My work focuses on a sense of place and time. The atmosphere that creates a particular light is very variable and I try to capture the atmospheric ambiance of a unique moment. My images follow a long pictorial tradition of trying to depict and ideal, pristine landscape. They evoke more a memory than the reality, which of course is the essence of the photographic medium. Instead of the immediate presence we have the delayed presence of memory. Representation becomes primarily a vehicle for channeling sensations and emotions and not a pursuit in itself. The images show a longing for the past as well as a wish for timelessness, a primordial reality that reveals the Earthly Paradise. Perhaps this sensibility goes back to my experience of exile and that deep memory of a lost home.The format of panoramic images extends the sweep of the viewer’s eye, and also shows variations on a theme and redefines the visual space.
Nijole Kudirka, who is Lithuanian by birth, is a photographer who is based in New York City. She worked first in sculpture and painting, then photography. After obtaining her Ph.D. in Psychology at Yale University, she studied in New York City at the Studio School, School of Visual Arts and International Center for Photography (ICP). She has traveled extensively and has photographed diverse sites around the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. She has exhibited widely in the US and internationally an her work is in many public collections.
All images are archival ink jet prints on photo rag fine art papers.
2018 ARTVILNIUS’ 18, Art Fair, Vilnius, Lithuania
2016 SLA 307 Gallery, New York, N.Y.
2015 Alex Ferrone Photo Gallery (group show), Cutchogue, N.Y.
2014 Tarapoto Art Center, Tarapoto, Peru
2014 Alex Ferrone Photo Gallery, Cutchogue, N.Y.
2012 Photo Place Gallery (group show), Middelbury Vermont
2011 Earth Through A Lens finalist exhibition, Palm Springs, Calif.
2009 Ecco Espace Cultural, Brasilia, Brazil
2009 PHOTOARTE, prize winners exhibit, Ecco Espace Cultural, Brasilia, Brazil
2007 University of Verona, Verona, Italy
2006 Joyce Towbin Chasan Fine Arts, New York, N.Y.
2005 Gallery Onetwentyeight (group show) New York, N.Y.
2004 Icehouse Gallery, Greenport, N.Y.
2003 Embassy of Venezuela, Washington, D.C.
2002 Querini Stampalia Foundation, Venice, Italy
2001 Whitney Works (groups show), Greenport, N.Y.
1999 Mark Miller Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1998 A.I.R. Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1997 The National Museum of Prague (group show), Prague, Czech
1996 National Arts Club, New York, N.Y.
1995 The Atrium, Columbia University (group show), New York, N.Y.
1992 The National Photography Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
1991 National Arts Club, New York, N.Y.
1987 55 Mercer Street Gallery (group show), New York, N.Y.
1984 Art Latitude Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Her work has been published in Chicago Tribune, Ford Times, Icarus, Olympus Vision Age and numerous Lithuanian journals. Her work is in many public collections, including: McGraw Hill Publ., Wyeth Pharm, Excelon, Ortho Mcneil Pharm. Received the FOTOARTE Brasilia prize for her series Ceara Dunes, 2009 Published two books with poet Bianca Tarozzi, “Objects of Memory,” and “ House of Paper” (Querini Stampalia press) Republics