The 8th festival "Baltic Biennale of Photography" starts working on May 25. The program of the festival includes: a competitive exhibition "Photomania 2017" and festival projects, artist talk with authors and curators of projects.

Prize and diploma winners of the "Photomania 2017" contest will be announced during the festival opening.

The grand opening will take place at 6 pm on May 25 at the Kaliningrad Art Gallery.



  • The big game
    Yulia Abzaltdinova
    From May 25


  • Among the Ruins

Ikuru Kuvadzima

From May 25

  • Small wolves: post-war history.

Klaudi Heinermann

9.06 – 15.07


  • Animal stories.

Animalier photo art. Lithuania.



  • Schwarzwald - transfer.

Group project of German photographers



  • Portrait of Kražiai
  • Mindaugas Kavaliauskas
  • 25.05-16.06


  • Rain child.

Vetre Antanaviciute.



  • Photomania 2017


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Competitive Exhibition / List of participants

Congratulations to all who passed competitive selection!
Thank you to all who participated in the contest!

Abzaltdinova Julia. Russian Federation, Ekaterinburg
Andrianova Nataliya. Russian Federation, Moscow
Boldyreva Yannina. Russian Federation, Novosibirsk
Borkin Vadim. Russia, Kaliningrad region, Bright
Borsuchenko Irina. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Brazhnikova Kristina. Russian Federation, Voronezh
Bulatova Svetlana. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Chingaev Yaroslav. Russian Federation, Moscow
Com Egveniy. Russian Federation, Evpatoria
Dikaneva Anastasia. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Feoktistov Dmitry. Russian Federation, Omsk
Gailit Aleksey. Russian Federation, Moscow
Isaenkov Alexander. Russian Federation, Moscow
Ivanov  Evgeniy. Russian Federation, Novosibirsk
Ivanov  Evgeniy. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Ivanova Aleksandra. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Jabi Ehtiram. Azerbaijan, Baku
Karpov Andrey. Russian Federation, Novouznetsk
Keylina Marina. Russian Federation, Kinel
Kiseleva Alina. The Russian Federation, Magnitogorsk
Korobka Arkadiy. Russian Federation, Krasnodar Territory, Leningradskaya stanitsa
Kovyak Sergey. Russian Federation, Tula region, Novomoskovsk
Kozlov Sergey. Russian Federation, Penza
Krupitsa Maria. Belarus, Minsk
Kudasheva Alena. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Lukutov Ivan. Russian Federation,  Pos. Golubevo
Makoveeva Svetlana. Russian Federation, Samara
Mikhailova Raisa. Russian Federation, Moscow
Morgunov Denis. Russian Federation, Tyumen
Moysyuk Alexandr. Russian Federation , Surgut
Nevar Vitaly. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Nizaeva Adel. Russian Federation,  Ufa
Nurgaliev Ruslan. Russian Federation, Saratov
Onischenko Vyacheslav. Ukraine, Odessa
Orlov Alexey. Russian Federation, Yoshkar-Ola
Palchik Vladimir. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Pesterev Sergey. Russian Federation, Moscow region., Pos. Mendeleevo
Platon Pavel. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Pritisk Yuri. Russian Federation, Novocheboksarsk
Ramazanov Nikolay. Russian Federation, Kursk
Romanenko Andrey. Russia, Moscow region, Pushkino
Rudik Stepan. Poland, Warsaw
Rutoed Robert. Austria, Vienna
Sadykov_Farhad. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Sarychev Maxim. Belarus, Minsk
Sergeeva Alena. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Shapran Andrey. Russian Federation, Moscow
Shulgevich Tatyana. Belarus, Minsk
Sidorova Ksenia. Russian Federation, Moscow
Strygina Evgeniya. Russian Federation, Pereslavl-Zalessky
Syrchikova Kristina. Russian Federation, Samara
Tarasova Svetlana. Russian Federation, Kaluga
Titovich Pavel. Russian Federation, Belgorod
Tkacheva Tatyana. Belarus, Minsk
Tsatsura Anastasia. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Tsider Anastasia. Russian Federation, Saint-Petersburg
Unitsyn Anton. Russia, Novosibirsk
Vadim Kachan. Belarus, Minsk
Valaseviciene Kristina. Lithuania, Kaunas distr., Domeikava
Veledzimovich Alexander. Belarus, Vitebsk
Veter Sergey. Russian Federation, Voronezh
Vodyanitsky Constantin. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Vogmer Anna. Russian Federation, Ekaterinburg
Volkov Pavel. Russian Federation, Moscow
Yasnopolsky Nick. Russian Federation, Moscow
Zozulya Alexandr. Belarus, Mozyr

