Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Peace and Wars
The exhibition stages the work of Normantas Paulius, a Lithuanian born photographer, traveller and researcher from Hungary. The approximately 190 photos taken over 20 years in 10 countries of the Far East will be exhibited in respect for Robert Capa.
The photographer comments:
"During humid Asian nights, I converse with vanished cities, their people and temples, with Buddhist treasures along the Mekong. They tell me about peace and war in these lands. As there had been more war, in the East I take more photographs of PEACE."
Words from Skirmantas Valiulis, famed Lithuanian photo critic:
"Photographer Paulius Normantas is a phenomenon: he does everything by himself, much of it in reverse. After his first exhibits, at a time when the Lithuanian school of photography had achieved sufficient renown both at home and throughout Eastern Europe, Normantas leaves Lithuania and embarks on quarter century of incessant journeys ever deeper into the East: from the furthest reaches of Russia to the peaks of the Himalayas and the jungles of Cambodia. When private business ventures are sprouting in the crumbling USSR, Normantas, a graduate in economics, clutches his camera even more firmly and flees from the capitalist civilization returning to Eastern Europe. Lithuania regains its independence, but Normantas remains a citizen of two countries-his native Lithuania and Hungary, where his two children reside."
Kathmandu, Phnom Penh, New Delhi, Paris and Nida- just a few of those cities where over 30 personal exhibitions of Normantas Paulius were organised in a quarter of a century while taking part in more than 30 exhibitions mostly in Southeastern Asia and publishing 7 photo albums.
The photos of this new exhibition will be published in a new photo album that will be presented at the opening.