Mindaugas Kavaliauskas is the founder and director of KAUNAS PHOTO.
After studying at Kaunas Photography School (1989-1992), obtaining Bachelor and Masters degrees in Art History at Vytautas Magnus University (1992-1996, 1996-2000), residential studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (Arles, 1997-1998), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris, 1998), University of Lausanne (Switzerland, 2000-2001) and working as an intern at the Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne, 2001), in 2004 he founded KAUNAS PHOTO festival, that he has been directing ever since. KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest-running art photography festival in the Baltic states. It focuses on works of emerging photographers and great underexposed photography from all over the world.
Kavaliauskas is a photographer, curator, consultant, publisher of photography. He has been teaching photography in different universities, schools and consulting artists. He has curated a number of exhibitions in photographic festivals, galleries, museums in Europe and Asia – Pacific region: FotoGrafia (Rome), Fotohonap (Budapest), Photaumnales (Beauvais, France), Photodemer (Vannes, France), Backlight (Tampere, Finland), Pingyao and Lishui festivals (China), Auckland festival of photography (New Zealand) etc. He reviews portfolios in festivals, such as Fotofest (Houston), Photo Espana (Madrid), Eyes-On (Vienna), Rencontres d’Arles (France) and also in KAUNAS PHOTO, with its own portfolio review competition KAUNAS PHOTO STAR and on-line portfolio review platform folioPORT.org.