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Toy Soldiers / Igor Kultyshkin / Russia, Moscow

16 Apr 2015 Toy Soldiers / Igor Kultyshkin / Russia, Moscow

Toy Soldiers / Igor Kultyshkin / Russia, Moscow

Opening April 16, 2015

Kaliningrad Art Gallery, Moscow Ave., 60-62

The exhibition organized with the support of International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa in Krasnodar


Toy soldiers belong to his son. He grows. Once, five years ago, while the boy was interested in beautiful toy animals, at night, while he sleeps, tired dad masters the photographic tales with them at the kitchen table. Due day time the dad was permanently busy and was not able to tell stories about the savannah and jungle, just could not. And he arranged the night photo sessions for the lions and tigers from the box from the children's room. Time passed. The boy grew up, and along with Tetris and racing in iPad, the soldiers came to the children's table.

Do not tell me about militarism and relevance of the moment, it is not necessary. See: the artist Joseph Beuys told that, from ancient times up to now, the women have two roles: a harlot (priestess) and mother, and men have also two: a priest and warrior. Please, do not tell me the examples of the growing violence of nowadays - a long history of mankind had known bloody waves and periods of relative peace under the moon and within its cycles.

Who is more interested in soldiers, the father or the son? One plays with them in broad daylight, and the other – at the dead of night. In these new games the new toys are posing in the tiny kitchen desk studio, but they do not need pots of flowers and bouquets any more: the soldiers do not need any circumstances, the soldiers are out of them, they are over them. The soldiers, they are space warriors, who array themselves in different clothes in different ages. The photographer lit their supra-historical reality with unbearable bright light (remember: Am the Light? – That Man told, who is accommodating the whole history, and in whom all persons and times are presented). The light is so hard, that it lengthens the shadows and reveals the hidden essences into their bizarre game. In the light the little toy soldier turns into a brave wanderer, whose sharp silhouette cuts the darkness of his own way. A handful of soldiers becomes to be visualization of the meaning of the word "t’ma [darkness]" – in ancient languages the same word means thousands; and the battle of dozen horsemen becomes to be an image of wildness regiments at the battlefield, where where the mix of horses and men. These battles by Kultyshkin are not the reconstruction of the past, but they are the exposition of the embodiment of heroic spirit. In Igor’s pictures everything happens in the way, which is often for art of photography: anything (creation) is going under cover, like under the black blanket of old photographers - out of artist’s personal will, inside the chamber. In the "game with soldiers" by Kultyshkin this process "inside the chamber" happens physically - inside the scan machine: there the figures are fighting among themselves and casting shadows ...
In crowd scenes of toy soldiers battles the educated spectator reads the "homage" to artist Favorsky, especially the “homage” to  illustrations by Vladimir Andreevich to "The Lay of Igor’s Warfare." The ordinary viewer admires the Regiments of Igor, which he revives, and, more precisely, the shelves live in his hands.

Among different experiments with new toys of Kultyshkin’s son only representatives of Russian troops were selected for this show. These are soldiers from different epochs: a thousand years old heroes, heroes of the War of 1812 (which was called the Great Patriotic war during the next one hundred years in Russia), and the soldiers, marines and guerrillas, of the Great Patriotic War, the seventieth anniversary we celebrate this year. Three times of Russian arms, its bitter and important victories. They are reflected in children's games and in the light of new photos – and they are reliving by our contemporary.

And the wing of a butterfly, having touched a face with its shadow, vanished. And yet another moment began. Just as tranquil as the one before. It, like a forerunner, wanted to vanish quickly and inconspicuously, having passed over the border of reminiscences into dreams, to disappear from the realm of the conscious, but… The shadow of the wing was noticed. And even caused a sweet flutter in the bosom, more prolonged than the moment of the shadow.

