Festival of Photography in Klaipėda continues!

On the 19 th and 20 th of December, 2019, Klaipėda Branch of the Lithuanian Photographers Association invites you to the Exhibition Hall of Klaipėda Culture Communication Center (Didžioji Vandens str. 2, Klaipėda), where the fourth Festival of Photography continues. The second part of this year's Photography Festival is focused on photography art of the neighboring countries, such as Ukraine and Belarus: lectures will be given and exhibitions of photographic artists‘ works will be opened.

On the 19 th of December, on Thursday, at 5 pm - a lecture “Late Soviet Ukrainian Photography. 1960-1990”, lecturer - Galina Gleba (Ukraine).
The lecture will cover Ukrainian photography up to both social, political and cultural turning point of the 1990s. Galina Gleba is an art critic, art historian, researcher of Ukrainian art and photography, curator, lecturer, author of publications and articles on Ukrainian art. Since 2017 she works on the research platform Pinchuk Art Centre, researches regional art communities as well as the late Soviet Ukrainian photography.

At 6 pm - Darius Vaičekauskas‘ photography project “Deconstructions. Fading - disappearing images." will be presented.
This photography project is a non-traditional research in the field of photography, combining the fields of art, biology (mycology), microbiology (bacteriology), agronomy (agricultural engineering sciences – technologies of agricultural products processing). In this research, techniques of photographic image destruction and rearrangement are performed under the influence of mold and bacteria. Another method of the research is the further deconstruction of the destroyed photographic image - (photo)cellulose mass, using common cockchafer larvae and oligochaetes - several types of earthworms - during the process. Both cockchafer larvae and earthworms feed on decomposing vegetal wastes (they are decomposers). They convert food, urban, wood and timber industry waste (and in this case - photographs) into biohumus, a natural organic fertilizer.

On the 20 th of December, on Friday, at 4 pm - a lecture “Kharkiv School of Photography: the Young Generation”, lecturer - Anastasia Leonova (Ukraine).
The Kharkiv School of Photography phenomenon plays an important role in the history of Ukrainian photography. In addition to presenting a "different", critical view of photography, its representatives confirmed it as a universal tool of the contemporary art practice. The artistic methods and practices of the Kharkiv School are being considered and actively applied today, and the influence of Kharkiv photographers, such as Boris Mikhailov, Evgeny Pavlov, Sergey Bratkov, Roman Pyatkovka and others, has crossed the boundaries of Kharkiv and Ukraine. The lecture will cover the activity peculiarities of the young generation that follows the traditions of the Kharkiv School of Photography.

Anastasia Leonova is a cultural manager, curator, art critic and publisher. In 2014 she founded the gallery COME IN (Kharkiv, Ukraine), which specializes in promotion of the contemporary Ukrainian photography. In 2017, she and Katerina Nosko co-founded an independent small publishing house IST Publishing. A. Leonova is one of the coordinators of the UFA / UPHA (Ukrainian Photographic Alternative) Association.

At 5 pm - the exhibition of the photographer Igor Savchenko (Belarus) "A Look That Is Never There, Where We Are" will be opened on the first floor of the KCCC Exhibition Hall.
Igor Savchenko (born in 1962, Minsk) is one of the most prominent Belarusian contemporary photographic artists. He started his creative career in 1988 at Valery Lobko‘s photography studio in Minsk. At the same time, Belarusian photographers like Galina Moskaliova, Vladimir Parfianok, Sergej Kozhemiakin and others have became famous. Representatives of the so-called „New Wave“ have distinguished themselves from the outset by conceptual projects. Igor Savchenko used old photographs from family albums in the first phase of his creative work (1988-1996). By rephotographing, framing, painting them and otherwise adjusting, the author creates new meanings and puts together whole new accents of the idea. One can feel a specific approach to the history and memory (series „Hand on a Shoulder“, „Wir schprechen Deutsch“, „Gesture Alphabet“, „Faceless“, etc.) in artist's works. With time, texts become increasingly relevant in works - the author conveys what the human eye cannot see through notes. The image is supposed to provide
more information than words, but in this case, it is the texts that indicate the viewer what to focus on, and thereby this is like double focusing: first we see what the image was focused on, and after reading the text – we take a closer look at a very different thing. In subsequent series of photographs, the text acquires an increasingly important meaning ("Landscapes with comments") and over time it starts to dominate in respect of the image ("Invisible" (this is not the title of the series; the word is used only to name the works), "About the changes in sunlight propagation"). Although formally, the image still exists, but without the help of the text it is abstract and uninformative. There is a very close relationship between image and text: without each other, they would gain a completely different meaning or wouldn't have any meaning at all. After all, it is not the text that complements the photography, but the photography does that to the text. A series of photographs from the author's first creative work phase will be presented in the exhibition. The author will also participate during the opening.

At 5:40 pm - The exhibition "Love, lust and rage" of contemporary Ukrainian photography will be opened on the second floor of the KCCC Exhibition Hall. Curators of the exhibition - Darius Vaičekauskas and Galina Gleba. Thirteen authors'; photography and video art works, created in recent years, will be presented.
Young Ukrainian artists look at themselves and reality, where the search of balance between personal and civil freedom turns into a battle with oneself. Existence in virtual post-truth and real war conditions is embodied as the constant defense of the right to one's identity. Even the body, which is the last inalienable fortress of individuality, is less and less related to a specific individual. The Ukrainian body hides inside the fears and doubts of many generations, collective injuries turn into the stigma of the society‘s body, and the rejection of nudity is a feature of the national idea.

Since the 20th century‘s depths till now, through the waves of sexual revolution and pornographic satiety, humanity has failed to assign the body to the individual. In the 21st century, the body is political, still collective and still compared to the object. Perhaps that is why we want to demolish such a body, to destroy this social construct? In order to accept this after. Even fall in love with this. Your neighbor and yourself.

LOVE, LUST AND RAGE are not feelings and not features of era. These are the tools in order to fight yourself for the right to become a personality.

The authors of the exhibition: AntiGonStaff, Valentyn Bo, Andrey Boyko, Igor Chekachkov, group „Gorsad“, Bogdan Gulyay, Yana Kononova, Yulia Krivich, Sasha Kurmaz, Anastasia Lazurenko, Andrey Lomakin, Sergey Melnitchenko, Stasik.

Exhibition visitors‘ age rating - age 16+
Lectures and exhibitions of Photography Festival are organized by Klaipėda Branch of the Lithuanian Photographers Association.

The Photography Festival is being organized through implementation of the projects such as (Fanciful) Real Stories and OTHER 10.

Projects are sponsored by Lithuanian Council for Culture, Klaipėda city municipality.

Partner of projects – Klaipėda Culture Communication Center.

Exhibitions will be open until the 19 th of January, 2020.

Working hours of KCCC Exhibition Hall (Didžioji Vandens st. 2, Klaipėda): Wednesday – Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. (Closed during public holidays).

The event will be photographed and filmed, so please be informed that visitors may be seen in photos or videos of the event, and these photos or videos may be posted publicly on social networks or media.