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Freedom Within Us. East German Photography 1980-1989

Authors: Sonia Voss; Philippe Seclier (ed.)
Title: Freedom Within Us. East German Photography 1980-1989
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Art History, Photography

Nearly thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall (the Anniversary will be celebrated in 2019), what do we know about East German photography? This body of work - a territory, borne of a country that, since the 1920s has played a central role in the history of photography; a period spanning four decades, from 1949 to 1989 - should be brought to light. From the various perspectives possible, the book focusses on how, in an authoritarian state relying on the physical constraints of the body (denial of the individual in favour of the people , confinement within G.D.R. borders, normativity bodies regarded as tools of production and vectors of ideology, constant Stasi surveillance), photography was a medium where the individual asserts, resists and expresses its freedom. The photographs presented here represent the decade predating the fall of the Wall and were taken by 14 different photographers.

38.00 EUR

Borrowed Sympathy

Author: Kristina Alijošiūtė
Title: Borrowed Sympathy
Publisher: Self-published, 
Subject: Artists' Books, Photography, Zines

Borrowed Sympathy is a collective diary containing 14 personal stories from different individuals. It's a call to share details acquainted by simpky living one's day-to-day life with irs brights and darks. It can be a feeling, self-criticism, random observation or anything we would usually find not significant enough to be shared on social media. 

sympathy (noun): understanding between people; common feeling; support in the form of shared feelings or opinions; agreement with or an approval of an option or aim; a favourable attituted. 

Contributions by Algė Ramanauskienė, Eglė Ožalaitė, Elisa Rodríguez, Demian Jacob, Justas Ambrizas, Kelly A. Berry, Kristina Alijošiūtė, Lisa-Mary Dickinson, Mariejem Tordjo, Robert Pantel, Stasys Mačiulskas, Vaiva Žemaitytė. All the photos were submitted by contributors. 

Risography (printed by Drucken 3000, Berlin), limited edition of 75. 
Cover picture and the color of  a rubber band may vary. 

14.00 EUR

Archives (Pohulianka)

Author: Algirdas Šeškus
Title: Archives (Pohulianka). Photographs 1975-1983
Publisher: Lithuanian Art Museum
Subject: Monographs

The name of Algirdas Šeškus, a photographer from Vilnis, is often mentioned by art critics and historians of photography when marking a turning point in Lithuanian photography. Šeškus focuses on the nature of the visible, on the matching of the intention and the meaning with the fact (the event being the act of photographing itself), the de-contextualisation of the content. Developing his creation without a direction, without any topics, without artistic research into objects, without conceptual projects, and thus cultivating the aesthetics of "amateurishness", the artist has balanced between artistic nihilism and the fetishism of the creaive act, between the underground and the official, between collectivism and individualism (...) His position is expressed in indistintict, blurred snapshots, devoid of any order and messy from the point of view of composition, and the bleak, minimalist form of the print, lacking in contrast, as well as by the valueless and uninteresting choice of content. 

The 1875-1983 archive of photographs reveals a (neo)avant-garde(anti)aesthetics, experimental expression, and original ideas, which found their expression beyond its limits of traditional Lithuanian photography. - Margarita Matulytė

*In the past Pohulianka (now it is Jono Basanavičiaus st.) was a well-known part of Vilnius. The name originated from Polish word pohulanka, and means "to have a drink, a pub crawl, a feast".

6.00 EUR


Author: Algirdas Šeškus, Gintaras Didžiapetris (ed.)
Title: TV
Publisher: Lietuvos nacionalinis radijas ir televizija  / Lithuanian National Radio and Television
Subject: Artists' Books

What you might take in your hands, is a selection of photographs made by Algirdas Šeškus while at work as a camera operator at the National Television. All of the images were made between 1975 and 1985. The book is published on the occassion of the 60 year anniversary since the first television broadcast in Lithuania

36.00 EUR

Tai yra Vilnius / This Is Vilnius

Authors:  Andrej Vasilenko; Gediminas G. Akstinas, Gerda Paliušytė (eds.)
Title: Tai yra Vilnius / This is Vilnius
Publisher: Self-published
Subject: Artists' Books

Andrej Vasilenko’s new photobook is a presentation of his ongoing project, started in 2014, and his first solo publication. ‘This is Vilnius’ draws a portrait of the Lithuanian capital as a diverse city in constant flux. It captures Vilnius’ multilayered history, laconically builds the storylines of its alternative versions, and test the possibilities of exposing the city’s chimeric identity through artistic and investigative documentary. According to Gerda Paliušytė, one of the book’s editors, in these photographs Vilnius, much like a drive around town without a definite aim, is just as personal as it is universal, and its definition, as well as the romanticism, humor or melancholy evoked thusly, rests not only on long-term social and cultural changes, but also on the daily individual experience of the city and the natural change of seasons. 

30.00 EUR

You Can Call Him Another Man

Author:   Maria Kapajeva
Title: You Can Call Him Another Man
Publisher:  Kaunas Photography Gallery
Subject: Artists' Books

This summer the first artist book of Maria Kapajeva ‘You can call him another man’ was published in collaboration with Kaunas Photography Gallery and partial support by Estonian Cultural Endowment. The project started with a box of negatives the artist found at her parents’ house a few years ago. There were about 200 processed and unprocessed films, shot by her father. Kapajeva excavated their contents, delving deeper into the lost images of the father’s life, to create her own stories by using these photographs he took before his marriage to artist's mother and her birth. She let herself enter into the world of a young man she  never knew, and find connections in what possibly cannot be connected being inspired by Italo Calvino’s words from his novel ‘If on a winter’s night a traveller’.

Shortlisted for the 2018 PhotoBook Awards (First PhotoBook category)

30.00 EUR

Grey, But not Grey

Author:  Algirdas Šeškus 
Title: Grey, But not  Grey
Publisher: Kaunas photography gallery, Galerie du Château d'Eau
Subject: Artists' Books

Vilnius based artist Algirdas Šeškus (b. 1945) is often cited by the texts on art criticism and the history of photography to mark the breaking stage in Lithuanian photography.

The artist made his debut in 1980 during the young photographers’ exhibit in Vilnius, held by the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers. The very first of his showcased photos revealed a new phenomenon challenging Soviet culture.

However, his art has not as of yet received a comprehensive analytical investigation and appraisal. A recent dialogue with the artist breaking the silence of nearly thirty years was inspired by his retrospective at the National Art Gallery in Vilnius, where the works of Algirdas Šeškus – the pioneer of Lithuanian photography avant-garde were on.

20.00 EUR