In 2022, the Esch2022 region shares the title of European Capital of Culture with two other European cities: Kaunas in Lithuania and Novi Sad in Serbia. In order to celebrate this culture-packed year, the three capitals have organised a whole range of projects together.
In this context, the Escher Theater, in collaboration with Esch2022 and a number of dynamic Luxembourgish and European artists, will attempt to create a portrait of the typical contemporary “Escher” (inhabitant of Esch-Alzette) living and working in the territory of Esch2022 during the year 2022. The project will focus on history, languages, the industrial past, international institutions, national communities, the status of women, but also pop culture, in order to provide a multifaceted view of the people of this region. Within this framework, a total of 10 different projects will be implemented throughout the year.
One of these projects will be presented in the coming weeks at the Kaunas National Drama Theatre in Lithuania. This play is based on the teachings of philosopher Emmanuel Levinas and deals with the human desire to take care of oneself but also to take care of others and to create a more open-minded world. The play Visage / Veidas was already presented in the French language in April in Esch-Alzette.
Kaunas National Drama Theatre
Laisvės al. 71,
8 pm – 9.30 pm
The Kaunas Photography Gallery and the Centre National de l’Audiovisuel (CNA) have also launched the joint project “H – The Notion of Humanist Photography” as part of Esch2022. The idea is to bring together creatives from the world of photography and to stimulate both new creations and exchanges.
Thanks to the merger of two existing projects in 2022, a creative platform has been established in the form of two residencies – one in Luxembourg and one in Lithuania. Each of these is based on a photographic mission that invites participants to experiment around a specific theme. Four to five Luxembourgish and four to five Lithuanian photographers, guided by several experts in the field of photography, as well as graphic designers and writers from both countries will work together to bring this project to life.
The result of this international collaboration will be published in the form of a trilingual magazine and presented in Luxembourg as well as in Lithuania. In November, visitors will have the opportunity to admire the selected works at the Kaunas Photography Gallery.
Kaunas Photography Gallery
Vilniaus st. 2
A third eruopean project involves Filip Markiewicz’s latest experimental audiovisual project called Ultrasocial Pop. It creates a performative dialogue between his visual and cinematic work and his musical compositions. Each performance comments on social events in order to explore the connection between pop culture and populism.
At the Meno Parkas Gallery in Kaunas, Filip Markiewicz will thus present a new series of works dealing with themes related to European culture in the framework of the Kaunas European Capital of Culture. Using fake political campaign strategies, including slogans, logos and images, the exhibition aims to shed light on the way contemporary propaganda systems function.
25.11.2022 – 31.12.2022
Meno Parkas Gallery, Kaunas (LT)
Rotušės a. 27