Faculty of Postgraduate studies

Monika Krikštopaitytė

Dissertation theme "The Soviet Trauma Experience and Self-representation of Lithuanian Artists at the End of the 20th century – Beginning of the 21st century". Supervisor prof. dr. (hp) Giedrė Jankevičiūtė

Artists portray themselves the way they want to be seen by others. But that manifestation (how artist shows himself) is constantly changing depending on the culture and time issues. The image is made to stand out from the others (with their attitudes, imagination or values) or to be connected with something / someone. Therefore it is important not only how an artist sees himself, but to whom / what  his self-concept is designed.

This work seeks to explore how and why self representation of the artists evolved from the late Soviet period to the present. In order to understand the post-Soviet Lithuania (post-colonial) identity we need to rethink approach to (self) image then and now. The two different epochs and their intersection clearly demonstrates how closely the self-portrait is related to self-concept and the self-concept with the status of the artist. The study attempts to identify the continuity of the genre and introduce new its modifications.