Seeing through a glass darkly: photographs by Ramunas Danisevicius, Dmitry Konradt, Igor Mukhin, Vaclovas Straukas, Antanas Sutkus, Andrey TarkovskyRimaldas Viksraitis

Seeing Through a Glass Darkly is photographic exhibition of 7 artists from Lithuania
and Russia. It presents an unofficial history of photographic work taken in Eastern
Europe from 1960s to the present day. Over 40 meditative photographs are gathered
in this exhibition, by some of the most important yet not fully discovered artists from
Lithuania and Russia including Igor Mukhin, Antanas Sutkus, Andrey Tarkovsky and
Rimaldas Viksraitis.

Based on the words of the Apostle Paul: “For Now we see through a glass darkly” this
exhibition reminds us of the political uncertainty, as in Igor Mukhin’s Moscow series
taken during the coup of 1990s, and Andrey Tarkovsky’s polaroids from Italy at the
start of his exile in 1980s. Behind the first layer of straight photo reportage, Ramunas
Danisevicius uncovers a psychological portrait of today’s Lithuania. Antanas Sutkus’s
1960s striking images from an orphanage for blind children are full of sadness and
longing for truth, as in Plato’s allegory of the cave, the reality is perceived partially,
only seeing the shadows and hearing the echoes.

Focusing on photographs taken in unfamiliar places, ranging from Dmitri Konradt’s
lost courtyards of St Petersburg to Vaclovas’s Straukas’s foggy landscapes of small
Lithuanian villages and Rimaldas Viksraitis’s desolate farms, Seeing Through a Glass
Darkly projects a deeply poetic visual perspective of life in Lithuania and Russia
bypassing ideology and official history.