LITHUANIAN PHOTOGRAPHY IN KLAIPEDA: YESTERDAY AND TODAY
Friday, the 27th of November, 2015, 18:00 at KCCC Exhibition Hall (Didzioji Vandens st. 2, Klaipeda) a yearbook “Lithuanian Photography: Yesterday and Today ‘15” will be presented and a photography exhibition of photographs “Lithuanian Photography: Yesterday and Today. Today’s Exposure” opened by The Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers; the event will be attended by the compliers of the publication – Agne Narusyte, Jurijus Dobriakovas and Gytis Skudzinskas.
The yearbook “Lithuanian Photography: Yesterday and Today ‘15” consists of four sections: “Live Archive”, “Today’s Exposures”, “Discoveries” and “Next to Photography”.
Section “Live Archive” has been compiled by Vilma Samulionyte. “Posing the question of what photographs, somehow taken from the storages, should take place in this section, I finally decided that I would be most interested in seeing works still unprecedented, and not specific to that particular author. I wanted to find Kuncius not being like Kuncius, Sutkus not like Sutkus, Macijauskas not like Macijauskas and Butyrinas not like Butyrinas so much. I think I have partly succeeded. It could not be done of course without actual old-timers of the archives – Paulina Mongirdaite and the Count Stanislovas Kazimieras Kosakovskis. I have chosen the decisions of their works not typical for the time as well” – V. Samulionyte presented her selection criteria.
The focus has been given to the recent photographic art processes while selecting photographs for the section “Today’s Exposures”. “Commencing a work I try to define some principal rules in order to decide when the ball is out of bounds and whether there is a need to count the winning three-pointer. Unfortunately, as the final whistle comes closer it turns out that all rules can be as variable as the very value of the images – flowing and not fully defined“, – said the compiler of the section Gytis Skudzinskas.
Section “Discoveries” is intended for newly revealed authors who are able to replenish the ranks of the artists and contribute to the diversification of photo expression. The complier of this section Agne Narusyte said about the selection criteria as follows: “I do not want to speculate on whether (and what) the rudiments of future directions of photographs lie in the works of my selected authors. By asking four questions I assessed what is interesting now: whether a work poses new ideas to a professional who is knowledgeable in history of photography and art. When the answer to this question was negative, many old ideas based works fell away. Other questions: does the work offer an intriguing form of photography exploitation at least in the context of Lithuania? Is the work relevant in social, political, and philosophical context of the present? Would it be interesting to write about the work?”
Jurijus Dobriakovas who has compiled the section “Next to Photography” presented his reflections: “Photography is a very rich and interesting object of thinking. However inevitably comes a moment when you get a little tired from its pure form and related “classical” theoretical problems (time, death, (not) certainty, identity, reproduction, aura, world “collecting” etc.), as well as from any other forms of expression after having spent too much time with them. Then it makes you want to step back at least for a short time, look somewhere beyond the limits of photography, focus on more bizarre mutations or new evolutionary stages of it. Especially when “casual” use of photography, especially in combination with the latest visual and non-visual data collection and processing technologies, often bypasses the reflections of theorists and raises new questions that are not necessarily related to the already well-known and repeatedly discussed features of photography.”
During the presentation of the publication and at the opening of the exhibition the participating compilers will discuss these and other trends of the yearbook and national photography as well as answer the questions submitted by the attendance.
Exhibition of Photographs “Lithuanian Photography: Yesterday and Today. Today’s Exposure”
The exhibition consists of works published by authors in the section “Today’s Exposures” of the yearbook “Lithuanian Photography: Yesterday and Today ‘15”. Photographs in this section have to meet today’s realities as if naturally, but it’s always dangerous and can be very easily lapsed into radical extremes. These of course exist in the publication; however more moderate works of photo artists have been selected for the exhibition. Perhaps many would say that the light of portraits of Algimantas Aleksandravicius is painfully familiar to all, but a very important part of today’s processes would be lost without them. The interludes of Algis Griskevicius can also be seen as a triumph of the author’s style. Next to him stands Aleksandras Ostasenkovas – as well faithful to himself. Permanently renewable Algirdas Seskus represents another exhibition flank. A large group of the younger generation authors participates as well, although they cannot be identified as “unknown” – Donatas Stankevicius, Berta Tilmantaite, Arturas Morozovas. Artists like Aurelija Maknyte and Vilma Sileikiene who work not just in the field of photography are also presented in the exhibition. And while the publication “Lithuanian Photography: Yesterday and Today ‘15” allow us to see even broader range of current issues, the exhibition also lets us grasp the pulse of Lithuanian photography.
The exhibition presents 15 authors and 40 works created by them. They are: Algimantas Aleksandravicius, Mindaugas Azusilis, Algis Griskevicius, Juozapas Kalnius, Aurelija Maknyte, Arturas Morozovas, Aleksandras Ostasenkovas, Remigijus Pacesa, Ramune Pigagaite, Vytautas Pletkus, Donatas Stankevicius, Algirdas Seskus, Marija Sileikiene, Berta Tilmantaite, Arturas Valiauga.
The exhibition runs until 3 January 2016.
KCCC exhibition hall working hours: Wednesday -Sunday 11:00 – 19:00
Organizer of the exhibition – The Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers; sponsors and partners: “Fotoprocentras”, hotel “Amberton”, KCCC, Klaipeda City Municipality, Kulturpolis.lt, Lithuanian Council for Culture, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.