Kaunas Photo exhibition

This summer I have been leading photography workshops in Šilainiai, that was part of Kaunas Photo festival educational programme. There will be an exhibition of my students’ work in Šilainiai library 16 September – 1 November 2016. Exhibition opening will be 6pm 16 September. Everyone welcome.

Address: Baltų pr. 81, Kaunas, Lithuania.

Opening hours: I-V 10-19, VI 10- 16, VII closed.

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Tryliktasis tarptautinis fotomeno festivalis KAUNAS PHOTO 2016 metų programoje tyrinėjantis šiuolaikinės fotografijos ir viešosios erdvės santykį, šalia dešimčių aukšto meninio ir estetinio lygio fotografijos parodų, susitikimų su autoriais, paskaitų, fotografijos projekcijų ir daugybės kitų renginių, visą vasarą rengė fotografijos kūrybines dirbtuves jaunimui – „Blokinė kaimynystė“, kuriose kvietė dalyvauti Šilainių, Eigulių ir Kalniečių mikrorajonuose gyvenantį jaunimą ir bendruomenę.

Rugsėjo 16 d., penktadienį, 18 val., Šilainių bibliotekoje (Baltų pr. 81) bus pristatomi pirmosios – kūrybinių dirbtuvių “Blokinė kaimynystė” grupės, vadovaujamos menininkės Evelinos Šimkutės, rezultatai – fotografijų paroda. Parodoje pristatomi šių dalyvių darbai: Indrės Urbelytės, Undinės Tumavičiūtės, Andželos Aoyama, Medos Grandskytės, Ramūno Kazakevičiaus ir Eitvydo Kinaičio. Parodą lydės fotografijų projekcijos, aptariant sukurtus darbus ir socialinių temų gaires. Ekspozicijų pristatymo metu, dalyviai bus apdovanoti kūrybinių dirbtuvių „Blokinė kaimynystė“ baigimo raštais.

Gegužės – birželio mėnesiais prasidėjusios ir iki rudens trukusios dirbtuvės buvo rengiamos siekiant ugdyti socialinę veiklą, bendruomeniškumą, kūrybiškumą, stiprinti vietos identitetą ir domėjimąsi kaimynyste, kūrybinių dirbtuvių metu Šilainių rajonuose gyvenantis jaunimas buvo supažindintas su fotografavimo kūrybinėmis strategijomis, fotoobjektyvais analizavo savo gyvenamąją aplinką, tyrinėjo aktualias blokinių rajonų temas, nuo balkonų estetikos iki automobilių statymo problematikos. Kūrybinių dirbtuvių dalyviams fotografija tapo ne vien tik išraiškos priemone gebančia analizuoti socialines temas, bet ir tam tikru įrankiu naujai komunikavimo, bendrumo, formai sukurti.

Paroda atvira lankytojams iki lapkričio 1 d.
Darbo laikas: I-V 10-19 val., VI 10- 16 val., VII nedirba.

Exhibition from the sculpture series ‘Objects’

Evelina Šimkutė / Exhibition from the sculpture series ‘Objects’

Opening / 22nd August / 7 p.m.
Discussion with the author / 30th August / 6 pm. Participating: Evelina Šimkutė, Jurijus Dobriakovas, dr. Aušra Trakšelytė, Vaida Stepanovaitė.

‘Objects’ fits in various discourses – cultural, urbanistic, architectural, historical and others. The author researches her native Šilainiai micro-district that has dramatically changed. This research is imbued with personal and more extensive experience of a historical epoch as well. Abandoned children’s’ playgrounds, almost seized by nature, are brought back to their original physical form through sculpture. By stopping the decay and also highlighting it, a new relationship with the familiar surroundings is being created. Copies of public objects handmade from stainless steel and concrete can be seen at this enclosed project space. Both these and originals often do not serve their direct function but mark a change of reality, memories and place.

The creative work of Evelina Šimkutė (b. 1985) acts in the field of visual art and curatorial practice and is based on the research of space and time. In 2012 an author graduated from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. ‘Objects’ in Kabinetas project space is the first personal exhibition in Lithuania of the artist,currently working between London and Kaunas. The author is also leading two socio-cultural projects based on the practice of de-centralization: ’Šilainiai Photo’ (silainiaiphoto.com) and ‘Šilainiai Project’ (silainiaiproject.com) in the micro-district of Šilainiai, Kaunas. The final exhibition of the latter project will take place at Kabinetas on 31st October – 14th November, 2016.

