Paulius Petraitis (1985) is an artist, theorist and independent curator, based in Vilnius. His practice orbits around image-making in broader social and cultural contexts. Much of his work explores the role of technology in meaning-making and examines ways photographic images function in online and offline environments.
Petraitis organized pioneering screen-based photography exhibitions Sraunus (2010-2013) and Blog Reblog (2013-2014), and co-curated the first art show on Snapchat This is It/Now (2015). More recently, he curated a site-specific group exhibition On Photographic Beings (2020), at the Latvian National Museum of Art, exploring the fluid multi-dimensionalities of object-image relationship.
Petraitis has published various artist’s books (many under the former creative alias Paul Paper), including Contemporary Photography, Smoke Screen, and Untaken Photographs. He is the editor of Too Good to be Photographed — a publication exploring intricate relationship between failure and photography through the works of 47 artists. His books are held in numerous institutional collections, including libraries at MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and MACBA, as well as Design Museum Denmark, Clark Art Institute, Joan Flasch Collection, and Yale University.