Kaunas, Lithuania | October 2016
From October 01 2016 to October 23 2016
The exhibitions of the artists The Caravan Gallery and Henrik Dunker in Kauns
The outdoor exhibition of the artists The Caravan Gallery and Henrik Dunker opened on October 1st at Town Hall Square in presence of Nuno Salgado, leader of the Europe-wide project and the exhibitng artists.
Kaunas Photo festival hosts the unique British artist duo, “The Caravan Gallery”, Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale who were in Kaunas for a three week “Flaneur: new urban narratives” artists’ residency programme. In addition to exploring Kaunas with their cameras the artists created a new phenomenon in the cultural life of the city – a temporary museum dedicated to Savanoriai Street; informal experimental, and spontaneous, this evolving exhibition in an old sewing factory
SCRATCHING THE SURFACE
When Kaunas Photo invited me to a two-week residency in Kaunas, a theme was given: Savanorių prospektas, the longest street in the city.
A plethora of businesses and offices and not too much of housing. A busy avenue where people drive their car, park in front of a shop, dive in, get whatever they need and off they go! The spots of activity are dispersed along many kilometres of dusty, grey, noisy street. Not that many people hanging around there.
It was spring 2016. I decided to photograph on the street and to make studio photographs of merchandise from the street—and see how these two types of pictures communicate with one another.
The street pictures represent the surface of Savanorių prospektas. Named The Red Army Avenue during Soviet times, also today its name is politically charged: Volunteers' Avenue. Yet the street seemed like an antithesis to its grandiose name(s): an aesthetically chaotic, kilometres long drive-through. The overall impression is somewhat run-down, albeit with signs of development. There are a few shimmering glass battlements and some Soviet-era apartment blocks have a recent touch-up, such as an extra layer of thermal insulation and corrugated steel cladding painted in bright colour. Even if I first thought there was something uninviting about Savanorių prospektas, soon I was spotting unexpected inspiring views. I begun composing tightly cropped, kind of drunken pictures of facades.
Meanwhile the studio pictures open up a view under the dull surface. A consumer's view, if you like. I photographed objects that I borrowed (or in some cases bought) from shops along Savanorių pr. and its immediate vicinity. Edibles, decorations, plumbing parts, counterfeit design items from charity shops, orthopedic products or services etc. Obviously I could cover only a fraction of the gems, but aimed for a fair variety, picking up whatever showed potential for a swell picture. As you can expect in a globalized world, majority of the offerings are imported. Oh, and nowhere else have I seen a long street so densely populated by dental clinics, hence including something teeth related in the series was a must! Anyway, the studio pictures contain the mundane necessities and the bric-a-brac sold to us, and the fantasies we are fed.
I spent those two weeks scratching the surface of Savanorių prospektas. With this series I want to share my impressions of the avenue, to show what I consider worth showing. This involves both the boring and the interesting.
Through the 1980's Henrik Duncker concentrated on music and architectural drawing before adopting an interest in photography. He attained his degree in 1993 at The University of Art and Design Helsinki (present day Aalto University). Since then he has been exhibiting internationally and his works are housed in KIASMA Helsinki, Moderna Museet of Stockholm, The Finnish Museum of Photography among others. His pictures have been printed in magazines and supplements such as The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, The New York Times, Libération etc.
Kaunas is the second largest town in Lithuania, located in the heart of Lithuania. With its museums, culture institutions, numerous universities, and art festivals it has always kept a profile of a vibrant cultural environment. Kaunas Photo exhibitions are located in the central part of town, most are reachable on foot.
Reach Kaunas by plane
Kaunas International airport (KUN) is served by only two airlines: Rynair and AirBaltic.
Flying to Kaunas via AirBaltic, will lead you always via Riga. Even though the prices are usually higher than those of Ryanair, AirBaltic offers a wide network of cities you can travel from.
