KAUNAS PHOTO festival 09-20 Artist talk & Guided tour

On 20 of September, at 5pm, at “Ars et mundus” gallery (A. Mapų str. 20) Mikolaj Nowacki (Poland) the author of the exhibition “Odra” presented his works. Later, organisers of KAUNAS PHOTO festival invited to guided tour at the exhibition “The Restoration Will” by Mayumi Suzuki (Japan) which is on display at Kaunas Photography Gallery (Vilniaus str. 2).




KAUNAS PHOTO festival 09-19 “Polish Waters” exhibition opening

On 19 of September, at 5pm, at “POST” gallery KAUNAS PHOTO festival in collaboration with the Polish Institute in Vilnius and Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw opened the exhibition “Polish Waters”. The artists presented are: Tymon Markowski (Bydgoscz) “Flow”, Filip Ćwik (Warsaw) “Sinking Industry”, Krzysztof Racoń (Kraków) “Disappearing lakes”, Dorota Dawidowicz (Warsaw) “Relax”, Adam Wilkoszarski (Poznań) “Sobering Chamber”, Kuba Kamiński (Varšuva) “Sobering Chamber”, Kacper Kowalski (Gdynia) “Beach 1102”. Exhibition on display till 8 of October,




Fotomenininkė iš Vokietijos Druskininkuose tyrinės vandens svarbą

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Rugsėjo 14 d., 18 val., Druskininkų jaunimo užimtumo centre, Veisiejų g. 17 vyks susitikimas su Druskininkuose kuriančia vokiečių fotomenininke Julia Baier. Fotografę, trijų savaičių meninei rezidencijai atlikti, pakvietė VšĮ „Šviesos raštas“, įgyvendinant projektą  „Užsienio fotomenininkų rezidencijos Lietuvos regionuose“. Susitikimo metu menininkė pristatys savo dviejų dešimtmečių fotografinę kūrybą apie SPA kultūrą įvairiose pasaulio šalyse. Renginys nemokamas ir atviras visiems.

Menininkė Druskininkuose fotografijos darbų seriją iki rugsėjo mėn. pabaigos kurs neatsitiktinai. Plaukimas ir nardymas, pliuškenimasis ir taškymasis, plūduriavimas, vandens procedūros – jau beveik 20 metų Julios Baier fotografijose. Tai ežerai ir paplūdimiai, plaukimo ir irklavimo baseinai, saunos, karštosios versmės nuo Japonijos iki Vengrijos, nuo Islandijos iki Vokietijos. Ši kelionė aplink pasaulį tai tarsi himnas vandeniui ir visiems tiems kas jaučia malonumą ir jo svarbą.

© Julia Baier

Julia Baier jau du dešimtmečius keliauja po įvairias pasaulio vietas, kur tiria žmogaus ir vandens santykį, o jo dokumentavimas kaskart papildo ilgalaikio fotomenininkės projekto darbų seriją – „Vandens svarba“ (“Water Matters”), kuri po rezidencijos Druskininkuose įgys knygos formatą. Tikimės, kad menininkės darbai sukurti Lietuvoje būsimojoje knygoje užims svarbią vietą“,- teigė VšĮ „Šviesos Raštas“ direktorius ir rezidencijos programos vadovas Mindaugas Kavaliauskas.

Julia Baier gyvena ir dirba Berlyne, Vokietijoje. Menininkė Brėmeno universitete studijavo psichologiją ir prancūzų kalbą, vėliau menų universitete mokėsi fotografijos. Dirba laisvai samdoma žurnaliste įvairiuose vietinės ir tarptautinės reikšmės žurnaluose bei laikraščiuose, dėsto fotografijos teoriją ir praktiką.

© Julia Baier

Savo fotografijos darbus Julia Baier eksponavo eilėje parodų tiek nacionaliniu, tiek tarptautiniu mastu. Jos darbai buvo įvertinti tokiais apdovanojimais kaip Europos architektūros fotografijos apdovanojimas (2015), Pasaulio spaudos dirbtuvių nominacija (2004), BFF paskatinimo apdovanojimas (2003), taip pat ji tapo viena iš top 10 dalyvių gavusių „Leica Oskar Barnack“ apdovanojimą (2003) ir kt.

Projekto „Užsienio fotomenininkų rezidencijos Lietuvos regionuose“ tikslas – pritraukti menininkus ne vien į Lietuvos didžiuosius miestus ar pajūrį, bet ir regionus, kelti jų susidomėjimą tapatybėmis, kultūros, peizažo išskirtinumu, socialiniais klausimais, kasdienybe, džiaugsmais ir sunkumais. Fotografų Lietuvoje sukurti darbai ne vien leis sutelkti vietos bendruomenes ar jaunimą kūrinio vystymo procese, tačiau taip pat garsins vietovių vardus pasauliniame fotografijos meno kontekste.

Projektas – „Užsienio fotomenininkų rezidencijos Lietuvos regionuose“ taip pat įgyvendinamas Veisiejuose ir Prienuose. Projekto rėmėjai Lietuvos Respublikos kultūros ministerija, Lietuvos kultūros taryba, Druskininkų savivaldybė, Prienų kultūros ir laisvalaikio centras, Lazdijų rajono savivaldybės Veisiejų seniūnija ir Veisiejų kultūros namai.

