Open studios in July 2017

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Image from Katarina Poliacikova’s video
The Open Studios evening took place on 28th of July at VAA Nida Art Colony. Colony’s resident Katarina Poliacikova (SK) presented project titled “Fires Venice Tequila Sunsets”
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Image from Katarina Poliacikova’s video
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Image from Katarina Poliacikova’s video

“Fires Venice Tequila Sunsets” is an open-ended project and a personal adventure that links two narratives across time and space, through a list of personal affinities.

In her book “As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964‒1980”, Susan Sontag writes self-reflective notes about the allure of lists as a way to “perceive value, confer value, create value, even create — or guarantee — existence.”

In an entrance from 21st February 1977, Sontag is making a list of things she likes and dislikes that goes on as a stream of consciousness; simple, beautiful and decadent at the same time. Reading about things that someone else is/not fond of creates a special moment of intimacy. It can make one feel connected to a person they had never met and will never get to know personally.

During her residency, Katarina Poliacikova has started creating, discovering and filming scenes, atmospheres, and associations as visual narrations based on Sontag’s list of likes, rendered through her own personal preferences. Written in 1977’ island of Manhattan, exactly four decades later the list transcends time and space, as Katarina set it into the semi-island of Neringa, a geographically similar and yet a totally different place. Fires Venice Tequila Sunsets is a way of creating a connection to a place and opening ways for curiosity and serendipity.

Katarina Poliacikova’s residency has been supported using public funds provided by Slovak Arts Council. 

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Photos by Julija Navarskaitė

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