More about the author: Evelina Simkute, evelinasimkute.com

‘Objects’ will be on view 22nd – 31st of August, Monday to Friday 1-7 p.m. (A. Mapu st. 20, Kaunas). For special appointments and other information please contact +37061183444, info@arthesis.lt

Evelina Šimkutė / Objects
Photography / Rūta Stepanovaitė

Šilainiai Project

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Šilainiai Project artist residency talk series ‘Tea with the Artist’

23 July – Arata Mori (Japan) 14:00

27 July – Brooke Carlson (Australia) 18:00

5 August – Francis Olvez-Wilshaw (England) 18:00

18 August – Milda Gailiūtė (Šilainiai) 18:00

24 August – The Lake Twins (England) 18:00

ADDRESS: Šilainiai Library – Baltų pr. 81, Kaunas, Lithuania.

Project Exhibition October 31 – November 14 2016 in project space ‘Kabinetas’, Mapu g. 20 Kaunas, Lithuania.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Šilainiai Artist In Residence, Šilainiai microdistrict, Kaunas, Lithuania

Artist mini-residency program set up by the local artist Evelina Simkute.

International artists stay with a host family in Šilainiai up to two weeks and make works in public spaces. There are opportunities to work with local schools/ community groups and exhibit works in local venues. At the moment the residency is by invitation only.

www.silainiaiproject.com

ŠILAINIAI PROJECT FUNDRAISER

Šilainiai Project GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/silainiai
Hi,
My name is Evelina. I have been living in London for over 10 years and during this time, I have graduated with an honours degree in Fine Art and have also worked in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Despite considering myself as a Londoner, my inspiration for my current work comes from the Šilainiai estate in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania, the place where I grew up.

I have recently started two projects – ‘Šilainiai Photo’ and ‘Šilainiai Project’ in which I have decided to take the next four months to work on them full-time. This is a major step for me as I am funding my time in Lithuania by myself, however as I do not have any other source of funds, I am in much need your help. Please take the time to read the project descriptions below and I hope you will find them as special as I do.

Image: Photography workshop at Grusas Art Gymnasium in Šilainiai.

‘Šilainiai Photo’ is a community photography project. 

–       Šilainiai Visual Archive: a collection of old and new Šilainiai photographs from local residents, accessible online: www.silainiaiphoto.com;

–       Photo-walks in Šilainiai (free and open to everyone);

–       Photography workshops for 13-18 year olds in local schools;

–       Photography exhibitions in Šilainiai, displaying photographs contributed by Šilainiai residents and those created during the photo-walks and photography workshops;

–       Šilainiai Photo publication.

The project aims to raise questions and start conversations about Šilainiai through the medium and process of photography as well as discovering and encouraging creativity in Šilainiai community.

Image: Photography workshop in Šilainiai.

Image: Photo-walk in Šilainiai,  photo by Vita Ku.

Image: Photo-walk in Šilainiai.

‘Šilainiai Project’ is an artist mini-residency program in Šilainiai microdistrict in Kaunas, Lithuania. It invites international artists to stay with a host family in Šilainiai for one to two weeks and make temporary works in public spaces. The residency functions as a managed ‘couch surfing’ but for artists and therefore no money change hands.

In addition to using public spaces for making work, each artist does a presentation/ Artist talk/ Q&A with local community. Extracts from artists’ daily work will be presented online on the project website: www.silainiaiproject.com.

Image: Artist working on location in Šilainiai.

Towards the end of the year, all artists will partake in a group exhibition and it will take place at ‘Kabinetas’ project space Mapu St. 20 Kaunas, 31 October – 14 November 2016.

At the moment the residency is by invitation only.

The artists who will be resident in Šilainiai: June – August 2016, Brooke Carlson (Australia), Francis Olvez-Wilshaw (UK), The Lake Twins (UK).

What are the funds going to be used for?

Šilainiai Photo:

–       Printing photographs

–       Mounting work for exhibition

–       Exhibiting fixtures

–       Small printed publication

Šilaniai Project:

–       Basic drawing materials (paper, pencils, etc)

–       Sculpture materials (wood, steel)

–       Exhibition venue costs

Both myself and participating artists are funding their own travel expenses.

Image: Photography workshop in Šilainiai.

All patrons will be noted on the project’s websites, exhibition and printed material and will receive regular updates of the work in progress.

I feel so strongly about these projects as if they were like a void in my life that I just needed to fill. I know that statement may sound a bit far fetched but but it has been on my mind for many years. Now that I have taken a leap of faith and finally putting it into practice, I couldn’t be more happier and excited of the things to come.

