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28.02. – 31.03.2019 The exhibition “In the Dark” presents the projects “Surveillance” and “Horizons” that show how images can become evidence of an event and create a paradoxical perception, using the photograph more as a field that is open for interpretation than a representation. These photographs call into question the relation between what we see and what we perceive in advance of the act of recognition. During the last three years V. Odnoviun researched and documented political prisons, interrogation rooms and state security facilities around Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland and Eastern Germany, depicting original traces left after the occupation of these countries by the repressive regimes of Nazi Germany and later the Soviet Union. These places have been used and re-used against political enemies by several regimes over the past decades. Author shares with the viewer not the big picture of the prison systems so much as small repetitive details and typologies of objects, photographs of which are both documentary and subjective at the same time. They embody real traces of events that serve as platforms to analyse these parts of our history in more interpretative and conceptual form. For now, our society is even more under surveillance than before, but the surveillance methods have just taken a little bit different form, so we do not need to be in a prison to be totally observed. Valentyn Odnoviun (b. 1987) is a Ukrainian, living and working in Vilnius, Lithuania. He graduated from the Vilnius Art Academy in 2016 with an M.A. in Photography and Media Arts. In 2016, he took first place at the “Debut 2016” contest for the Emerging Art Photographers held by the Lithuanian Photographers Association. In 2017 received Grand Prix Award at the “Interphoto 2017” Photography Festival in Bialystok, Poland. Later, took first place at the World Biennial of Student Photography in Novi Sad, Serbia. In 2018 he won 1st place at Krakow Photomonth Portfolio Review and became Laureate of the by the Lithuanian Art Photographers Association Award for the “Surveillance” project. During the last two years held personal and participated in collective exhibitions in Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Georgia, Slovenia, Poland, Ukraine, Serbia, New Zealand and Austria. www.odnoviun.com