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Exhibition “Edis Jurčys. Existential Angst”. Guided tour of the exhibition

Event time: from 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Klaipėda-born Edis Jurčys lived in this city until 1981. The photographer’s name is rather well known in Lithuania. Although the artist has lived in the United States for more than three decades, he always tries to first present his latest works in his home country, which he visits almost every year. At the end of last year, he donated a portion of his photographic archive to the Klaipėda County Ieva Simonaitytė Public Library. It represents the largest part of his photographic archive held in Lithuania.

The exhibition “Existential Angst” was created as a response to today’s world, which has been in the grips of the pandemic for the second year as well as in light of the catastrophes and social conflicts that the world is facing. It has already been unveiled in Klaipėda and Šiauliai. This specific part of the photography series was chosen for this exhibition as it has not yet been displayed in the capital of Lithuania.

“The Power of Death and Life” is about the dangers of indifference. The artist delves into the topic of climate change and the extreme climatic changes observed in specific regions which lead to adverse consequences. His photographs depict California wildfires ravaging entire villages and towns, destroying livelihoods and killing people. According to E. Jurčys, his current works can be viewed as visual diaries, expressed by means of photography. Thus, this time he focuses on global topics rather than local ones that he explored previously. The tour is led by the curator of the exhibition Danguolė Ruškienė.

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Project promoter: Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Klaipėda County Ieva Simonaitytė Public Library and funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and Klaipėda City Municipality