Artist Talk: Julie Laenkholm in Klaipėda

Julie Laenkholm, How can I calm my self down when I am so happy, 2016
Our current resident, interdisciplinary artist Julie Laenkholm, will give a lecture followed by a discussion at Klaipėda Faculty of Vilnius Academy of Arts on 17th October at 2.30 pm. The meeting will be in the ground floor lobby  and will be held in English. The event is open to public. Duration – 1 hour 30 minutes.

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Photo from the artist's archive

Julie Laenkholm (DK) is a New York-based emerging artist born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Julie works in various mediums and defines herself as a sculptor. Her practice unfolds itself in a ritualistic manner with a provisional approach to materials, andengages in a conversation with new materialism by exploring “the physicality of the in-between” in the dialectic relationship between the body and its surroundings. She creates what she calls sculptural situations through both physical sculptures and site-specific performance pieces. This year she has been working with the local fishermen in Seydisfjordur, Iceland, with a song piece by the local gas station which is their daily meeting point for morning coffee. In August she opened her first Icelandic solo exhibition at Húsavík Museum. The principal focus of her practice is expectations. 

Julie Laenkholm received her Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design in 2015 with a full scholarship as the first Danish female. During her graduate years, she was a scholar at The Bikuben Foundation of New York; among various grants such as The New School Student Senate Grant, she also received the Kaare Klint Award in 2015 for her work with light.

While in Nida, Laenkholm will research Lithuania’s folksong festivals, and how singing has been used as a political argument as well as a political and spiritual relief. She is interested in the national identity of Lithuania, which seems rather complex. After the restoration of independence all walls were torn down, and the local artists Julie is acquainted withare more optimistic about future possibilities than anyone, but at the same time they have a very heavy heart resulting fromcomplicated recent history of the country.

In this contradiction, Lithuania seems to feel the oldest and the newest at the same time. She is looking forward to explore this sci-fi romanticism under the old Baltic sun.

Julie Laenkholm will open her solo exhibition at the Sodų 4 project space in Vilnius on the 26th of October.