Dissertation theme "Contemporary self-portraiture in Lithuania: factors of change and ways of expression". Supervisor prof. dr. (hp) Giedrė Jankevičiūtė
Konstantinas Bogdanas, iš serijos "Identifikacija. Tėvas ir sūnus". 2000 m.
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.