Igor Kultyshkin is a photographer. Without reference to the significance of exhibitions, publications in leading international magazines and so on, it is difficult to talk about the standing of the most talented representatives of this pursuit in Russia. It is simply impossible to determine, whether this is a profession, a pastime or life [when a man cannot but take photographs, because it is like breathing and even more important]. It is likely that in Russia, photography, so vitally important for the artist, is not a profession, since it does not provide a living, worthy of existence. On the other hand if we remember how sparely the Montmartre artists lived, whose paintings now cost millions and hang in the most prestigious museums of the world, then the existence of the needy photographer today does not violate the tradition of “poor art” and the conscious choice of poverty for the sake of the Idea. Then the photography of Russian artists is..? – Let’s just say that it is Art.

Igor Kultyshkin’s works are visual poems, naïve like children’s humming, the doodles of the Dadaists, the seeming simplicity of form and the alluring into the depths blackness of the backgrounds and blurred shadows of the characters, the dancing teasing multiplicity of style. Amongst the emptiness of the cud of mass advertising, amongst the ruins of museum culture, crumbling into dust without the viewers’ attention, the creation of photographs, which is what Kultyshkin does, is the pursuit of a crazy fanatic, who believes that the wall of reality can give way, that it is possible to cut out a door in it into the fairytale garden of harmony, and beyond the grey humdrum of subjects, the movements of cosmic worlds, musical, as it should be with dancing stars, will be revealed.

The photographer Igor Kultyshkin is a golden boy, he is eternal Peter Pan, with a touch that transforms dust into gold, weaving themes from the most ordinary objects; he is a magician with the instincts of a film director, in whose hands glass and children’s toys are ennobled by light, in them the nature of images shows through, which are followed by everyday things in a lowered secularized form. Playing with fairytales and holding séances of light magic on the kitchen table is not what Royals do, the viewer might argue, but – the knight's move: what would you say, viewer, looking at clouds, which are obediently lining themselves up in the crowns and cities on the heads of garden statues, on monuments, posing proudly, in full consciousness of the importance of the moment of being captured.

…The artist knows more about himself than his public does: he possesses cultural and historical memory; the painful experience of many years of being misunderstood – the stimulus towards inner sacred development and empathy for others’ pain, towards the subtle vibrations of space, light, duration of time. Kultyshkin keeps hold of the continuity of time; in working he unites the simplicity and virtuosity of the mastery of the old photographing and printing techniques and his sense of self as an inhabitant of a megalopolis, a man of the new millennium.

Moscow, 2004-2015

Irina Chmyreva, PhD.
Art-director PhotoVisa

Igor Kultyshkin

Born in 1970 in Moscow, Kultyshkin attended photo classes for children since 1979. In 1989, he graduated from the Mossovet Polytechnic College, Moscow. Later he worked as freelance photographer and joined the famous Moscow’s photo club Novator, participating in the club’s exhibitions. In 2001, he became a member of the Russian Union of Art Photographers. His works were exhibited at the festivals, such as the Siberian Biennale in Surgut, Russia; at the Pingyao International Festival of Photography, China; at the PhotoVisa International Festival for Photography in Krasnodar, Russia.
He had several solo-shows, including the show at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in 2006, and at the Museum of History of Photography in St. Petersburg in 2007. His artwork was published in the magazines Russian Reporter, Russia and IMAGO, Slovakia.


Organizers and Partners 2015








About the project

International festival 

 “The Baltic Photo Biennale. Photomania.”

The largest regional project «International festival “The Baltic Photo Biennale Photomania” takes place every two years in Kaliningrad Area starting from 2003. The unique festival idea is to unite professional and amateur photo artwithin one wide scale project.  Contest exhibition and out-of-competition festival projects, workshops and lectures on the photo arthistory are combined into different festival events that spread over main exhibition spots of Kaliningrad during a month.

The international competition is open for both professional and amateur photographers and the winners are awarded by competent jury from different countries.

A wide range of genres and styles are presented including archives, retrospective and modern art photography. You can find here many authors from Russia, Baltic Sea region and other European countries. There are educational cycles within the frameworks of the festival also where famous masters give their lectures and workshops for beginners, curators and photo editors organize portfolio reviews.

Catalogue 2013