kūrybinė rezidencija. Dabar užsienio menininkų rezidencijos Lietuvos regionuose peraugo į savarankišką festivalio organizatorių VšĮ „Šviesos raštas“ projektą, o ši paroda Prienuose – vieno ilgalaikio kūrinio kulminacija ir sugrįžimas prie projekto ištakų. Prienų krašte žengti pirmieji serijos kūrimo žingsniai – sukurti pirmieji kadrai, patekę į galutinę serijos atranką.

© Vitus Saloshanka “Kelionė Nemunu”

Nemuno šalį Lietuvą fotografas pristato kaip krepšiniu religingą šalį, kur lentos ir lankai, įrengti pačiose netikėčiausiose vietose: prie pašiūrės ar garažo kaime, prie šventoriaus ar tuščiame lauke. Ir vis tik, dekoras neužstoja esmės – gyvensenos, kurią nori pabrėžti fotografas. „Kelionė Nemunu“ – vienas pirmųjų dokumentinės fotografijos kūrinių, vaizduojančių Lietuvą kaip taikaus gyvenimo, modernią, šalį, kurioje naujos statybos gyvenamųjų namų kiemuose auga.

© Vitus Saloshanka “Kelionė Nemunu”

Nemuno ištakų apylinkės Baltarusijoje – retai apgyvendinta, žmonių pamiršta dalis, kur žemės ūkio veikla ir padargai primena praėjusį šimtmetį. Kai čia pat laukuose auginamos grūdų kultūros, duoną vietos gyventojai perka iš sunkvežimio-parduotuvės, vos kartkartėmis pravažiuojančios pro gyvenvietes. Vis dėlto gamtinė Baltarusijos dalis, o ypač Nemuno ištakos, pelkės, miškai kaip teritorijos forma šiandieninėje Europoje – retenybė.

© Vitus Saloshanka “Kelionė Nemunu”

Kaliningrado srityje jaunuoliai stebi saulėlydį virš aptrupėjusių betono blokų ar žaidžia nublukusių betoninių džiunglių kiemuose. Militaristinės nuotaikos dominuoja ne vien peizaže, bet taip pat jaučiamos ir gyvenimo ritme. Kaliningradas kaip šalis atribota nuo žemyninės Rusijos, atrodo, kad nuo Europos taip pat bando atsiriboi betoninėmis sienomis.

© Vitus Saloshanka “Kelionė Nemunu”

Trys skirtingos šalys, kerinti gamta, upės tėkmė, naujoji karta – visos šios, sudedamosios dalys pasakoja apie viltį, ateitį, atgimimą. Tačiau karinės detalės, užfiksuotos Vitus Saloshankos fotografijose suteikia aliuziją į sudėtingas problemas, kartu kalba apie šalių praeitį, o taip pat ir ryškėjančius gyvensenos skirtumus.

Vitus Saloshanka gimė 1974 m., Minske, Baltarusijoje. Nuo 2001 m. gyvena ir dirba Vokietijoje. Po teisės studijų baigimo spontaniškai pasinėrė į fotografiją ir 2004 m. pradėjo jos studijas taikomųjų mokslų universitete Dortmunde, Vokietijoje. Vitus Saloshankos fotografijos buvo plačiai eksponuotos įvairiuose pasaulio kraštuose, tarp kurių Müllheim/Ruhr muziejuje ir Photokina Cologne galerijoje. 2011 m. fotografo projektui „didelės viltys“ buvo suteikta Kulturwek VG Bild-Kunst fondo stipendija, o po metų foto knygų festivalyje, Kaselyje Vitus Saloshanka nominuotas „Dummy“ apdovanojimui. 2014 m. jo pirmosios knygos projektas „didelės viltys“ buvo nominuotos „Autoriaus knygos apdovanojimui“, Arlyje, Prancūzijoje, o 2012 – 2014 m. laikotarpiu ji buvo eksponuota įvairiose knygų parodose: Amsterdame, Braitone, Dortmunde, Dubline, Helsinkyje, Malmėje, Paryžiuje ir Tokijuje.

