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2012 January 6 @ 17:00 - 2012 February 24 @ 12:00

Vetre Antanaviciute

India is an expressive, colorful, interesting country full of contrasts with many differences and similarities, which, however, cannot be judged at first sight. 

The author shows the photographs created during the journey across the far-away country via not the usual tourist routes, but to the places where the real Indian life can be seen. “Only by overcoming the first shock – the crowds of thousands of people, dust and stench, the persistently beeping cars, one is able to see the true Indian beauty. A few dare to go out into the streets, where perhaps none of the white has ever appeared yet. However, only there the true Indian life can be observed. Time stops, it seems as if you are travelling by the time machine – everything has remained the same it was the hundred years ago. All the life is going on straight in the streets: some people bath, others sell vegetables and fruits, the third part of them produce clothes, while the rest – simply sit in front of their home doorstep all day long. Here the man and the environment merge, creating the incredible harmony of colors”, writes the photo-artist while presenting the exhibition of travel impressions.

 Doctor Donatas Brandisauskas

 Siberia is the area of 13.1 million. km², where due to the harsh climatic conditions, only few people can be found, however these are very ingenious. 

 This is a 17-month-period (2004-2005) of living and wandering together with the Orochens – a small nation of reindeer breeders and hunters living in the Eastern Siberia (the region of Northern Buryatia and Chita). While watching their day to day activities and recording the stories, D. Brandisauskas, PhD in social anthropology, collected the ethnographic material for his dissertation.  

Although for centuries Russian specialists of ethnography and regional studies have been declaring the dying-out and degradation of the Orochens nation, this exhibition seeks to demonstrate that the Orochens, the number of whom amounts to a thousand in the Transbaikal region, have successfully adapted to the post-soviet environment. After the privatization of the kolkhoz reindeers and the regained independence from the centralized economy, the Orochens have been successfully returning to the independent living in taiga. Today, they successfully revive the old knowledge, continue the traditional economic practices such as reindeer grazing, hunting, and successfully make use of the innovation. The Orochens are trying to revive the ritual practices in order to secure the assistance of spirits, while assimilating to the local landscape, as well as seeking the political goals at the same time.

32 ethnographic photographs and the Orochens household artifacts – reindeer saddle and hunter shoes – are exhibited.

 Vytautas Daraskevicius

 China is an exceptional country having a quarter of all the population of our planet that can be characterized by one of the oldest civilizations.

 Five visits of China during the last six years – and each time could be characterized by something new. The visited cities of China: Guangzhou and its vicinity, Hong Kong, Youngshou and the shores of the River Li, Hainan Island, its cities of Haikou and Sanya, the fishermen’s village Boao, Yunnan province in the southwest of China – its capital Kunming and the tourist cities of Dali, Lijang, Sichuan – the province of the central China – the capital of Chengdu and the city of Dazhou, the major city of Chongqing, the largest Chinese river confluence, the National Park of exotic rocks in the surroundings of Zhangjiajie, Shanghai and the mountain range of Guangshang not so far away from it, the capital Beijing, as well as the segment of the Great Wall of China, Datong and the convent situated in its surroundings and found poised on the rocks, the caves with a lot of various statues of Buda. The photo-artist sailed the Yangtze River via the tour of Three Passes. In order to help the viewer to get acquainted with the magic of this incredible and interesting country at least a little, V. Daraskevicius described and classified the photographs into certain groups.