Together, Lithuanian photographer Rimaldas Vikšraitis and British photographer Martin Parr, present the photographic project the Real World.
The first collision of these two photographers took place in 2009, in the European photography festival "Rencontres d'Arles." Here, R. Vikšraitis nominated by famous British photographer Martin Parr won "Discovery of the Year" award. M. Parr started his international career as a photographer exhibiting in Arles at 1986. Some more specific links between two photographers can be recognized. Both authors are open to the world around them and are ready to show our tragicomical sides of life. Only one of them discovers them in globalized world, the other - in a small provincial town.
As in photographs of M. Parr either in photo stories of R. Vikšraitis can be seen shocking extremes of the grotesque, the manifestation of strange forms which they choose, symbols and unusual perspectives. All of these elements responds the basic power of artists and a message which they sent to encode to the viewers - a reflection of real life.
For transferring this item, photographer M. Parr uses his artillery: criticism, humor and temptations. Consequently, the British artist's pictures are original, playful and easily readable. However, despite the simple expression, the author penetrates into the deeper layers of existence by showing how we actually live, how we present ourselves to society and what we appreciate the most. Leisure, consumption and communication are the concepts that this British photographer has been researching for several decades now on his worldwide travels. In the process, he examines national characteristics and international phenomena to find out how valid they are as symbols that will help future generations to understand our cultural peculiarities.
Meanwhile, R. Vikšraitis in his photo lines documenting a close relationship with the fixed reality, and allegedly shooting an objective look at the people are not soften up (unsure what 'are not soften up' and 'in his photo lines' means), that’s why his works can not be equated to the tradition of Lithuanian photography either with the prevailing trends of contemporary photography.
The meeting of these photographers' in our country is one of the most significant event not only in the local city context, but also in the history of Lithuanian photography. City residents and visitors will have a unique opportunity to get to know M. Parr and R. Vikšraitis creative personalities and to find in their photographs close connections and differences of social life.
The exhibition opens on September 10th. The Lithuanian Architects' Union gallery (Vilniaus st. 22), hosting R. Vikšraitis' part of the show opens at 5.00pm and shortly after the Kaunas Photo Gallery (City Hall sq. 1 / Vilniaus st. 2) where M.Parr's photographs are to be exhibited will open at 5.30pm. The exhibitions continue till October 15th, 2010.