Karolis Usonis (b. 1993, Lithuania) is a photography-focused artist based in Chicago. He spent his childhood in Lithuania and graduated from the Lithuanian School of Chicago in 2010. During his studies at Loyola University Chicago, he focused on literary theory, art history, and analog photography.
Stemming from vernacular narratives, Usonis' work lies between personal topics such as migration, historiography, and self-censorship. Oscillating between evidence and hearsay, he abstracts personal traumas, focusing on dissociation and manic self-awareness. In the space between the analog cameras' faulty veracity and his personal pattern-seeking neuroses, Usonis explores what it feels like to stare within culturally self-referencing spaces and what it feels like to read meaning from the blank stares facing back.