From April 28 to May 12
The maitre of new Polish photography will polish the iconography of the longest street of Kaunas
On 28 of April, the third resident of “Flaneur: new urban narratives” project – Polish photographer Mariusz Forecki arrived in Kaunas. Photographer will explore Savanoriai Street for two weeks and will join others art residents such as Henrik Duncker, Sergiy Lebedynskyy, by creating the new iconography of Kaunas city, focusing on its longest street - Savanorių prospektas.
Mariusz Forecki (1962) lives and works in Poznan. He is a graduate of the Institute of Creative Photography at the Silesian University in Opava (the Czech Republic). Photographer is fond of social photography and makes documents of changes occurring in Poland from 1989. He accomplished a large number of photographic projects e.g. “New religions in Poland – Krishna believers”, “New, wonderful world”, “Colours of power”, “Beyond paradise”, “Crumbs of the day”, “Blue Box”, “Politicians”. Mariusz Forecki is a laureate of the Medal of Young Art for pictures concerning social matters. For his photos he often received awards in different contests among others several times he was a prize-winner of Polish Press Photography Contest and in the contest by the Newsweek Magazine for the best newspaper report. He photographs for top Polish magazines. ZPAF (Association of Polish Art Photographers) rewarded him for his work in 2004. Mariusz Forecki and a fellow photographer Adrian Wykrota founded a new photography gallery – “Pix.House” in Poznan, in 2015.
He often photographs in the areas previously belonging to the USSR (the then name of Russia): Armenia, Belarus, Chechnya, Dagestan, Ukraine and Lithuania. Recently he has been coming to Lithuania to continue his series about the Lithuanian-Russian border at the hometown of his mother, Kybartai. He made photographic next to frontiers such as: Poland – Germany, Poland – Belarus and Poland – Ukraine.
Mariusz Forecki is well known for Lithuanian photography audience. His photography series „Polititians“ was shown during KAUNAS PHOTO POLSKA program in 2009. In 2014, KAUNAS PHOTO presented an exhibition of his archival work about the January events in Vilnius in 1991 at the Parliament of Lithuania.
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.
At the beginning of May, KAUNAS PHOTO festival will have the last residents - artist collective “Caravan Gallery” from United Kingdom. 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.