KAUNAS PHOTO outdoor exhibition at Draugystės Park vandalised

We are sad to inform that on Monday, 25 October, the KAUNAS PHOTO exhibition at Draugystės Park, featuring works by Lithuanian photographer Elena Krukonytė from the series “Portrait of Early Generation Z”, was vandalized.

As the structures are badly damaged, it has been decided to close the exhibition, which shortens the exhibition time by a week.

 

 




KAUNAS PHOTO 2021. “Portrait of Early Generation Z” by Elena Krukonytė (Lithuania)

On September 10, 2021, the opening of the 18th KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s outdoor exhibition “Portrait of Early Generation Z” by Elena Krukonytė (Lithuania) took place at the Draugystės park in presence of the author. The opening followed by the artist talk “The relationship with time, the environment, and self through photography” by Elena Krukonytė at the Kaunas Municipal Vincas Kudirka Public Library’s Park Branch.

Photos by Karolina Krinickaitė.

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 2021. “Portraits of Quarantine” by Adas Vasiliauskas (Lithuania)

On September 8, 2021, the opening of the 18th KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s outdoor exhibition “Portraits of Quarantine” by Adas Vasiliauskas (Lithuania) took place at the Square near A. Juozapavičiaus Ave. 57 in presence of the author. The opening followed by the artist talk “Backstage of the Portraits of Quarantine and other stories” by Adas Vasiliauskas at the nearby photo studio “No Name Studio”.

Photos by Karolina Krinickaitė.

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 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 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 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 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.




Guided tour ta the exhibition “The Waterful Kaunas”

On 24 of October, Tuesday, at 6pm KAUNAS PHOTO festival invites for the guided tour at the outdoor exhibition “The Waterful Kaunas” – the result of the artist recidency made by Andreas Müller-Pohle (Germany), Dorota Dawidowicz (Poland) and Jari Silomäki (Finland). Exhibition is on display at Kaunas city center (Laisvės av. and S. Daukantas street) till March of next year.

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest-running annual international photo art festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. Since it’s 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 Council. Exhibitions by Polish artists made in colloboration with the Polish Institute in Vilnius and Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw.

President Valdas Adamkus is the patron of the festival.

Free of charge.

More information about the exhibition please find here: http://festival.kaunasphoto.com/the-waterful-kaunas-the-last-focus-of-kaunas-photo-2017-season/




“The Waterful Kaunas” – the last focus of KAUNAS PHOTO 2017 season

KAUNAS PHOTO festival invites to see the last outdoor exhibition of this year season. The exhibition “The Waterful Kaunas” is on display at the center of Kaunas (Laisvės av. and S. Daukantas street) and it will be visible till 2018 March. The exhibition is the result of artist residency in Kaunas by these photographers: Andreas Muller-Pohle (Germany), Dorota Dawidowicz (Poland) and Jari Silomaki (Finland).

Mindaugas Kavaliauskas the director of KAUNAS PHOTO festival invites for the guided tour of the exhibition which will be on 24 of Octber, at 6pm. 

14th edition of KAUNAS PHOTO 2017 is dedicated to exploring the theme of water from multiple angles. The topics of water impregnated the artist residencies, held for the first time in Kaunas as a part of KAUNAS PHOTO festival. Andreas Müller-Pohle (Germany), Dorota Dawidowicz (Poland) and Jari Silomäki (Finland) accepted to depict the relationship between Kaunas, its dwellers and the water through their own stylistic approaches, and techniques, previously developed in their signature series. They covered waterscapes from Kaunas Sea to the Lampėdis lake, from the Confluence of the Nemunas and the Neris – to the global issues of floods.

© Andreas Müller-Pohle “Waters of Kaunas”

Andreas Müller-Pohle and his assistant Jhoane BaternaPateña came to Kaunas to photograph and videograph the major Lithuanian rivers – the Nemunas and the Neris and the adjacent waters – Kaunas sea and Lampėdis lake. With his distinct style of water in photography, Andreas Müller-Pohle does not picture waterfronts from a distance. Rather, he submerges the camera and allows pictures to contain both underwater and coastline views. Such merged natural and urban landscape evolved into new and unexpected iconography of Kaunas.

In 2005 using this method, Andreas Müller-Pohle created an epic project, depicting the Danube river from the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) to the Black sea, joining the views underwater world and coastline landscapes. Those pictures were enriched by chemical research of water naming the concentration of nitrates, phosphates, heavy metals and other chemical findings of samples of water taken from each picture point. Similarly, but using vertical compositions, a series of pictures about Hong Kong waterfront were created.

