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1.Pauļus Petraitis (Paulius Petraitis, LT), ‘’Figūras’’, 2021.jpg


“Surfaces” by Paulius Petraitis

Berga Bazārs, Marijas iela 13 k.3, Riga


Within the framework of the Riga Photography Biennial 2022, we invite you to see the newest exhibition Surfaces in ISSP Gallery by Lithuanian artist Paulius Petraitis. In his first solo exhibition in Latvia, Petraitis focuses on the study of analog and digital materiality in photography.


The exhibition Surfaces expands on the Riga Photography Biennial 2022 central theme - isolation and offers viewers the opportunity to study the development of informative image coding.

In Surfaces (2021- ongoing), Lithuanian artist-researcher Paulius Petraitis focuses on and examines the exterior side of photography. Emphasising the materiality aspect of the screen and print, images are double distorted. Using isolated moments and scenes from films as his source material, Petraitis re-photographs them adding multiple layers of analogue and digital intervention. Anything – a hand gesture, a car's beam, or rubber boots are removed from the continuity of the original environment and is transformed into an image with new possibilities for interpretation. Despite the visible distortions, together all the images twist in an imaginary narrative that forms an impression about a cosmic story.

Paulius Petraitis (1985) is an artist, theorist, and independent curator based in Vilnius. His practice orbits around image-making in broader social and cultural contexts. Much of his work explores the role of technology in meaning-making and examines ways how photographic images function in online and offline environments. Petraitis’ recent project A man with dark hair and a sunset in the background explores visual recognition through a dialogue-based approach with an image interpretation software. It was presented in a solo exhibition at Lokomotif in Lithuania and published in 2020. Petraitis’ art books are held in numerous institutional collections, including libraries at MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and MACBA, as well as the Clark Art Institute and Yale University.

Opening hours on 26.05 (RLT) 18-22

Berga Bazārs, Marijas iela 13 k.3

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