Flying Ryanair you can directly reach Kaunas from the follwing cities / airports:
London (Lutton) (LTN)
Oslo Rygge (RYG)
Frankfurt Hahn (HNH)
Brussels Charleroi (CLR)
Paris Beauvais (BVA)
Stockholm Skavsta (NYO)
Gothenburg City (GSE)
Reach Kunas by train
Also you can reach Lithuania using train lines. It is most useful and cost-effecting if traveling from South-East.
Usually international trains are coming to Vilnius train station, where during most of the day every half an hour you can take a train going to Kaunas.
Available routes from Russia and Poland are:
Moscow-Vilnius-Kaliningrad, St.Petersburg-Vilnius-Kaliningrad, Kijev-Vilnius
Kaliningrad-Vilnius, Kaliningrad-Vilnius-Kijev, Kaliningrad-Vilnius-Sevastopol
Kaliningrad-Vilnius-Brest, Kaliningrad-Vilnius-Murmansk, Charkov-Vilnius-Kaliningrad, Simferopol-Vilnius-Kaliningrad, Cheliabinsk-Vilnius-Kaliningrad, Warsaw-Bialystok-Kaunas-Vilnius
Reach Kaunas by car
Reaching Kaunas by car is very simple. Kaunas it is located in the heart of Lithuania, where most of the important transit roads cross, including the central Baltic road, Via Baltica. which goes from Warsaw to Helsinki.
Most hotels have free parking lots. Parking in the city costs 1-3 LTL (0,3 – 0.85 EUR per hour) and is free Saturdays, Sundays and on holidays.
Who we are
Viešoji įstaiga (NGO)"Šviesos raštas" is a non-profit institution for promotion for photograpy, started in 2003, "Kaunas Photo" festival as its major annual project (since 2004) and, educational activities, consulting for artists, publishing and photographic services in its scope.
KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest-running annual photo art festival in the Baltic States, since 2004, taking place every September in the second-largest Lithuanian town of Kaunas.
KAUNAS PHOTO festival has been a festival of premières for future stars of photography since its launch in 2004. The festival is organized every year in Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania. Being the longest- running photographic festival in the Baltic States, KAUNAS PHOTO is a platform for dialogue around contemporary photographic creation between North and South, East and West. While being the prime event of art photography in Lithuania, KAUNAS PHOTO does not solely focus on Lithuanian photography. Its programs and projects, such as exhibition and book “Generation '74. 11 European Photographers born in 1974” feature a vast menu of internationally acclaimed photographers.
Thanks to a variety of exhibitions, ranging from venues of National M.K.Čiurlionis Art Museum, to mid-sided galleries, such as Kaunas Photography Gallery, Meno Parkas gallery, Post Gallery, smaller adapted venues and outdoor exhibitions, KAUNAS PHOTO festival is the most attended photographic event in Lithuania, comprising 200-300 participants per year’s program and counting its audience by tens of thousands of local visitors. Besides numerous exhibitions, the festival publishes photography books, hosts artist talks, projection nights, portfolio reviews KAUNAS PHOTO STAR and organises annual distance-based portfolio reviews on its on-line platform, folioPORT.org.
Besides domestically hosted exhibitions in Kaunas, the festival also shows exhibitions in other Lithuanian towns and villages. Moreover, KAUNAS PHOTO holds exhibitions (of mostly Lithuanian photography) abroad. Since 2005, Kaunas-Photo-curated shows visited Finland (“Backlight” in Tampere), Poland (Fotofestiwal Lodz, Pix.House gallery in Poznan), Italy (“FotoGrafia” festival in Rome), France (“Photo de Mer” festival in Vannes, “Les Photaumnales” in Beauvais, Les Boreales in Caen), China (Pingiao and Lishui festivals), New Zealand (Auckland Festival of Photography), etc.
Since its beginning in 2004, “Kaunas Photo” festival was co-organised by the Kaunas Branch of the Lithuanian Association of Art Photographers, known as Kaunas Photography Gallery, which remains the strategic partner in the years to come. KAUNAS PHOTO festival’s major sponsors are Lithuanian Culture Council and Kaunas Municipality.
The 12th edition of the festival on the theme of “Pursuit” will started on September 2-6 and the exhibitions will continue until mid October, 2015.
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