Klaus Richter’s exhibition Bajorai will be launched on 6 November at Si:said gallery (Daržų st 18, Klaipeda)
„Bajorai is an essayistic exploration of one village in Lithuania. My aim is to tell part of its story; about its past and present by combining photographs that I took in the years 2017 to 2019, scans of old photographs of the family albums from the people of Bajorai and a written text in the form of an essay inspired by interviews from the people and impressions of Bajorai“, says the artist.
The decay odor becomes palpable when looking at the pictures of Bajorai. They portray objects that will soon be gone, in which the process of decomposition has already taken hold.
Attention is drawn to materiality as well as transience by juxtaposing photographs where textile is the main component with reproductions of photographs from old family albums of the people of Bajorai that are printed on textile.
In an essayistic form, the series approaches issues of trauma and an unresolved past while it speaks of forgotten people who inhabit a marginalised sphere of Europe, as well as of today’s Lithuanian society.
Bajorai is Klaus Richter’s graduation work for his MFA in Photography and Media Art at Vilnius Academy of Arts. Before he moved to Bajorai in 2017, he was living in Berlin, Germany, where he studied at the Ostkreuz School of Photography. He graduated in 2016 with the documentary work Cikoria about a Roma community in Hungary. Since 2012 he also holds a BA in International Development from the University of Vienna. He was born and grew up in Vienna, Austria.
The exhibition runs until 27th of November.
The exhibition is partly funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and Klaipeda municipality.