Fotografijos, istorijos, žemėlapiai / Mapping Lithuanian Photography: Histories and Archives

This is a catalogue of two exhibitions and a collection of essays on photography, history, cinema and mapping. The event called photo/carto/historio/graphies is an artistic research project, which uses cartographic strategies to rethink the developments, ideas and stereotypes of Lithuanian photography. The essays published here discuss the re/creation of history and visual constructions of history in cinema, contemporary art and particularly photography. Everything that could not be included into the book (videos, internet comments, etc.) can be found in the project s blog The book is billingual in English and Lithuanian. The reader will find in this volume not only theoretical and philosophical insights, but also many examples from the history of Lithuania, documentary cinema and television films, photography, contemporary and new media art. The book starts with the discussion of the curators about the project and issues it raises; the German art historian Rudolf Frieling has contributed his paper about the links between maps, media, art, archives and text and their representation in contemporary art. The historian Ruta Sermuksnyte discusses representations of the past in film and television and Vasilijus Safronovas analyses the role of power in the formation of history. The textual part of the book ends with a playful essay by the art critic Valentinas Klimasauskas who wanders between photography and reality. A very important component of the book consists of maps and schemes created by the participants of the project; also artists works and documentation of exhibitions. The first exhibition at the Prospekto Gallery included maps and other objects, documentation of the performance and artists works. The second exhibition at the Vilnius Photographic Gallery showed an installation by Milda Zabarauskaite and Robertas Narkus.


Texts: Lina Michelkevičė, Vytautas Michelkevičius, Agnė Narušytė, Rudolf Frieling, Rūta Šermukšnytė, Vasilijus Safronovas, Valentinas Klimašauskas.