In 1979, Andreas Müller-Pohle founded “European Photography”, independent magazine, dedicated to contemporary photography and new media, which he edits ever since. He wrote a number of articles on the theory of photography. In 2001 he was honored with European Photography, Reind M. De Vries Prize. Photographic works by Andreas Müller-Pohle have been widely published and exhibited across the globe and are kept in numerous private and museum collections.

Using wet-plate collodion photography, the most common technique of the 19th century, Dorota Dawidowicz continued her series “Just Relax!” in Kaunas, exploring waterfronts, beaches and inviting the encountered people to become a part of the creative process. Regardless the drawbacks of the slow, weather-sensitive technique that is demanding for models’ ability to freeze during the exposure, Dorota’s photographs look pretty spontaneous, as if they were not created with an old fashioned view camera, but some kind of portable camera with a retro filter. “Just Relax!” pictures taken in Lithuania present Kaunas as a city of water pleasures.

© Dorota Dawidowicz “Just relax!”

Dorota Dawidowicz is interested in portraiture and documentary photography. She uses a large format view camera. A process of creation of one picture can take a half an hour or longer. The exposure time of the wet plate can last a few seconds, therefore, instead of using the camera shutter, the photographer simply removes and puts back the lens cap. This is when the model must remain frozen. The image on a plate is created in following steps: plate overlay with collodion liquid, sensibilisation (in complete darkness, in a tent, set up as a field laboratory), exposure and development (in darkness again). The usage if this resurging technology is also particular its result – the obtained image is unique and, in Dorota’s method, flipped (as if using mirror). This latter feature brings some intrigue while trying to read letters or logos or recognise the familiar places of Kaunas.

© Dorota Dawidowicz “Just relax!”

Dorota Dawidowicz was born in 1983 in Warsaw, where she lives and works until now. In 2010 she graduated from Warsaw School of Photography. She has held several solo exhibitions and participated in collective exhibitions in galleries, such as Gallery Pauza (Krakow), Skwer (Warsaw), Entropia, Wejście, “B&B”, “Korytarz”, Sandomierzu BWA, Limited Editions, POSK (London). Her works were published in magazines: Digital Camera, Polityka, Szeroki Kadr and others.

In the past two decades this name has been known in the world of art for the photographs with calligraphic writings of thoughts, feelings, news, stories and experiences. This dialogue of image and texts bridges the present with the past and the future, shrinks or enlarges distances, smashes the emotional experiences into banality, confronts the tranquility with stormy elements, and exposes important things to the artist’s self-irony and sense of humour.

© Jari Silomäki “My Weather Diary”

On the afternoon of August 28, 2017 Jari Silomäki arrived in Kaunas. Here he continued his project “My Weather Diary”, started in 2001. Creating one picture per day, he plans to complete the series in 2051. The first stop and acquaintance with Kaunas happened on the panoramic spot on the Milikoniai hill, overlooking the Vilijampolė district. During the two-weeks-long artistic residence, Jari took pictures every mday, using a middle format square frame camera, his visions, senses and thinking about what life in other parts of the world was like. The most beloved place of Kaunas for Jari became the banks of the Neris river and the Kaunas sea, where he spent most of his time, watching beaches to become empty, the few roaming the waves of Kaunas sea. He says that his photographs are made of 80 % of hard social work and only 20% of quest for shape, light and colour.

© Jari Silomäki “My Weather Diary”

The theme of KAUNAS PHOTO festival and its residencies is water. In Jari’s photographs, water is not always visible, but almost always, thought about. The artist has documented that while people in Kaunas were enjoying the warm end of summer and the mild autumn, islands of the Caribbean and the Southern Coast of the USA were devastated by hurricanes and floods.

Jari Silomäki is in constant search of means of expression to tell and reveal stories of an individual, who is also a member of society. Jari Silomäki is enrolled in doctoral studies at Aalto University in Finland. He has held numerous exhibitions in Finland and beyond: in Hungary, China, Great Britain, Italy, Norway and elsewhere. He lives and works in Helsinki.

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest-running annual international photo art festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. Since it’s 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 Council. Exhibitions by Polish artists made in colloboration with the Polish Institute in Vilnius and Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw.

President Valdas Adamkus is the patron of the festival.