VšĮ Šviesos raštas – fotografijos meno populiarinimo organizacija, nuo 2004 m. rengianti fotomeno festivalį KAUNAS PHOTO.

 

Projekto organizatorius VšĮ Šviesos raštas.




KAUNAS PHOTO festival 09-07 exhibition openings

On 7 of September, at Presidential library – museum of Valdas Adamkus (S. Daukanto str. 25) KAUNAS PHOTO festival opened an exhibition by Olegas Truchanas – legend of Lithuania and Australia and at Kaunas Artists’ House (V. Putvinskio str. 56) another exhibition “Sauna Folk” by Jussi Puikkonen (Finland).




KAUNAS PHOTO festival 09-01 – opening day

On 1 of September KAUNAS PHOTO festival invited to the openining weekend and opend 6 new exhibitions in Kaunas Old Town. After the openings KAUNAS PHOTO invites for the photography projection night under the open sky. 




“Rivers” exhibition opening

On 1st of September, at 5 pm., at Kaunas city museum, Lithuanian folk music history department (L. Zamenhofo str. 12) will be the opening of the exhibition “Rivers”. This exhibition presents different photography series created by six authors: Federico Rios Escobar (Columbia) “FARC“, Jan Caga (Czech republic) “Danube- the Blue River“, John Trotter (USA) “No agua, No vida“, Mathieu Nonnenmacher (France) “Light the river“, Mikolaj Nowacki (Poland) “Odra“, Yan Wang Preston (UK) “Mother River“.




The 14th edition of KAUNAS PHOTO festival set to explore Lithuanian and international waters

KAUNAS PHOTO festival presented this year’s programme at the press conference at M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art on the 28th of June. Director Mindaugas Kavaliauskas introduced the themes of festival’s 14th edition and announced that President Valdas Adamkus, who has always been actively involved in ecological debate, is a patron of the festival this year.

© Jan Caga “Danube – The Blue River”

KAUNAS PHOTO 2017 open call has attracted more than 200 submissions from over 50 different countries around the world. From the portfolios submitted, eight were selected to be part of the KAUNAS PHOTO exhibition programme. One of the TOP 8 will be announced as KAUNAS PHOTO STAR award winner and will be given an opportunity to have a solo show at the Kaunas Photography Gallery. The winner will be announced on the 1st of September. The authors selected from the open call are: Turi Calafato (Italy) “A Day at the Beach. Summer in Sicily“ (currently being exhibited at the introductory KAUNAS PHOTO exhibition „Beach Season“, Päivi Koskinen (Finland) „Monday“, Mayumi Suzuki (Japan) „The Restoration Will“, Jan Caga (Czech Republic) „Danube- The Blue River“, Tymon Markowski (Poland) „Flow“, Yan Wang Preston (UK) „Mother River“, Pierfrancesco Celada (Italy) „#instagrampier Hong Kong“ and John Trotter’s (USA) series about the lack of water in Colorado river.

Mindaugas Kavaliauskas also invited these artists to exhibit at the festival: Christine Osinski (USA) „New York City’s Archipelago“, Christian Åslund (Sweden) „Glacier Comparison“ providing clear climate change evidence through juxtaposing pictures from a century ago and pictures made now, Federico Rios Escobar (Colombia) „FARC“ about The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Eugenijus Barzdžius (Lithuania) „Vask“ series about launderettes in Copenhagen, Russ Flatt (New Zealand) „Take Me to the River“ work about a paradoxical law in Vermont banning public nudity, yet allowing it if one has left the house naked in the first place, Jussi Puikkonen (Finland/ Holland) „Finnish Sauna“ and others.

© Filip Cwik “Sinking industry”

Fruitful collaboration with the Polish Institute in Vilnius brings works by Polish photographers to KAUNAS PHOTO 2017. Exhibition will feature: Filip Cwik „Sinking Industry“ about the shipyards in Gdansk, Mikolaj Nowacki „Odra“ that he has been working on for decades, Kacper Kowalski and his aerial photographs in „Side Effects“ made flying the plane before drones entered the market.

Mindaugas Kavaliauskas states that the biggest surprise of this year’s festival, that the curator kept in secret for over a decade, is Olegas Truchanas (1923 – 1972) originally from Šiauliai who later became one of the most influential conservationists and nature photographers in Australia. President Valdas Adamkus had a chance to meet Olegas Truchanas personally and is a big fan of his work, therefore has promised to be present at the exhibition opening and share his memories about the photographer.

One of the large scale photographic projects that will premiere in KAUNAS PHOTO 2017 is the series on Nemunas river by Vitus Saloshanka (Belarus). The artist who lives and works in Germany, but constantly visits Belarus, explores the river as a geopolitical concept, and divides it into three parts: Belarus, Lithuania and Kaliningrad.

