From April 25 to May 08
Invitation to art residence in Kaunas, pending for over a decade, comes to life with help of
From 25th of April, KAUNAS PHOTO festival hosts Henrik Duncker – a Finnish photographer who will carry out an artistic residency for “Flaneur: new urban narratives”. During two weeks, the artist will be working on a documentary series about the busiest street in Kaunas, called “Savanorių prospektas”.
KAUNAS PHOTO festival and 14 partners from Portugal to Latvia, in its program emphasizing relation between street, public space and photography. This is why Savanoriai Street was chosen as the main subject for artist residencies.
Henrik Duncker (b. 1963) is a photographer living and working in Helsinki. Until 1980 he was concentrating on music and architectural drawing, while later he decided to plunge into photography. In 1993 he acquired his Master’s degree at Helsinki University of Art and Design (now Aalto). During his studies, Henrik Duncker was enriching his experience with the help of Martin Parr, Sakari Sunila, Timo Kelaranta and other influential artists residing in Helsinki and became one of the forerunners of the ironic social criticism in photography. In the same year, he started to show his works in exhibitions. His works are in important collections, such as “Kiasma” contemporary art museum in Helsinki. Among the most prominent series by Henrik Duncker are "Hay on the highway" (1991–1993), "If Nokia were a place" (2001 -2004, exhibited in Kaunas in 2004), "Survival Handbook" (2009), “Dāvanas pēc protokola (Protocol gifts)” (2014 – ).
Henrik Duncker, who already has his strong creative hand, will explore purposes of shops, its social and commercial functions. The viewpoint of the artist and his trimming on the edge of pop culture criticism is known to Kaunas from the first festival KAUNAS PHOTO DAYS in 2004, when his series “If Nokia were a place” was presented. After the festival, Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, director of KAUNAS PHOTO, expressed a hope that one day Henrik Duncker might create a work about Kaunas as well. "The Invitation took 12 years to turn into reality", he jokes. "Nonetheless, the master hand of Henrik Duncker has expanded into even more sophisticated visual language, so there is a ground to expect a very interesting vision about Kaunas", says the director of the Lithuanian festival.
The beginning of documentation of Savanorių prospektas street was launched by KAUNAS PHOTO festival back in 2009, when Lithuanian-American photographer, born in Kaunas, Darius Kuzmickas created a series of work called “Camera Obscura. Savanoriai”, merging views of interiors with those of street-views and panoramas of Kaunas city, available from the buildings of one of the longest streets of Kaunas. The project was very successful and this is why it revived in KAUNAS PHOTO festival program 2016 and became the subject for the artists.
KAUNAS PHOTO festival, being a part of “Flaneur: new urban narratives” project, co-funded by the “Creative Europe” program, is organizing artistic residencies since November 2015. The artist to start the line-up of residents in Kaunas, was Ukrainian photographer Sergiy Lebedynskyy, in 2015, November.
Further artist their residencies will run between end of April and May. Polish photographer Mariusz Forecki will start his residency in few days, while an artist collective “Caravan Gallery” from United Kingdom will come at the beginning of May. Works produced during the residencies in Kaunas are intended to create modern iconography of the city and adapt new visual language to the dynamic urbanscape of Kaunas as well as create new ways of dialogue with the community. All created works will be exposed at Rotušė square during the autumn program of KAUNAS PHOTO festival 2016.
KAUNAS PHOTO festival, since 2004, is the only annual art photography festival in the Baltic Countries, member of Festival of Light organization and partner of “Flaneur. New Urban Narratives” project, co-funded by the “Creative Europe” program. KAUNAS PHOTO is mainly funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and Kaunas Municipality.