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Photography exhibit of “HUMANITY“

2010 February 5 @ 17:00 - 2010 March 20 @ 12:00



Participating photo artists:
Aleksandras Macijauskas (Kaunas, Lithuania),
Romualdas Pozerskis (Kaunas, Lithuania),
Romualdas Rakauskas (Kaunas, Lithuania),
Stasys Padalevicius (Kedainiai, Lithuania),
Vydas Becelis (Kedainiai, Lithuania).


Five photographers participate in the exhibition. All five of them present their works on the same theme of Humanity. Each artist has his own unique understanding of time and place. The way of life, the character and the state of people, the human relationship with nature are the themes of interest. The analysis and the efforts to understand other human beings help us to reveal our own essence. It seems that each photographer tests himself and checks the genre’s possibilities. However, each of us is predestined to see the world in a different way. A. Macijauskas, R. Rakauskas and R. Požerskis, St. Padalevičius are the experts of the psychological portrait and the situation. They are known authorities in the Lithuanian art of photography. The artists have earned a lot of international awards. Their earlier works were acquired by the museums, galleries and private collectors. Kėdainiai residents are offered a perfect opportunity to get acquainted with a small part of the big creative heritage. Photographer V. Bečelis has a comparatively smaller experience. His works reveal and express the feelings of this genre and the life nowadays.

ALEKSANDRAS MACIJAUSKAS

Was born in Kaunas on May 16, 1938. Education: Kaunas Secondary School, From 1967 to 1973 Macijauskas worked as a photo correspondent of „Vakarines naujienos “ newspaper Kaunas branch. In 1973 he was an executive secretary of Lithuanian Photoartist’s Union in Vilnius. Since 1974 to 2008 he was secretary of Lithuanian Photoartist’s Union in Kaunas Branch.

In 1978 International Photoartist’s Federation confered on Macijauskas a name of Photoartist. In 1986 he was awarded a Honoured Culture Worker name. In 1995 he became the Winner of Lithuanian National Award. In 1998 he receives the Fifth Degree Order of Gediminas, the Grand Duke of Lithuania, and in 2006 he was awarded the “Golden Cross of Merit” from President of Poland for expanding Lithuanian and Polish cooperation. 

 ROMUALDAS POŽERSKIS

Romualdas Požerskis was born in Vilnius on 7 July, 1951. From 1969’ till 1975 he studied electrical engineering at Kaunas Polytechnic Institute. After graduating he started to work at Photography Art Society of Lithuania. Since 1976 Požerskis has been a member of the Lithuanian Photo Art Union. Since 1993 he has given lectures on the history and aesthetics of photography at Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University. In 1990 he became the Winner of Lithuanian National Award, the highest prize for cultural achievements in Lithuania. In 2004 Romualdas Požerskis was presented in University of Vienna with the prize of Alfred Toepfer, patron of art from Hamburg, for his contribution to the fostering and preservation of Central and Eastern Europe’s cultural heritage. In 2005 he was awarded the Knight of the Cross Order “For the Merits to Lithuania” and in 2006 he was awarded the “Golden Cross of Merit” from President of Poland Lech Kaczynki.  

ROMUALDAS RAKAUSKAS

Biography 

19 08 1941 born in Akmenė.
1958  together with his neighbour and friend A. Bukontas, who later became a poet and a translator. With his camera Smena he photographed the first film and later was given such a camera by his parents.
1958–1959 he published reports, features, short stories and also photographs in the regional newspaper of Mažeikiai.
1959  graduated Pikeliai secondary school (Mažeikiai district).
1959  entered Vilnius University to study Lithuanian language and literature; later transferred to journalism.
1961–1964  Romualdas worked as a photographer for the weekly Literatūra ir  menas.
1964  defended his final dissertation “Photo-Novella as a New Genre” at Vilnius University and was awarded a diploma in journalism.
1964–1967 he worked as a photographer for the magazine Mūsų gamta.
1964–1991 a member of the Lithuanian Journalists’ Union.
1967 – he moved to Kaunas as the editor of the illustration department for the magazine (now weekly newspaper) Nemunas.
1969–1974 a member of the steering committee for the founding of the Lithuanian Photo-graphic Art Society.
1970 –   he joined the Lithuanian Photographic Art Society (now the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers). 

 Awards 

1976  Artist FIAP, the title awarded by the International Federation of  Photographic Art (FIAP).
2004  the Government of the Republic of Lithuania Art Award for his significant contribution to Lithuanian art and culture.
2004  Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas.
2090  he became the Winner of Lithuanian National Award, the highest prize for cultural achievements in Lithuania. 

STASYS PADALEVIČIUS

Birth date and place: 24 May, Kėdainiai district, Milžiemiai village.

Education: Lithuanian Academy of Agriculture (from 1959 to 1964), dredging engineer.  

Employment related to art photography: Public institutions and enterprises in the area of dredging engineering where he was employed.

Member of the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers since 1978.  

Beginning of the creative photography – 1974.

Most important cycles, series, separate works: cycle “The Doom of the Homesteads” (Lith. “Vienkiemių likimas”) (1975-1992), cycle “Meliorators’ summer” (Lith. “Melioratorių vasara”) (1975-1995), “Garden” (Lith. Sodas), “India” Lith. India), photo-narration “Beetroots and E… plus scales” (Lith. “Runkeliai ir E… plius Svarstyklės”) (2005 – 2009).  

Most important personal exhibitions: 1985-2009 – 5 exhibitions in Kėdainiai galleries, 1988 – in Kaunas photo gallery, 1986 – in Moscow, exhibition of economic achievements of the Country, 1985 and 1995 – in Kaunas University of Agriculture.   

National and international awards, prizes: 

“Amber Country – 77″ (Lith. “Gintaro šalis -77) – medal and prize by the Latvian Journalists Union; “Interpressfoto – 77”, Moscow – medal of participant and diploma; “Lauku dzive – 83” Latvia – diploma; ”Horizon” (Lith. “Akiratis”), 1987, Lithuania – I place and prize; 
“Nature – home for everybody” – 94 (Lith. “Gamta – visų namai) – major prize.

VYDAS BEČELIS 

Born in the year of 1958 in the city of Kėdainiai. 

Learned the fundamentals of the figurative art from art critic A. Skridlytė. 

Participated in various painting, graphic arts and photography exhibitions in Lithuania as well as abroad. 

In 2003 became a member of the Union of the Lithuanian Art Photographers 

In 2005 received the status of a creative artist. 

The main themes are painterly-graphical photography, social reporting, Kėdainiai city and Kėdainiai region.