Paulius Petraitis (b. 1985) is an artist, curator and theorist, currently based in Vilnius. His practice orbits around image-making in broader social and cultural contexts, with a special interest in exploring technological fragilities and deprivileging the “objectivity” of machines.
He pioneered screen-based photography exhibitions with Sraunus (2010-2013) and Blog Reblog (2013-2014), and co-curated the first exhibition on Snapchat This is It/Now (2015). In 2020, he curated a site-specific show On Photographic Beings at the Latvian National Museum of Art. As a curator he worked with artists Penelope Umbrico, James Bridle, Lucas Blalock, Sam Falls, Ruth van Beek, Tom Lovelace, David Brandon Geeting, Esther Hovers, as well as various institutions.
Petraitis works with books since 2006 and has published 12 titles under a 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 — and the author of A man with dark hair and a sunset in the background. The books are held in various collections, including MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and MACBA libraries, Design Museum Denmark, Clark Art Institute, Joan Flasch Collection, and Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
Currently he is working on a PhD thesis at the Lithuanian Culture Research Institute, exploring the construction of meaning in intermedial contemporary photography from the Baltic countries.