Overview participating exhibitions

Behind Walls
2008

Behind Walls

Antanas Sutkus

UNTITLED (Lithuania, 1959-1999)

When he was still very young, the Lithuanian photographer Antanas Sutkus became acquainted with the cruelty of the communist system. His father committed suicide, his mother fled to the West and left him behind with his grandparents. Nevertheless, as a 'soviet photographer' he had to focus on the sunny life that supposedly was the creation of the communist state. He got around this rule by doing much of his photography in the countryside, where there was less surveillance. The putative allegiance of Lithuania to the Soviet Union also permitted extra latitude, allowing Sutkus to document everyday life in Lithuania, which was anything but sunny. He was also wise enough to never publish or show this work, such as a report on a school for blind children. When his photograph 'Pioneer' won an important Western prize in 1970, complaints to the Central Committee termed him the 'photographing Solzhenitsyn'. Although this title was not without its dangers, Sutkus rapidly became the most famous photographer in his country.

  • UNTITLED (Lithuania, 1959-1999)

    When he was still very young, the Lithuanian photographer Antanas Sutkus became acquainted with the cruelty of the communist system. His father committed suicide, his mother fled to the West and left him behind with his grandparents. Nevertheless, as a 'soviet photographer' he had to focus on the sunny life that supposedly was the creation of the communist state. He got around this rule by doing much of his photography in the countryside, where there was less surveillance. The putative allegiance of Lithuania to the Soviet Union also permitted extra latitude, allowing Sutkus to document everyday life in Lithuania, which was anything but sunny. He was also wise enough to never publish or show this work, such as a report on a school for blind children. When his photograph 'Pioneer' won an important Western prize in 1970, complaints to the Central Committee termed him the 'photographing Solzhenitsyn'. Although this title was not without its dangers, Sutkus rapidly became the most famous photographer in his country.

  • UNTITLED (Lithuania, 1959-1999)

  • UNTITLED (Lithuania, 1959-1999)

  • UNTITLED (Lithuania, 1959-1999)

  • UNTITLED (Lithuania, 1959-1999)

Transition
2008

Transition

Antanas Sutkus

UNTITLED (Lithuania, 1991)

On September 23, 1991, thousands of Lithuanians demonstrated at the KGB headquarters in Vilnius against Soviet domination of their country. On a nearby square a crane wrenched a statue of Lenin from its pedestal. An ironic detail: Lenin's boots were so strongly anchored to the pedestal that they remained behind.

  • UNTITLED (Lithuania, 1991)

    On September 23, 1991, thousands of Lithuanians demonstrated at the KGB headquarters in Vilnius against Soviet domination of their country. On a nearby square a crane wrenched a statue of Lenin from its pedestal. An ironic detail: Lenin's boots were so strongly anchored to the pedestal that they remained behind.

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Behind Walls

Behind Walls

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