Opening – November 4, 6 p.m.
Many fans of the art of photography have known Algimantas Aleksandravičius as a great portraitist. However, over the last few years, the landscape genre has flourished profusely in his oeuvre. Trips around Lithuania in taking photos of regions and searching for the genotype of Samogitia or Aukštaitija land have supplemented the photographer‘s archive with abundant landscapes. Gradually, they have shaped into a comprehensive panorama of the Lithuanian landscape.
What kind of landscape is that? What is it that has been the most characteristic of the photographer‘s pantheistic worldview? Obviously, that is not the real world, but rather, black and white engravings of landscapes, including precisely composed connections between the earth and sky. Algimantas avoids the traces of man on earth: what is dearer to him is the cosmic level, the geological time of hills and forests, which have no room for the noise made by a human being. He avoids urban geometry or disordered suburban topography. However, his works never destroy the historical motifs, which return in the lines of mounds and the ruts of the autumn road. These are elegiac motifs of conciliation between nature and culture. The small human figures that flicker occasionally on the horizon obey this cyclical nature: they bustle around in the eternal shade of cloud garlands.
The project is funded by Lithuanian Council for Culture
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