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KAUNAS PHOTO 2014 » Vitus Saloshanka

Vitus Saloshanka


Vitus Saloshanka was born on October 11 in Minsk, Belarus. Since 2001 has lived in Germany. 2009 graduated at the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund, Germany. Currently based in Frankfurt/ Main.

Vitus’ mother always wanted her son becomes a lawyer, banker, but he not feel right in the shoes of a law student. Photography turned to be a right choice for his self-expression.

With silent mentality, this photographer has been able to create works that speak loudly and confirm that photography can speak a thousand words. His major work is “High Hopes” about the condition of local inhabitants of Sochi and its surroundings before the Winter Olympics.

A part of his earlier work about his native Belarus, Dreamland project, was created in 2010, when the photographer briefly returned to his homeland. While looking for subjects about contemporary the country, he came across a speaking theme – construction sites of the new rich, the aesthetics of which speaks a lot about the past and the present of the contemporary Belarus identity, that is decorated with question marks. The fortress-like housing, is it meant for defence? Against whom? Are the middle ages returning in the 21st century?

Dreamland is foreigner’s look at the dream country that photographer had left, the dream that was not his.