Sunday , May 16 2021

Famous photographer Romualdas Požerskis will show photos of his stormy youth with Lithuanian motorcyclists

March 30 – April 17 Romualdas Požerskis’ personal exhibition “Restless Travelers” will open at the Prospektas Gallery.

1971-1975 R. Požerskis, his classmate Virgis Lankas, cousin Petras Pocius and Zenonas Langaitis traveled by motorcycle around Lithuania, sometimes preparing for further trips, for example, to Tallinn.

At the time, young motorcyclists did not associate with the biker movement or the hippie community that existed in Kaunas. But travel, freedom, sometimes a romantic and sometimes a dramatic experience along the way were inevitably associated with the then alternative Western culture and its rebellious spirit.

Romualdas and his friends listened to The Doors, Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath, read Jack Kerouac, sewed motorcycle jackets with “tassels”, wore baggy jeans and … dreamed of a free Lithuania, without political and ideological restrictions, without restrictions on personal freedom.

The photographs presented in today’s exhibition look like a metaphor for the life, ideals and general political situation of the young generation of the time. They speak of the pursuit of personal and political freedom during the Soviet era, the turbulent twentieth century. in the early 1970s.

Such an interpretation of photographs is now born of temporal distance, knowledge of the historical context of the time, the “transfer” of an image from a personal album to a book and ultimately the innate ability of photography to turn everyday life into eloquent generalization.

However, the exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to clean the layers of interpretations that covered the photographs one after the other, so that in the photographs, which at the time were only for personal use, you feel the “living” moment and their aesthetic perpetuation. heroes.

R. Požerskis’ youth diary, amateur films and personal photo albums of fellow photographers, which are exhibited together with the photographs, will help to reveal a direct relationship with the period immortalized in the photographs.

Prospect Gallery (Gedimino Ave. 43, Vilnius) working hours: II-V 12: 00-18: 00, VI 12: 00-16: 00.

The activities of the Union of Lithuanian Photographic Artists are funded by the Lithuanian Council of Culture.

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