Paulius Petraitis is an artist, theorist and independent curator, based in Vilnius. His practice orbits around image-making within broader social and cultural contexts. A significant part of his creative exploration is dedicated to elucidating the interplay between technology and the construction of meaning, while also scrutinizing photographic images across both online and offline domains.
Petraitis curated pioneering series of screen-based photography exhibitions, including “Blog Reblog” (2013-2014) and “Sraunus” (2010-2013), and notably organized the first art show on Snapchat titled “This is It/Now” (2015). More recently, he undertook the curation of a site-responsive exhibition “On Photographic Beings” (2020) at the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga. This exhibition explored the fluid and multi-dimensional relationship between objects and images.
Petraitis published a number of artist’s books (previously under the creative alias Paul Paper), including A man with dark hair and a sunset in the background, Smoke Screen, and Contemporary Photography. He is also the editor of Too Good to be Photographed — a publication that probes the intricate nexus between failure and photography, manifested through the works of 47 artists. His books and works are held in numerous institutional collections, including libraries at MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MACBA, Yale University, as well as Denmark Design Museum, Joan Flasch Collection, Clark Art Institute, and private collections internationally.