Vytautas Kumža is a photographer, however, we can state he is a fervent sculptor as well. For his precious prints, he uses paper which gives the photographs depth and physical quality. That way Kumža can add a haptic quality to the two-dimensional registrations of the sculptural arrangements he creates. Sometimes Arte Povera, sometimes on the verge of performance, his sculptural constructions come to life within the constraints of a photographic image. We want to touch them, but by applying visually confusing photographic effects (negative, mirroring), the artist keeps us from doing so.
Vytautas Kumža (1992, LT) lives and works in Amsterdam. In 2017 he graduated from the Rietveld Academy. In 2016, Kumža was nominated for the European Photography Award, while in 2017 he won the HvA Photographer in Residency Award, and in 2018 his work earned nominations for the Riga Photography Biennial Award, and the Rabobank Dutch Photographic Portrait Talent Prize. Besides exhibitions during Unfair 2018, and participation at Art Rotterdam, Kumža’s works have been shown at UNSEEN, and Nest, The Hague, among many other locations. In 2019, Kumža will participate in exhibitions at MAMA, Rotterdam, and Villa Mondriaan (solo), and was awarded a grant from the Lithuanian Council for Culture.
text: Radek Vana