Viešosios įstaigos „Šviesos raštas“ projekto „Užsienio fotomenininkų rezidencijos Lietuvos regionuose“ tikslas – pritraukti menininkus ne vien į Lietuvos miestus, bet ir regionus, kelti jų susidomėjimą tapatybėmis, kultūros, peizažo išskirtinumu, socialiniais klausimais, kasdienybe, džiaugsmais, sunkumais ir kurti naują šiuolaikinės Lietuvos regionų fotografinę ikonografiją. Fotografų Lietuvoje sukurti darbai ne vien leis sutelkti vietos bendruomenes ar jaunimą kūrinio vystymo procese, tačiau taip pat garsins vietovės vardą pasauliniame fotografijos meno kontekste.

Projektas „Užsienio fotomenininkų rezidencijos Lietuvos regionuose“ 2017 m. taip pat įgyvendinamas Veisiejuose ir Druskininkuose.

Projekto rėmėjai ir partneriai:

Lietuvos Respublikos kultūros ministerija
Lietuvos kultūros taryba
Druskininkų savivaldybė
Prienų kultūros ir laisvalaikio centras
Lazdijų rajono savivaldybės Veisiejų seniūnija ir Veisiejų kultūros namai.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival will introduce students to the Lithuanian- Australian photography legend

KAUNAS PHOTO festival, now in it’s 14th edition, starts the educational programme “Olegas Truchanas: Lithuanian and Australian legend” for the regional schools on the 3rd of May. The introduction to the famous Lithuanian expat’s expeditions into the wild of Tasmania and his photographic work focusing on ecology will be presented by the culturologist, ethnographer, traveller Jonas Nekrašius and KAUNAS PHOTO director Mindaugas Kavaliauskas.

Jonas Nekrašius presents Olegas Truchanas in Kražiai Žygimantas Liauksminas high school.

The goals of the educational programme are to introduce the undeservedly unknown photographer to Lithuanian youths, and also nurture their connection to nature, ecological awareness and public spirit. Olegas Truchanas and his merit in the fields of conservation and photography will be presented in a documentary, screened at schools, and followed by a discussion. KAUNAS PHOTO director Mindaugas Kavaliauskas and Jonas Nekrašius will visit five schools: Kražiai Žygimantas Liauksminas high school in Kelmė district, Pakruojis „Žemyna“ secondary school, Joniškis “Aušra” high school, Leipalingis secondary school and Seirijai A.Žmuidzinavičius high school.

Jonas Nekrašius presents Olegas Truchanas in Kražiai Žygimantas Liauksminas high school.

Olegas Truchanas, the most famous Lithuanian- Australian, was born in Šiauliai in 1923 and died in 1972 during the photographic expedition in Tasmania. He moved to Australia after the second world war and and then settled in Tasmania. His passion for traveling and exploring extended into his photographic practice, which he then used to educate and raise ecological awareness. Whilst still in Lithuania, Olegas learned to care and look after every part of nature, however in Australia at the time nature was seen as a resource to be used. His day job was at a company building hydroelectric power plants, however he dedicated all of his spare time for the care and conservation of Tasmanian landscape, at least through photography. His job didn’t allow him to publicly speak out against the hydroelectric power plants and the effect it has on the landscape. However Olegas Truchanas travelled around the country organizing events, where he would project his photographic slides accompanied by dramatic music, and these were attended by thousands of people. The legend was born.

Mindaugas Kavaliauskas emphasizes that the Olegas Truchanas story is unique, because stunning nature photographs started a powerful community movement, that changed the public view on ecology and conservation, set up nature reserves, and even influenced the change of political powers in Tasmania.

Presentation on Olegas Truchanas in Kražiai Žygimantas Liauksminas high school.

KAUNAS PHOTO photography festival organizes photography workshops for schools second year in a row. Complimenting the annual programme of exhibitions by Lithuanian and international artists, public lectures, talks by photographers, critics, collectors and curators and guided tours, these creative workshops provide practical knowledge about photography as well as nurture creativity, consciousness and communal spirit.

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 Council, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Kaunas city council. Patron of the festival is President Valdas Adamkus.