Vytautas Michelkevičius (Vilnus, Lithuania)
Leaping from photography to PhD..
20 April, 3 p.m., Impact Hub Odessa
..or how did I move from photographer to its researcher and curator and later to curator of Nida Art Colony and National pavilion in Venice biennale …
In this curatorial talk, I will leap through last 15 years of my artistic & curatorial practice from the start as self-taught photographer to closing this chapter with PhD in critical media studies and institutional (art) photography analysis in Soviet Lithuania throughout 1960-1980s.
In 2011 I have curated a region connecting exhibition in Tallinn Art Hall with young artists using photography from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Titled “Generation of the Place: Image, Memory and Fiction in the Baltics” and later published as a book it was reviewing the approach to the (local) place of the generation born in 1980s. Around the same time I started to work as artistic director of Nida Art Colony – art, education and residency center located on the Baltic Sea Coast. Since 2011 I have developed and co-curated 6 editions of Inter-format symposium – an art festival and conference bringing together artists & researchers to remote place for intensive knowledge exchange. Both the symposium and the residency programme hosted over 100 artists every year from all over the world.
In 2015 I with my colleagues won the competition with artist Dainius Liškevičius project „Museum“ to curate Lithuanian Pavilion in Venice Biennale where we were addressing issues of new-nationalisms, artist’s power and freedoms both in totalitarian regime (Soviet Union) and now. Of course photography has played some important role in this project too: Antanas Sutkus, Jean-Paul Sartre and art destruction in Leningrad Hermitage.
Last couples of years I was researching diagrammatic thinking and artistic research. My book on this topic „Converged by Artistic Research in Lithuania and Beyond: Along Contours of Knowing“ (Vilnius Academy of Arts Press, 2016) just came out and English translation is being published at the moment.
Most of the publications will be present with me during the talk.
Vytautas Michelkevičius (Vilnus, Lithuania) is a curator, art and media researcher, publisher, and associate professor in Vilnius Academy of Arts (Photography and Media Art Department). Artistic director of Nida Art Colony, www.nidacolony.lt
Kevin WY LEE
Singapore Photography: Desires and anxieties of a small city state
22 April, 5.30 p.m., Impact Hub Odessa
What are the desires and anxieties of a small city state that is often held as a model of governance, economic development and social progress? And how do these manifest in the works of Singapore’s artists and photographers? This presentation will introduce a selection of contemporary practitioners and their concerns and works.
Kevin WY LEE
Kevin Lee is a photographer and creative director in Singapore. In 2010 Kevin founded Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) – a platform for photographers and artists in Asia, which became the most powerful photographic information resource in Asia.
Kevin worked as a curator and jury of various festivals and programs, including Angkor photo festival (Cambodia), WMA with the masters award (Hong Kong), Belfast photo festival (UK), the Prix Pictet prize, Biennale PhotoQuai (France), Hong Kong photobook awards, Feature shoot emerging photography awards (USA) and Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards (Malaysia) and others.