This year, the focus is on photography and book illustrations from Ukraine and Lithuania.
The photography archive and documentation department of M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art stores a unique collection of 76 photos. In order to draw the attention of the society to the everyday life of refugees heavily affected by the complicated international relationships, the Museum has organised the exhibition “From Unknown to Unknown. World War II Refugees in Lithuania” to commemorate the past events still echoing today.
27–30.06 | outdoor exhibition available at all times | The Hartwig Alley
Romualdas Požerskis (b. 1951 in Vilnius) is one of the best known Lithuanian photographers, famous for his incredible sensitivity in observing and documenting reality. He lives and works in Kaunas. Since 1993 he has been teaching the history and aesthetics of photography at Vytautas Magnus University. Požerskis has been a member of the Lithuanian Photographers Association since 1976.
Romualdas Požerskis works with large-scale projects, where each is a narration consistent in terms of aesthetics and documentary record. Themes picked up by Požerskis, their depth and the visual language of his documentary prose can be described as epic. Each of the extensive cycles he is famous for, has been photographed continuously for years and is meant to be an exhaustive tale about a given topic, but with a clear focus on humans. “Art is an ability to get close to human beings, and not an external effect or an uncontrolled expression of one’s self”, says Požerskis
In the series “Old Towns of Lithuania (1974-1982)”, the author has ambitiously strived to show the relations between people and cities and to keep the images in the genre of street photography, a rare sight both in Lithuania of the time and the Soviet Union. With aesthetic precision, impressive abbreviation and highlighted geometry, Požerskis’ photos Focus on the topic: “The fact of a concrete life is more interesting to me than any eye-catching abstract composition”. With incredible care and attention, Romualdas Požerskis captures in his black and white photographs the lives of ordinary people, the residents of old, run-down districts in big, Lithuanian cities.
27–30.06 | 10.00–20.00 | Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 5a – ground floor
The exhibition “Peekaboo” at Workshops of Culture in Lublin is an invitation to the magical world of book illustrations and a unique opportunity to become its part. In the nooks and crannies of a beautiful old building in the Old Town we will meet large-format characters, usually hidden inside books. It will also be an opportunity to make up your own endings to well-known stories. With the help of new technologies we will enter literary realms and become protagonists ourselves. The exhibition presents children’s book illustrations by 15 Polish, 5 Lithuanian and 5 Ukrainian artists. These selected titles showcase their innovation, artistic expressivity, diversity and inventiveness. The arrangement of the exhibition space, inspired by book pages, invites everyone to play and is sure to encourage the next generation of young readers to explore literature.
June – October 2019; official opening: 23 June 2019, 16.00 | Workshops of Culture in Lublin, Grodzka 7