“Kaunas Photo” is the longest-running annual photo art festival in the Baltic States, taking place every September and October. It has been a festival of premières for future stars of photography since its launch in 2004. This year, the festival presents international exhibitions in interior and exterior spaces, projections, creative presentations, portfolio reviews and other events in various locations around Kaunas.
Thematically, this year the festival explores “Comfort Zone” and its margins. The main program of the 15th festival will start on Saturday, September 1st, with works of close to 40 artists, exhibitions in 8 museums and galleries, 4 outdoor spaces and almost 30 free events. We recommend attending the exhibition openings followed by guided tours and artists talks throughout the festival for the best and most intense experience. That is of course if you’re in town this Autumn. And if not… Maybe there’s enough time to plan a cultural weekend getaway?
Earlier this year, as usual, “Kaunas Photo” announced an international open call (called “Kaunas Photo Star 2018”), which was a huge success. The team received about 300 proposals from 43 countries. Works by 24 photographers were selected for the called “Kaunas Photo Star 2018” exhibition that will be spread across Lithuanian folk music history department of Kaunas city museum, “Meno parkas” gallery and Kaunas Photography Gallery, all located in the heart of the Old Town. All of this on September 1st!
The finalists of “Kaunas Photo Star 2018” whose works you’ll have the chance to appreciate are Kirill Golovchenko (Ukraine/Germany), Mindaugas Ažušilis (Lithuania), Gloria Oyarzabal (Spain), Davide Monteleone (Italy/Russia), Federico Estol (Uruguay), Hester den Boer (Netherlands), Lynné Bowman Cravens (USA), Alena Grom (Ukraine), Gregoire Cachemaille (Switzerland/Germany ),Hannes Jung (Germany), Laurent Muschel (France) and Simon Menner (Germany).
Also in the Old Town on Saturday, an exhibition by a Vilnius-based artist Andrej Vasilenko will be opened at the Kaunas city council Vincas Kudirka public library, department of youth, music and art (A. Mapu st. 18). The artist will present his most extensive series called “This is Vilnius”.
On September 7th, the main exhibition of “Kaunas Photo” called “Comfort Zone” will be opened at M. Žilinskas Art Gallery (department of M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art). It will showcase the works of Haley Morris-Cafiero (USA), Vladimir Antaki (France/Canada, Tadas Kazakevičius (Lithuania), Florian Muller (Germany) and Lasse Lecklin (Finland).
That’s not it for M. Žilinskas Art Gallery! This is where the residents of Kaunas will flock to see the results of Kaunas Photo Art Residency by Conchi Martínez. The artist spent a lot of time getting to know the micro-districts and neighbourhoods of Kaunas and created a game called “Kaunopoly” – yep, a version of “Monopoly”.
In the same gallery, Poike Stomps (The Netherlands) will present photographies from the series “Crossing Europe”, and a group exhibition called “Home Sweet Home” will showcase the works of Alnis Stakle (Latvia), Evzen Sobek (Czech Republic), Rubi Lebovitch (Israel), Rebeca Cordero (Mexico) and Superultraextra duo: Ewa Bold & Patryk Hadas (Poland).
One more location we recommend exploring! Michał Adamski (Poland) will present his project “Close to the ground, far from heaven” at the Lithuanian Museum of Education History (Vytauto pr. 52) from September 1st.
For more exhibitions, locations, artist talks and projection nights, see the full programme of “Kaunas Photo” at the festival’s website. There’s one thing for sure – you won’t be able to avoid photography if you visit Kaunas this September (October for some events, too!). And we’re pleased about that.