Algirdas Šeškus (Vilnius, 1945) images are like a hidden film you have to activate. This filmic aspect might transport you to the different levels of life, simple clean everyday moments, eroticism, awkwardness, mystery, fear, loneliness, but also and what is most important one image can have them all, and this positions you as an observer and him as an artist into another level. His photographs are indistinct, blurred, messy compositions; toneless, soft, reduced images with unexciting content. Šeškus does not give his photographs titles or indicate where and when they were taken. He proclaims that photography has to be taken back to its origins: to the moment of deciding when the very act of photography becomes an object of art.
The photographer is characterized by an interest in the nature of the image, by a match of intent and meaning with the fact (when the event is the actual shooting) and by de-contextualization of content. He is constantly balancing between artistic nihilism and fetishism of a creative act, between the underground and the official art scene, between collectivism and individuality.
Algirdas Šeškus studied between 1968–70 at the Vilnius Art School. In Moscow, he completed a cinematography course, and worked as a television and radio operator from 1979 until he retired. He has been a member of the Lithuanian Society of Art Photography since 1989 – the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers. In 2014 Algirdas Šeškus was awarded the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Art.
Among his most recent exhibitions we may highlight his solo show TV at the Contemporary Art Center, CAC, Vilnius, 2017, and his participation at documenta14, Kassel and Athens, 2017. We presented solo projects of the artist in Frame/Frieze New York, 2018, Artissima 2018, FIAC/Secteur Lafayette, 2019 and soon in Focus/Frieze London 2020.
His work is included in important public collections, among others, The MoMA, New York or Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid.