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Portrait of Kraziai
Mindaugas Kavaliauskas

Portrait of Kraziai
Mindaugas Kavaliauskas
Sviesos Rastas


310 x 240 mm
154 pages
ISBN 9786098032024

Kraziai, a small city in the north-west of Lithuania, is inseparably linked with Lithuanian identity. For example, it played a prominent role in the Christianisation of the country, and in the development of Lithuanian poetry and science. Kraziai is also a symbol of national resistance. As the principal seat of the Lithuanian church the small city offered fierce resistance to the Russian tzar’s Cossacks. Today there is little of this glorious past to be seen. Kraziai has to deal with a population that is ageing, as younger people emigrate to seek a better life in Western Europe. Their tickets are bought with money from the sale of milk at well under the market price, which gravely damages the city’s most important economic activity. Thus, like so many cities in rural Lithuania, Kraziai is wrestling with the difficult transition to a new era.


About the Artist
Mindaugas Kavaliauskas (b. 1974) is photographer, curator of photography, cultural manager; founder and director KAUNAS PHOTO festival (since 2004), largest annual photo art event in the Baltic countries (yearly, since 2004); founder and curator of F Galerija (Kaunas, Lithuania, 2004-2012). He is invited jury panel member, invited curator within international photo festivals, photography competitions, awards, such as Rencontres d’Arles (France), Fotofest (Houston), Photo Espana (Madrid), etc. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, scholarships, honor titles for achievements in photography.


About the Publisher
Sviesos Rastas or “Script of Light“, the name of which means the translation of the Greek phrase ‘photography’ into Lithuanian.

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