I feel both privileged and thankful to be able to return to Lithuania and create work that I truly love and hopefully that will inspire others to do so as well.

I very much appreciate any of your help and support for me and my projects.  You will be helping me to elevate my projects and my career as an artist to the next level. Thank you all!

Evelina

Šilainiai Project GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/silainiai

Solo Show – Save the Date

Please save the date for the Evelina Simkute solo show

at ‘Kabinetas’ project space, Mapu g. 20 Kaunas, Lithuania

22 – 31 August 2016.

This exhibition will present Evelinas’ sculptural work to Lithuanian audience for the first time.

Invitation to follow.

Educational program “Kids on the Block”

I was invited to lead photography workshops for Kaunas Photo festival this summer. Fantastic opportunity for 13-18 year olds to develop a project and have their work exhibited in September! Registration is open until 2 June.

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From Kaunas Photo website:

The thirteenth international photo art festival KAUNAS PHOTO 2016 in its program investigating relationship between contemporary photography and public space, near the tens of high artistic and aesthetic level exhibitions, meetings with authors, lectures, photographic projections and many other events, also organizes workshops for the youth – ‚Kids on the Block‘, to which are welcome to register thirteen – eighteen aged pupils from Eiguliai, Kalniečiai and Šilainiai wards.

Starting May – June and continuing till the autumn , workshops will be leaded by experienced masters of photography, who are also the inhabitants of these wards: In Kalniečiai, A. Smetona gymnasium advices will be giving photojournalist Artūras Morozovas; in Eiguliai , Vitebskas library – art critic, photographer, Vytautas Magnum University lecturer Tomas Pabedinskas; and from the third of June workshop will start in Šilainiai, it  will be lead by photo artist, ‚Šilainiai photo‘ organizer – Evelina Šimkutė.

Seeking to foster social activity, sociality, creativity, to stronger identity of the place and interest in neighborhood, during workshops the youth, living in Kalniečiai, Eiguliai and Šilainiai wards, will be introduced to creative strategy of photography, will analyze their living space by photo objective, will investigate actual themes of block wards – from the aesthetic of balconies till the problems of car parking. The workshops of photography will become not just the way of expression, in which participants will analyze social themes, also finds new ways to create  a new form of communication in community.

The result of workshops – three exhibitions of participants together with their lecturers: 15 September  – Šilainiai library, 22 September–  A. Smetona gymnasium and 29 September – Vitebskas library. Exhibitions will be accompanied by evenings of photography projections, discussing created works and social themes. Participants of “Kids on the Block” will be awarded with  graduation diploma.

Submission requirements

 Entrants must be pupils aged thirteen – eighteen, living in Eiguliai, Kalniečiai or  Šilainiai wards. According to the living ward will be collected three separate workshop groups, every  no more than 20 members.

  • Šilainiai group – leader Evelina Šimkutė, sessions will go on in Grušas art gymnasium, (the first meeting on 3 of June, 10 am.);
  • Eiguliai group – leader Tomas Pabedinskas, sessions – in Vitebskas library, (the first meeting on 27 of May, 3 pm.);
  • Kalniečiai group – leader Artūras Morozovas, sessions will go on in A. Smetona gymnasium, (the first meeting on 21 of June, 1 pm.).

Technical preparations for workshops:

Every participant must have digital camera.

 

Šilainiai Photo

 

In autumn 2015 I have launched a project called ‘Šilainiai Photo’. It is based in Šilainiai microdistrict in Kaunas, Lithuania. The project involves collecting both archival and new photographs of the area produced by the local community as well as photo-walks and photography workshops in local schools.

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Silainiai Photo workshop in Grusas Art Gymnasium, Kaunas 2015.
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Photo-walk in Šilainiai, January 2016. Photography: Vita Ku

I am pleased to say that the project has been very well received by the local community. Spring 2016 photo-walk was lead by a local community Association “Šilainių baltai“.

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Association “Šilainių baltai“ leading the spring photo-walk in Šilainiai, 2016.

I was invited to curate an exhibition in honour of Šilainiai 30th birthday. The exhibition took place in Šilainiai library and featured photographic documents from Lithuanian National Archive, photographs made by Grusas Art Gymnasium students and Romas Simkus and my own works.

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Silainiai Photo launching exhibition, 2015.

You may follow the progress of the project on its website www.silainiaiphoto.com.

More images from the photo-walks are in the Worksop section.

Photographs contributed by the local residents can be found in the Foto section.