Antanas Sutkus, Romualdas Rakauskas, Frédéric Chaubin “Soviet Architecture Photography Albums” Gallery “Vartai”, Vilnius January 31 – March 17, 2012
The Vilnius gallery Vartai is currently showing the photography exhibit “Soviet Architecture Photography Albums”, featuring works by the iconic Lithuanian photographers Antanas Sutkus (1939) and Romualdas Rakauskas (1941), as well as images by the French photographer Frédéric Chaubin (1959). The exhibition is devoted to the contemporary architecture of the then-Soviet Union – whose mission it was to embody the ideals of the Communist Party. Two viewpoints are represented in the exhibit: the works by Frédéric Chaubin, Editor in Chief of the magazine Citizen K, provide the outsider's angle. Chaubin has been hunting down the best examples of soviet architecture for almost a decade now. He is interested in how their innovative forms contrast with the soviet modernist dogmas. In Chaubin's work one is introduced to exotic, even illusory, structures created in the 1970's – 80's. His series became popular upon the release of his photo book Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed (Taschen, 2011). A differing viewpoint is visible in the photographs by the Lithuanian photographers Sutkus and Rakauskas; their images from the 1960's – 80's illustrate the Lithuanian environment at the time – as it was seen by the locals. Visitors to the exhibit will also get an exclusive look at pictures that have been put on public display for the first time.
Frédéric Chaubin. Chisinau's Circus. Moldova. 2009