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Monuments of our Discontent: Expiration of Place

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Art Center Winzavod   3 march 2007 — 26 march 2007

curator

  • Lolita Jablonskiene (Vilnius)

project description

The allusion in the name of the exhibition to John Steinbecks The Winter of Our Discontent points to the melancholy of a man struggling to find his place in a world marked by an excess of change, renewal and transformation, not striving for an organised structure that opposes chaos but an embrace of a somewhat lunatic frenzy: Capitalism constantly re-establishes itself as a capital power around the globe; political tides turn into tsunamis; everywhere we see the gossamer tracery of masterminded catastrophe and an ever creeping aggression. The contemporary urban landscape stands out as a fabric woven from shining monuments of industrial culture and their antithesis- visually offensive places encrusted with the rust and decay of the modern. In the new millennium cars, buildings and infrastructures are ageing at an accelerating rate. Everything is doomed for obsolescence and uselessness. Monumental scale construction that is often too heavy to be removed and too dangerous to be demolished is left abandoned, becoming symbols of failure and impotence. They link the past with the present and the present with the absent. These shell-like structures, places infused with absence, are then, in turn, potentially governed by imagination.

organiser

  • Contemporary Art Information Centre of the Lithuanian Art Museum (Vilnius)

artists

  • Bik Van der Pol (NL)
  • Kaspars Goba (LV)
  • Carl Michael von Hausswolff & Thomas Nordanstad (SE)
  • Kristina Inciuraite (LT)
  • Tigran Khachatrian (ARM)
  • Artur Klinau (BY)
  • Joachim Koester (DK)
  • Eleonore De Montesquiou (FR/EE)
  • Anu Pennanen (FI)
  • Liina Siib (EE)
  • Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Martins Ratniks / RIXC (LV)
  • Vladimir Tsesler & Sergei Voichenko (BY)
  • Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas (LT)






A full-length article about the project will be in the catalogue of the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art which is coming out on the 1st March.












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