It started out on May 20, 2008 with an unexpected large spotlight on Australian Photography, an exhibition of fifteen outstanding Australian Photographers' works, exposed in three venues: Fujifilm Gallery, F Galerija and Communication development museum. Max Pam's works, along with those of Rennie Ellis, Graham Miller, Brad Rimmer, Mike Gray were subject of discovery for Lithuanian public. Since only several Australian photographers were able to travel to Kaunas, festival director Mindaugas Kavaliauskas produced an exhibition of portraits of Australian photographers, that he had created in Fotofreo festival in Frementle (Western Australia) just a month before the grand opening of Australian photography overview in Kaunas Photo 08, inaugurated by the Ambassador of Australia H.E.Howard Brown.
Theme of Kaunas Photo 08 is Humour in Photography. The main edition of Kaunas Photo 08 starts on September 10 with one-man shows of award winners of Kaunas Photo 08 Grand Prix competition and a resume of humour in Lithuanian contemporary photography in Fujifilm gallery.
Traditional Nights of Photography will be celebrated in cafes and restaurants of the central pedestrian street, Laisves Aleja, a formely prosperous street, which commerce is now shadowed by neighborhood of huge supermarkets. Laisves aleja – The Alley of Freedom will become a “model” for a documentary action “Freedom for Photography”. The alley will be photographed on September 11 by numerous photographers from Lithuania and from and from different countries of the world, which will depict life on this unique pedestrian street.
The final exhibition in Kaunas Picture Gallery, National M. K. Čiurlionis Museum on the theme of Humour, produced by our partner festival BACKLIGHT 08 (Tapmere, Finland) will be opened on December 18, 2008.
Guest country – Contemporary Photography from Australia, collective exhibition:
Max Pam, Emmanuel ANGELICAS, Rennie ELLIS, Graham MILLER, Brad RIMMER, Mike GRAY, Caitlin HARRISON, Mark MC PHERSON, Julian TENNANT, Cara BOWERMAN, Brendan BEIRNE, Andrew JAMIESON, Mark DUNDAS (1972-2008), Fiona MORRIS, Glenn LOCKITCH
Martin KOLLAR (Kaunas Photo 08 Grand Prix Winner, Slovakia), Dow WASIKSIRI (KP 07 Grand Prix Special Award, Thailand), Vojtech SLAMA (KP 07 Grand Prix Special Award, Czech Republic), Mauro FIORESE (KP 07 Grand Prix Special Award, Italy), Kazimieras LINKEVIČIUS (KP 07 Lithuanian Photography Award winner), Diane DUCRUET (France)
Lithuanian Homour in Photography (Curator: Mindaugas Kavaliauskas). Photographers: Aleksandras MACIJAUSKAS, Romas JUŠKELIS, Stanislovas ŽVIRGŽDAS, Romualdas RAKAUSKAS, Jonas DANIŪNAS, Albertas ŠVENČIONIS, Irena GIEDRAITIENĖ, Algis GRIŠKEVIČIUS, Artūras VALIAUGA, Darius JUREVIČIUS, Ramūnas DANISEVIČIUS, Vytautas MICHELKEVIČIUS, Jonas PETRONIS, Marius AKSIJONAITIS, Rimaldas VIKŠRAITIS, Stasys POVILAITIS, Mindaugas KAVALIAUSKAS and others)
KP 08 Slideshows
Annemie AUGUSTIJNS, Anoek DE GROOT, Arlene GOTTFRIED, Boštjan PUCELJ, Bill MCCULOUGH
Dalia KLEINAITYTĖ, Darius JUREVIČIUS, Dovile CIZAITĖ, Yves Marie QUEMENER, Jan-Dirk van der Burg
Jeff MOORFOOT, Kostia SMOLYNINOV, Lilla SZASZ, Marius AKSIJONAITIS, Martin LANGER, Mike GRAY
Stasys POVILAITIS, Jan Dirk VAN DER BURG, Jean-Christian BOURCART and other artists
Social-documenrtary project “Laisvę fotografijai!” (“Freedom for photography!”), aiming to photographically define the life of the central pedestrian street of Kaunas – Laisvės alėja. Separate catalog published.
Collective exhibition at National M.K.Čiurlionis museum, Kaunas Picture gallery:
Alfredas SIMONAVIČIUS (Vilnius, Lithuania), Gintas KAVOLIŪNAS (Vilnius, Lithuania), Feliksas KERPAUSKAS (Kaunas, Lithuania), Donatas STANKEVIČIUS (Kaunas, Lithuania), Mindaugas KAVALIAUSKAS (Kaunas, Lithuania), Jonas PETRONIS (Kaunas, Lithuania), Ramūnas DANISEVIČIUS (Vilnius, Lithuania), Kazimieras LINKEVIČIUS (Marijampolė, Lithuania), Gintaras DYFARTAS (Kaunas, Lithuania), Dow WASIKSIRI (Bankokas, Tailandas / Bangkok, Thailand), Graham MILLER (Frimentlis, Australija / Fremantle, Australia), Romualdas RAKAUSKAS (Kaunas, Lithuania), Darius JUREVIČIUS (Vilnius, Lithuania), LOKEY (Finiksas, JAV / Phoenix, USA), Glenn LOCKITCH (Sidnėjus, Australija / Sydney, Australia), Gintaras ČESONIS (Kaunas, Lithuania), Vojtech SLAMA (Brno, Čekija / Brno, Czech Republic), Mauro FIORESE (Verona, Italija / Verona, Italy), Vytautas STANIONIS (Alytus, Lithuania)