August 23, 2011 marks the beginning of the eight festival of KAUNAS PHOTO, Lithuania. Every day of the opening week, from August 23 to 27, dwellers of Kaunas and visitors of the second largest Lithuanian city. Professionals, amateurs and simply lovers of photography will have a chance to enjoy photography in a variety of its shapes and experience the untold stories of today's world in exhibitions, lectures, night projections of the festival program. After the opening week exhibitions will last or events will be held until late autumn.
Eric Lusito. Traces of the Soviet Empire
The theme of exhibitions, lectures, projections of the eight KAUNAS PHOTO festival, "Untold Stories" offers an oasis of socially-aware art next to the heating-up celebration of basketball in Lithuania. The festival program consists of 15 exhibitions, including “Traces of the Soviet Empire” by Eric Lusito (France), the winner of last year's KAUNAS PHOTO STAR portfolio competition who has travelled from East Germany to Mongolia in quest of signs of the declining soviet power, “Shutting Up Shops” by John Londei (UK) about the end of the small-business era, “Tropical Gift” by Christian Lutz (Switzerland) about the business of the black gold in Africa, “Rewind” by Nina Korhonen (Sweden) about the quest for family roots worldwide, "Floating Dreams" by Marten Kross (Estonia) about proximity of the sea, “Alpine story” by Lois Hechenblaikner (Austria) describing the shift from agriculture to pop-tourism in Austria, “Flowers Powers” by Borut Peterlin (Slovenia) ironically speaking of the role of flora in the global policy-making, a joint exhibition by young Lithuanian photographers - Mindaugas Ažušilis, Eugenijus Barzdžius and Donatas Stankevičius - “Take it of leave it”, contemplating the of the Lithuanian youth, facing the dilemma of living the crisis or choosing the emigration.
Far from unimportant is the fact that numerous stories showed in exhibitions have been published as monographic books by reputed art Publishers in Europe.
Mindaugas Ažušilis. This country will vanish. 2011
Nights of Photography - projections
Among the five Nights of Photography (projections), two of them have adopted “Duets and Duels”, the theme of KAUNAS PHOTO 2010. For maximum intensity of projection events, forces of Finnish and Swedish photography and those of Austrian and Swiss photography will be joined up with 12 photographers' portfolios from each side. The events were curated and will be presented live by (respectively) Elina Heikka (Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki), Anna Tellgren (Moderna Museet, Stockholm), Thomas Licek (Eyes On – Vienna Month of Photography), Regina Anzenberger (Anzenberger Agency, Vienna) and Irene Attinger (European House of Photography, Paris). Other Nights of Photography will spotlight “Baltic Street Photography”, programs of other European festivals and the portfolios of the finalists of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2011.
John Londei. Shutting Up Shop. Chemist
The portfolio reviews competition “KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2011” on August 25 and 26 will host over fifty photographers and twenty portfolio reviewers. Organized for the second time, this event makes Kaunas a meeting spot for photography people from Russia in the East and Spain in the West, Finland in the North and Italy in the South, re-uniting photographers from more than twenty European countries and experts – directors, curators of museums, galleries, festivals, publishers from 12 European countries.
August 27 will be marked by KAUNAS PHOTO StarT, an event dedicated to beginners and students of Photography giving them opportunities to get advice from professionals of the field.
Lectures and book signings
August 24 is the day when numerous artists will speak about their work and sign their books, but events of this kind will be in August 27 and later.
KAUNAS PHOTO Alytus
On September 23 and 24, KAUNAS PHOTO festival moves a part of its program - exhibitoons, conferences, projections to the town of Alytus in Southern Lithuania.
KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest running and the only yearly photo art festival in Lithuania and the Baltic states, organized since 2004 by the Kaunas section of the Association of Lithuanian Art Photographers and VšĮ “Šviesos raštas”. KAUNAS PHOTO is member of www.festivaloflight.net and www.festivalunion.com
Festival is directed by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas.
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and Kaunas Municipality are the main funders of KAUNAS PHOTO festival.
Detailed program of the KAUNAS PHOTO will be available in the first week of August on the festival web site
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