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The International Meeting Place


Mindaugas Kavaliauskas

Founder & Director
KAUNAS PHOTO, Kaunas, Lithuania

Mindaugas Kavaliauskas is a curator, consultant, and publisher of photography. In 2004, he founded the KAUNAS PHOTO festival, which he has been directing ever since. KAUNAS PHOTO, the longest-running art photography festival in the Baltic states, focuses on works by emerging photographers and great, underexposed photography from all over the world.

Mindaugas Kavaliauskas studied photography in Kaunas, Lithuania; Arles, France; Paris, France; and Lausanne, Switzerland, and he interned at Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles from 1998-2002, and at Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne in Switzerland from 2000-2001. He has taught photography in many universities and schools, and has curated a number of exhibitions in photographic festivals, galleries, and museums in both Europe and Asia, among them FotoGrafia, Rome, Italy; Fotohonap, Budapest, Hungary; Photaumnales, Beauvais, France; Photodemer, Vannes, France; Backlight, Tampere, Finland; Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China; China-Lishui International Photo Festival, Lishui, China; Auckland Festival of Photography, Auckland, New Zealand.

Reviewing portfolios at festivals such as Recontres d’Arles, PHotoESPAÑA, Eyes On (Vienna), and KAUNAS PHOTO STAR has been the most important channel for sourcing photographic works for his curatorial projects. 

Mindaugas Kavaliauskas is interested in and open to all styles and themes of photography, though his specific focus is documentary and conceptual long-term projects. Kavaliauskas speaks English, French, German, Russian, Polish, and Lithuanian.

Session One

The International Meeting Place

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