Artūras Šeštokas’ photography exhibition "Incognito City is opening at the Klaipėda Photography Gallery (KCCC Exhibition Hall, Didžioji Vandens str. 2, Klaipėda) on 19 January, at 17:30.

The city with no needless pathos or prominence, slightly tired, but not expunged from the memory. Klaipėda, with its own rhythm of thinking and living, with its own silence. Passing-by residents, like the city itself, are rather concise – say just as much as needed and slowly keep on walking. Artūras Šeštokas, who has been creating a photographic archive of the city for several decades, does not reveal a main art object of his new cycle "Incognito City”, neither does he uncover it, by telling just as much as means and leaving room for everyone's own thoughts.

On the photos, you may guess that this is the city but you will not recognise it. Perhaps, because the author seeks to convey his emotional experience with the port city rather than insights dictated by mind. People become transparent on the background of time-proof architecture and objects – a pinhole camera captures their movement at time segments picked out by the photographer. Yet, the longer you are looking at the three-meter-long black-and-white photofilm of A. Šeštokas, the stronger your belief grows that the author herein prefers the incognito status. It seems like he, and not the city, wants to escape recognition or renown. The attention of the audience is, therefore, drawn away from the author's idiom to the experience of the city in shots.

The thinking process of the city is disturbed by vivid square photo-items that are hanging across the exhibition space. As per invention by A. Šeštokas, sidewalks of Klaipėda, pantry doors, walls, yards and other objects, typical for the port city, are rising from their regular position up to the ceiling. This contrast forms another attitude to the same city, as if a cosier and somewhat more pleasing soundtrack was put on top. Paradoxically, however, the city’s tile-and cube-built photo document actually leaves a visitor at a loss, the city is left undercover, as if something has been deliberately kept in secret, as if it’s subtly reminded that Klaipeda is an incognito city.

Eglė Deltuvaitė

Artūras Šeštokas’ photography exhibition "Incognito City” is financed by Klaipėda City Municipality Administration. The exhibition is presented by the Klaipėda branch of the Lithuanian Union of Art Photographers.

The exhibition will run until 18 February.

Ticket  – € 1,70 / 0,85.

Working hours of KCCC Exhibition Hall (Didžioji Vandens str. 2, Klaipėda): 11:00–19:00, Wednesday – Sunday (closed on public holidays).