The International Contemporary Art Fair ArtVilnius’23
2023 October 13-15
Vilnius Academy of Arts gallery “5 Malūnai” at this year's ArtVilnius'23 presented four contemporary artists - Česlovas Lukenskas, Laima Kreivytė, Dainius Liškevičius and Monika Dirsytė. All of the artists are professors at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, whose creative practices include performance art as a core or conceptual complement to these practices.
The curator of the gallery's stand/performance area/platform "Four Corners" at ArtVilnius'23 – Marija Marcelionytė-Paliukė.
“5 Malūnai” Gallery was selected by an international jury as one of the 7 best galleries of this year's Art fair.
The Gallery's stand was set up with an exhibition of four artists, each with their own corner. Every day there were four performances by the 4 artists lasting 30-60 minutes. Each performance had a transit time, during which one artist "exited" and another "entered" the space. During that time, they acted together in the space. The programme was structured in such a way that the artists did not meet in the same sequence at any time throughout the fair.
About the artists:
Česlovas Lukenskas (Chesiux) is one of the most prominent Lithuanian pioneers and reformers of contemporary interdisciplinary art, who has held dozens of solo exhibitions and projects in Lithuania and abroad, and has received various awards and scholarships. Č. Lukenskas is a member of the Lithuanian Artists' Union, founder and member of the artists' group "Post Ars". His work has been exhibited in Düsseldorf, Berlin, Abtei Liesborn Museum (Germany), London (UK), Brixen (Italy), Paris, Nîmes (France), Espaco IMERGE (Porto, Portugal), Copenhagen (Denmark). Participated in group exhibitions in Kiev (Ukraine), Pereslavl-Zaleski (Russia), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Warsaw (Poland), Tampere Hall (Finland), Bexesheba and Budapest (Hungary), Chicago (USA) and elsewhere. Č. Lukenskas’ works have been acquired by the Lithuanian Art Museum, the National M. K. Čiurlionis Art Museum, the National Art Gallery, the MO Museum, and private collectors in Lithuania and abroad. Together with the artist group Post Ars, he was awarded the Grand Prize for the post-industrial landscape regeneration project "Score" at the Europa Biennale Niederlausitz II (Germany) 1993. He became the most memorable artist of Kaunas (2009).
Laima Kreivytė is an independent curator, artist, writer, and lecturer at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. In 2009 she was a curator of the Lithuanian Pavilion for the 53rd Venice Biennale. In 2019 Kreivytė co-curated the new exhibition of the permanent collection of The National Gallery of Art in Vilnius. Kreivytė has edited books and curated exhibitions of Marija Teresė Rožanskaitė, Jurga Barilaitė and Kęstutis Zapkus among others. Laima Kreivytė is a founding member of the feminist artists’ collective Cooltūristės. In 2018 she was awarded the Government Prize for Culture and Arts for her work as independent curator and writer.
Dainius Liškevičius belongs to the generation of artists, who have significantly contributed to the renewal of artistic expression after the restoration of independence. In his works, he uses installation, photography, performance and other media, further breaking the boundaries between different disciplines and searching for new forms in contemporary art. His works are characterised by social engagement, contextuality, irony and social critique. Reacting to the topography of a specific place, he examines human behaviour and experience, identity and cultural values, collisions of public and private spaces and collective and personal memory. In 2015 Dainius Liškevičius represented Lithuania at the 56th Venice Biennale, where he presented his Museum project. In 2021, the artist was awarded the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Art.
Dainius Liškevičius is associate professor at the VAA Graphic Art department since 2017.
Monika Dirsytė is an artist who has been creating performances and installations professionally for more than ten years. Her most recent works differs from the first ones, as she has started to involve people in her performances. This not only allows her to develop as a creator, but also to promote performance art in Lithuania. Her work aims to "shake" topics that are stigmatised or often manipulated. The performances she creates are quite challenging not only psychologically, but also physically, as they usually last for a long time. In her opinion, the best result of creative work is the reaction of people, which makes them ask questions, although they cannot always be answered. For Monika, performance art is a philosophy, a way of thinking that is inseparable from action.
Marija Marcelionytė-Paliukė - professor at the Vilnius Academy of Arts Graphic Art Department, curator of the gallery "5 Malūnai", artist. She has held over 20 solo exhibitions, actively participates in international group exhibitions, leads workshops, and speaks at conferences on the generation of creative ideas. Her works have received various awards and scholarships and are included in the collections of the Lithuanian National Museum of Art, the Lithuanian Money Museum, and the Gerardas Bagdonavičius' ex-libris fund. The works are in private collections in Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, America and Japan. In 2023 she was awarded the Government Prize for Culture and Art.
Contemporary Lynx Magazine publication: https://contemporarylynx.co.uk/nine-art-galleries-to-follow-during-art-fair-in-vilnius-this-october
Photos by M. Marcelionytė-Paliukė