You Can Call Him Another Man, Maria Kapajeva

Kaunas Photography Gallery


The project started with a box of negatives the artist found at her parents’ house a few years ago. There were about 200 processed and unprocessed films, shot by her father. Maria excavated their contents, delving deeper into the lost images of her father’s life, to create her own stories by using these photographs he took before his marriage to the artist's mother and her birth. Maria let herself enter into the world of a young man she never knew, and find connections in what possibly cannot be connected with the help of Italo Calvino’s words from his novel ‘If on a winter’s night a traveller’. With this work, she continues her artistic exploration of questions about found images and archives, and how a coincidence can lead to a new narrative that does not relate perhaps to the real events in these photographs. It is the artist's way to build up ‘a possible portal between an unfinished past and a reopened future’, described by Hal Foster.

It has started as a dummy book with title Reading Apocrypha. The dummy was shortlisted for FOAM Dummy Award (2016), TOP 10 of Self-Publish Riga (2016) and ‘Rock Your Dummy’ at Le PhotoBookFest in Paris (2015). In June 2018 the book was published under a new title You can call him another man. Here you can see various installation shots: at every new place I create a new story, a new narrative, which exists only once.

Published by Kaunas Photography Gallery
Limited edition of 500
118 pages
235 x 185 mm
ISBN 9786098099287

Shipping world-wide.
Please note: Local pick-up of orders is available from
The Library Project at 4 Temple Bar Street, Dublin 2.