The black and white photographs were taken during the period of Soviet Latvia; the title of the exhibition - “Theme 011” - is a witty remark to the tendency to use numbers in titles at the time. The author tells that his creative work can be divided into the “human period” and the “un-human period” during which “Theme 011” was made as a satirical characterization of socialist environment. In these documentary photographs people are merely an element of urban environment. Symbols, ideological inscriptions, processions and rituals, everyday life – it all seems as if it were captured by chance; however, this is a testimony of the photographer’s patience when waiting for the “right moment”. Journalist Ērika Šmeļkova once told about Gvido Kajons that “His almost idiotically perfect photo technique creates a feeling that the particular place is captured outside time and lives a life of its own, excluding people”.
Gvido Kajons (1955) as well as other members of the photographer group “A”, has never studied photography academically. At the beginning it was his hobby. Gvido Kajons started to photograph when he was in the fifth form using a camera manufactured in the 1930’s found by his grandfather. The photographer has graduated the Faculty of Radio Engineering of the Riga Polytechnic Institute. At 1990’s he worked as a photographer for magazine “Liesma” (“Flame”). From 1979 Gvido Kajons participates in group exhibitions and holds solo exhibitions in Latvia and other countries, for example in Walter Phillips Art Gallery, Canada, "Van der Berlage" gallery, Netherlands, Exhibition Hall "Weserburg", Germany. His most well known photo series are “Ar Minoltu pa dzīvi” (“Living Life with Minolta”, 1994), “Nacionālā ģeogrāfija” (“National Geography”, 1998). During the opening of exhibition, Gvido Kajons will present book “Theme 011” for the first time.
Archdiocesan Museum, 48 Warszawska Street – open until 14.10.21 Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri 9:00-13:30, Wed 13:00-17:30; also open 25.09.21, 12:00-16:00