Lillestrøm

Photo 01Climbing Invisible Structures. Ritualised Disciplinary Practices in Social Life. Part 4: Lillestrøm. Exhibition view, Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm, Norway, 2017
 
Climbing Invisible Structures. Ritualized Disciplinary Practices in Social Life. Part 4: Lillestrøm
10th February–12th March, 2017
Akershus Art Centre, Storgata 4, 2000, Lillestrøm, Norway
 
Artists: 
Mo Abd-Ulla, Eglė Budvytytė, Tanya Busse, Victoria Durnak, Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir, Berglind Jóna Hlynsdóttir, Saulius Leonavičius and Vida Strasevičiūtė, Robertas Narkus, Augustas Serapinas and Kristin Tårnesvik
 
Curators:
Eglė Mikalajūnė and Samir M’kadmi
 
Exhibition designer:
Rokas Kilčiauskas
 
Designer:
Indrė Klimaitė
 

The expression “Climbing Invisible Structures” invokes something steep and hidden, something vertiginous and inaccessible. The idea of coping with such constructions, invites us, artists and participants, to reflect on the complex, multilayered and often imperceptible relationships that govern our lives and relationships. For what sort of social structures dictate things like career choice, way of life, or art productions? And can we be sure that our human relations, in fact, are not already organized according to pre-established power relationships, unstated rules and rituals? How can we know that what we take for granted, that which appears so natural, are actually social constructions and false consciousness?

The various works in this exhibition, each in a very distinct way, investigate different modes of existence, aspects of art production, and social life. They explore deep-rooted practices, conceptual systems, and rituals. They manipulate, disorganize, and disrupt fixed ways of thinking and patterns of behavior. Of course, the aim is not to establish new ones, but to puzzle, to make us wonder, and by the same token to raise questions about the legitimacy of existing conventions and established institutions.

The works in this exhibition point to a wide range of ritualised practices, connecting actions by people who lived a long time ago with contemporary rituals. Ranging from social and spiritual practices, which are familiar to everyone, to contemporary strategies framing the conditions of art production and management, they investigate, explore, question, disrupt, modify and fictionalise established beliefs, disciplines and daily habits, and outline directions for new ones.

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This exhibition is part of a two-year-long residency and exhibition project involving six institutions in three different countries: Iceland, Lithuania and Norway. Ten artists have been invited to do residencies and to create works for four exhibitions in Vilnius, Nida, Žeimiai (Lithuania) and Lillestrøm (Norway). This exhibition presents works by all participating artists. This is the fourth and the last exhibition of the project.

Partners of the project:

Nordic Artists’ Centre DaleNorway
Office for Contemporary Art, OsloNorway
Residency Centre YO YO, Žeimiai Manor Estate, Jonava district, Lithuania
Skaftfell - Center for Visual Art, East IcelandSeyðisfjörðurIceland
 
Vilnius Academy of Arts‘ project “Discipline today. Residency Exchange and Exhibitions”, project no. EEE-LT07-KM-01-K-01-035, benefits from a grant through the EEA Financial Mechanism and LithuanianState programme LT07 “Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage”. The project is also financed by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.
 
Organiser:  VDA-NAC herbas blue EN 
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Sponsors:  LTK Originalus Logotipas anglu    LRKM EN  visi logo-01 
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Photo 02
Augustas Serapinas, Climbing Structures, 2016
 
Photo 03
Augustas Serapinas, Climbing Structures, 2016
 
Photo 04
Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir, Five Drawings, 2016
 
Photo 05
Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir, Five Drawings, 2016
 
Photo 06
Kristin Tårnesvik, Popular hours of death. Stones sometimes fall from sky, 2016
 
Photo 07
Kristin Tårnesvik, Popular hours of death, 2016
 
Photo 08
Kristin Tårnesvik, Popular hours of death. Stones sometimes fall from sky, 2016
 
Photo 09
Berglind Jona Hlynsdóttir in collaboration with the band Dora (Gatis Zakis and Jānis Šipkēvics), Stitching and Mending, 2016
 
Photo 10
Berglind Jona Hlynsdóttir in collaboration with the band Dora (Gatis Zakis and Jānis Šipkēvics), Stitching and Mending, 2016
 
Photo 11
Eglė Budvytytė, Skateboard Prayer, or Head Below the Heart, 2016
 
Photo 12
Climbing Invisible Structures. Ritualised Disciplinary Practices in Social Life. Part 4: Lillestrøm. Exhibition view, Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm, Norway, 2017
 
Photo 13
Tanya Busse, Sandgazer Radio, 2016
 
Photo 14
Tanya Busse, Sandgazer Radio, 2016
 
Photo 15
Tanya Busse, Sandgazer Radio, 2016
 
Photo 16
Robertas Narkus, Atlantic Biennale. Decks, 2016
 
Photo 17
Robertas Narkus, Atlantic Biennale. Eurostar, 2016
 
Photo 18
Mo Abd-Ulla, Today’s Menu: What do Dictators Eat? Side-table, 2017
 
Photo 19
Mo Abd-Ulla, Today’s Menu: What do Dictators Eat? Vases (middle shelf), 2017
 
Photo 20
Mo Abd-Ulla, Today’s Menu: What do Dictators Eat? performative dinner, 2017
 
Photo 21
Mo Abd-Ulla, Today’s Menu: What do Dictators Eat? performative dinner, 2017
 
Photo 22
Mo Abd-Ulla, Today’s Menu: What do Dictators Eat? performative dinner, 2017
 
Photo 23
Victoria Durnak, Ex-Boyfriend Jewelry, 2016
 
Photo 24
Saulius Leonavičius & Vida Strasevičiūtė, Fuck Language, 2017
 
Photo 25
Saulius Leonavičius & Vida Strasevičiūtė, Fuck Language, Oslo city centre, 2017
 
Photo 26
Saulius Leonavičius & Vida Strasevičiūtė, Fuck Language, Oslo city centre, 2017
 
Photos by Andrej Vasilenko and Jonas Vaitiekūnas