BSU humanities students glued their installation for more than 4 hours - a policeman let them out of the empty Art Museum after 11 p.m. BSU lecturer and PRAS Art Director Aliaksej Kulbicki is satisfied - the first official lomography exhibition in Belarus is to be! While gluing the pictures, Aliaksej told us a little about the history of this art.
“Lomography originated in the 20th century in Prague. It was invented by two students who came for the weekend from Vienna. They had old Soviet cameras "Lomo" (abbreviation in Russian which means "Leningrad Optical and Mechanical Society"). They shot everything on these cameras, and then looked at the pictures and saw that there was not enough sharpness or clarity. But the mood they had during the holidays was radiating from there!"
The students immediately decided to create a new photographic trend out of these "bad shots" and the acronym Lomo was transformed into a fashionable "LoMo" ("love and motion"). Thus, the Lomographic Society was founded in Vienna (since the students were from the Vienna Academy of Arts).
“Now there are about 70 branches of this society all over the world. Major exhibitions are organised, even with the participation of ministers of culture. Prizes and diplomas are awarded - in short, there is a lomographic “movement”. Unfortunately, there has not been such a movement in our country before. There were separate attempts, but there was no big exhibition like this, especially in an official venue. Lomography is exhibited in lomo-walls: a large area is covered with lots of photos. It's great that this is taking place at the National Art Museum of Belarus".
Valeria Lapitskaya, a second-year web design student, says that the idea to hold a lomography exhibition on the Night of Museums came about almost by accident.
“Once our group went on an excursion to the Art Museum, and we were offered to take part in the Night of Museums. We decided to make a two-part lomo-wall. One part symbolizes "Apocalypse", and the other - "Apocalypse is cancelled". Our lomo-wall consists of 555 photos. Each one represents a different story of each of us. And all together they form an interesting story".
Valeria's groupmate Anna Chirikalo admits that at first she did not understand anything in all this.
“At first I was into photography, but I didn’t know what lomography was. The lecturer said that there is such a concept. At first I didn't understand it because it just looked like bad photos! I started looking on the internet and I liked it. There are some pictures of mine here. And on the other wall, I act as a model - it shows half of my face, as a symbol of how the city presses on a person so much that only half of the personality remains".
An inspired lecturer compares his students - no more, no less - to Maksim Bahdanovich!
“Sometimes I ask myself: why do we need this lomography if not everyone understands it? And then I answer myself. 100 years ago, Maksim Bahdanovich wrote randos, sonnets, triplets... What for? To have it all in the Belarusian literature! It's the same with lomography. Since it exists in the world, it should be a part of Belarusian photography as well! To include Belarus in the global trend of photography”.