Festival director shared his excitement about the outdoor exhibitions that are dotted around the public spaces in Kaunas this year. This year KAUNAS PHOTO is showing Berta Tilmantaitė’s (Lithuania) „From the Water“ in the Chechnya square, Todd Johnson’s (Australia) „Fossils“ next to Žaliakalnis Funicular, and later on will launch Matthew Moore’s (USA) „Seascapes“ about the marine murals in the urban spaces of the USA, in Vienybės Square. In the district of Šančiai, next to State Tax Inspectorate Paolo Woods and Gabrielle Galimbertti will present photographic series about tax havens. State Tax Inspectorate’s Kaunas officer Judita Stankienė is hoping that this exhibition will show that tax system can be understood through culture, and economical education can take on a creative form. Mindaugas Kavaliauskas added that the exhibition planned is small, however there’s plenty of space for discussion.

The 14th edition of KAUNAS PHOTO will also bring foreign artists who will engage with local communities through the residency programme. Kaunas is expecting three artists: famous German photographer Andreas Müller-Pohle, who will not only photograph the bodies of water around Kaunas, but will also run chemical tests; Polish photographer Dorota Dawidowicz will bring her van that houses the wet colodian lab; Jari Silomaki from Finland will continue his ongoing poetic works by Nemunas river. There are also three residencies that will bring three more artists to the Southern Lithuanian towns and villages, supported by the Druskininkai and Prienai councils, and Viesiejai parish. These places will welcome Julia Baier from Germany, Alex Boyd from Scotland and Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo from Colombia.

After he introduced the KAUNAS PHOTO 2017 programme, Mindaugas Kavaliauskas invited the crowd to explore the inaugural KAUNAS PHOTO exhibition „Beach Season“, where visitors were treated to beach style cocktails prepared by the barman Aistis Zidanavičius. The curator introduced the exhibition: 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”. „Beach Season“ is open until the 3rd of September.

The main events of the 14th edition of KAUNAS PHOTO festival will start on the first week of September and will continue until the end of 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 Council, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Kaunas city council.

Patron of the festival is President Valdas Adamkus.




01/06/2017 exhibition opening at the bottom of the swimming pool

On 1st of June, at 8:00 p.m., at the bottom of “Girstutis” swimming pool KAUNAS PHOTO festival opened an exhibition “Out of the water” by Berta Tilmantaitė.

Curator Mindaugas Kavaliauskas.

© Photos by Rokas Bučas and Antanas Untydi.

 

 




Berta Tilamtaitė Artist talk

An artist talk by Berta Tilmantaitė, known for her photographic and journalistic works and travels, will be held on 7 of June, at 5 pm., at the Park department of the Kaunas City Council Library (60 P. Lukšio street). Berta Tilmantaitė is one of the artists selected for this year’s KAUNAS PHOTO festival. Her works will be exhibited in one of the festival’s outdoor spaces: the Chechnya square.




From the water: vanishing ways of life captured in pictures

An artist talk by Berta Tilmantaitė, known for her photographic and journalistic works and travels, will be held at the Park department of the Kaunas City Council Library (60 P. Lukšio street). Berta Tilmantaitė is one of the artists selected for this year’s KAUNAS PHOTO festival. Her works will be exhibited in one of the festival’s outdoor spaces: the Chechnya square.

© Berta Tilmantaitė

KAUNAS PHOTO festival, this year exploring the theme of water, was particularly drawn to Berta Tilmantaitė’s works from her travels in South America, Africa and Asia. She documents diverse communities around the planet, commenting on the issues of ecology and conservation. During the event, Berta Tilmantaitė will present her works and will share her experience of joining the sea nomad tribes in Malaysia, observing the Yongding river in Beijing, China and visiting the endangered lake Victoria in Africa. Those attending the talk will also hear about the wider narrative of the Chechnya square exhibition, that starts at the end of June.

© Berta Tilmantaitė

“The best way to start a dialogue is to meet your audiences live. No matter how impressive and informative the photographs are, real conversation and discussion only adds to the meaning. During the artist talk I will tell the stories behind my pictures in the Chechnya square, and will also touch upon other themes. I will share the wider context and circumstances of each work, as well as the process of searching for new stories, the creative process. We are all affected by the climate change, pollution and other ecological risks, and it doesn’t differ much whether you are in Borneo jungle, or on the coast of Peru, fishing in the lake Victoria, or here in Kaunas, Lithuania.“ said Berta Tilmantaitė.

© Berta Tilmantaitė “Guano”

Berta Tilmantaitė is a Lithuanian multimedia journalist, photographer and videographer. Her stories focus on social issues, human rights, environment and connection between human and nature. Berta studied at Vilnius University, the Danish School of Media and  at the University of Bolton/Beijing Foreign Studies University. She is a co-founder of first and only Lithuanian multimedia platform for documentary stories called Nanook.  Berta’s work was published in various media outlets around the world, including National Geographic, GEO, Al Jazeera, Wired and others. She has won awards in international contests and festivals, such as Sony World Photography Awards, LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism, Lithuanian Press Photography Awards and others.

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 Cuncil, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Kaunas city council.

Patron of the festival is President Valdas Adamkus.