Open Studios event in June

 Archival photography from the research about cultural and political history of Nida by Yael Vishnizki Levi
VAA Nida Art Colony kindly invites to visit studios of our two residents Indrė Ercmonaitė (LT) and Yael Vishnizki Levi (PL) on 29th of June at 6 p.m. at Nida Art Colony (E. A. Jonušo str. 3, Nida).
*The event will be held in English
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Photo from the artist's archive

Indrė Ercmonaitė (LT) thinks about painting quite peculiarly. Above all, the main theme is more imaginative than just the visual. It all started with worshipping the equipment and materials of painting in a magical circle. Then the oil paint became a main character in a plot of a painting itself  and so continued the research of a painting as a substantive object. Painting is quite a vast media for expression, not only a flat rectangle. How a painter influences painting and how a painting influences the painter? The eternal correlation between the author and its creation. The painting as a process and the meaning of it could be compared to a ghost or a phantom. It contains obscurity, pain, darkness and light. „I believe in the process of painting. My artworks live an active life within me and on their own, they are animate. I'm pretty confused where „I“ end and where the „Painting“ starts. My visual thoughts become apart of theirs, the paintings‘ identities. Therefore, to a certain degree these thoughts belong to both parties. The painting is an individual,“ ‒ says Indrė Ercmonaitė is a winner of the 16th Vilnius Painting Triennial competition.

Indre will explore landscape of Nida and study local colours of forest and sea; and paint an plein air during the residency. 

Photo from the artist's archive

Yael Vishnizki Levi (PL) (b. 1988) lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. In her work, she explores ideas of different surroundings using actual and virtual spaces, creating a visual model or a theme that functions as a microcosm of a larger surrounding. She continuously searches for imagery which can juggle many of the dilemmas of constantly changing historical and social perspectives. Through using different objects and images in her installations, she attempts to create different relationships to reality and an illusion of time and space. When the performative intervention is not presented or revealed, the objects themselves become a form of documentation. 

Yael will work on two projects in the course of her residency in Nida. The first will be a series of drawings of both real and invented objects used by spies from the Cold War period in both sides of the iron curtain. These objects were often especially built or constructed in the way that will allow to either deliver information or attack human targets. The second project will focus on the cultural and political history of Nida. First, as an Artists Colony in the late 19th century, mostly occupied by German Expressionists and later a part of a controlled-entry holiday area for the communist party officials. 

Yael Vishnizki Levi residency is organized in cooperation with and A-I-R Laboratory, CCA Ujazdowski Castle.