NAC exhibition “Imaginary Shores” opens on the 21st of November at Culture Factory in Klaipėda


Opening at 8 PM on the 21st of November
Visiting hours: 11 AM to 5 PM and during the evening events on workdays, 4 PM to 8 PM on weekends
The exhibition will be open until 6 December 2014.

This exhibition is about the sea and its intangible outlines, about the place we inhabit and we don‘t know, about longing, love and the feel of the sea, about meaning slipping through our fingers. Rather than a place for recreation or work, the sea in the exhibited artworks is interpreted as a metaphor of collective imagination and memory. How does life at the sea influence our imagination, speech and feelings? How is it conveyed in them? By means of creative reflections artists are drawing the horizon in the mental landscape of the sea – a hypothetical territory that connects the shores of imagination, reality, past and present.

Irma’s contemporary icons and found anonymous love letter (to the sea?) combines real and virtual spaces, collects those who go fishing for feelings, humans and fish. Laura Stasiulytė contrasts ice fishing rituals with scientific research of the bottom of the Baltic Sea, and exposes a gap between things we wish to believe in and things we are forced to acknowledge. The line Arnas is drawing takes you around the Sea, but does not bring to the starting point. Instead, it takes off and ends up in some parallel space. An endless journey backwards by Irma and Jurgita plaits the interior of a building into a long rope, tears it off the ground and sets out into the open sea. A mechanical wave by Laura Zala quenches longing and attempts to reconstruct the sea out of a sound cell. Meanwhile Egle’s preservation of the memory of residents of Klaipėda alludes to skimming the surface as well as to the mist which often lingers behind symbols.

Artworks installed in different locations of the Culture Factory invite you for a journey: “Waves” by Laura Zala and “Ambassadors” by Arnas have settled in the basement of the Factory, “The Catch” by Irma is in the conference hall on the ground floor, “Bottom” by Laura Stasiulytė and “Meridianas” by Eglė are on the 4th floor, and “Ship” by Irma and Jurgita has risen to the 5th floor. An exhibition guide will help you to find your way.

Arnas Anskaitis, Jurgita Remeikytė, Irma Stanaitytė, Laura Stasiulytė, Eglė Vagnoriūtė, Laura Zala

The exhibition was initiated by participating artists and coordinated by Rasa Antanavičiūtė (Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts)