Curated Residency Taking Time is finalising with exhibition in Vilnius in gallery Akademija on 10th of Dec 2012

Taking Time: Only the expanse of snow could be seen, white as this page
Group show of residents from Nida Art Colony (LT)


Where: Gallery Akademija, Pilies st. 44 / Latako st. 2, Vilnius, Lithuania.

From 11.12.2012 – 15.12.2012

Opening: 10.12.2012 at 6 pm; Artist talk by Henning Lundkvist at 6.30 p.

Lecture before the opening on worldwide residency opportunities by Bojana Panevska (Amsterdam, at 4.30 pm in CAC café, Vilnius, Vokiečiu st. 2.



Participating Artists: Marta Bogdanska (PL), Sigbjorn Bratlie (NO), Luca Diffuse (IT), Olivia Glasser (UK), Vahag Hamalbashyan (ARM), Petra Koehle (AT/CH), Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky (CH/NL), Toni Ledentsa (FIN), Henning Lundkvist (SE), Federica Martini (IT/CH), Vytautas Michelkevičius (LT), Fiona Reilly (IRL), Jeanie Sinclair (UK), Marika Troili (SE), Myroslav Vayda (UA), Peter Wehinger (AT), Natalia Zintsova (RUS).

Taking Time is a group show opening at gallery Akademija in Vilnius, Lithuania on December, 10th at 6 pm. A curatorial project proposed by Petra Koehle (CH/AT) and Federica Martini (CH/IT), the exhibition focuses on what happens within the time- and spatial frame of an artistic residency at Nida Art Colony.

Much reflection was developed in recent years on cultural nomadism and its impact on artistic production. Based on general reactions to the inclusion/exclusion dialectics, authenticity and questions about site-specificity, artists-in-residence programs were at the same time effects and agents of this change. They imply the enactment of hosting and displacement as a cultural production strategy.

In this sense, the potential of retreat offered by residency programmes present itself both as a “time lapse” in regular working routine, a collective working framework and a situation providing new landscapes, materials and narratives.

Most of the works in the exhibition were produced during the residency, and were proposed by the residents as a response to some of the questions addressed by Taking Time. They share projects developed during the residency for other exhibitions, as well as different approaches to the landscape surrounding the Colony and collective activities that have been going on during the residencies. Some editions, presented in the reading room, are collaborations initiated by the residents, binding together lists of residents’ unrealized projects and an appropriation of the 2012 Liverpool Biennial flyer, which theme was “The Unexpected Guest”. Parallel to the exhibition Taking Time, it is possible to visit House of Grass, a solo show of Nida resident Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky at project space Malonioji g. 6, Vilnius. It is open on December 8th 4-6pm and on December 11th 5-7pm.

The exhibition at Gallery Akademija in Vilnius is part of an ongoing exchange On Hosting and Displacing between Ecole Cantonale d'art du Valais (CH) and the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (LT) reflecting these issues. The cooperation is supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Art Council. It is the first exhibition in Vilnius of works by Nida Art Colony residents. Nida Art Colony, a branch of Vilnius Academy of Arts, started its residency programme in March 2011. Most participating artists are from the curated residency programme East-West in collaboration with partners from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Armenia and supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. The programme revives the idea of Nida (and its famous postal route until XIX century) as a historical transit and meeting point for people from Eastern and Western Europe.



Partner residencies: Foundation "IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives.“ (Ukraine), Akos Cultural NGO (Armenia), A-I-R laboratory at The Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle (Poland), ACM (Assotiation of cultural Managers) with AiR-programm in Nikola-Lenivets (Russia).


Supported by Pro Helvetia - Swiss Art Council, Lietuvos Respublikos kultūros ministerija / Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Šiaurės Baltijos šalių mobilumo programa: kultūra / Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture, Beer Dundulis.

«A cooperation project1 in the framework of the exchange programme with Central and
Eastern Europe, initiated by the liaison office of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in



Experts on Residencies are visiting Nida Art Colony

Nida Art Colony is developing its residency programme and inviting international experts, curators and critics to advance the residency programme and define its specific profile among the other residencies in the world. The public lecture on residencies and their models are planned in Vilnius on 10th of December at 4.30pm in CAC by Bojana Panevska from Trans Artists network which has over 1200 residencies in the database.

On November 18-21st curator Kitty Scott - director (2008-2012) of Visual Arts at Banff Centre (Canada) was visiting Nida Art Colony and discussing its activities and programmes. Banff Centre is one of world's leading residency centres. Kitty Scott was also the agent of dOCUMENTA (13) and curated the residency "The Retreat: A Position of dOCUMENTA (13)".

From December 6th to 9th Johan Pousette from Sweden is visiting Nida Art Colony. He founded the Baltic Art Center, a unique international artist-in-production residency and exhibition program. He served as director there until 2007. This residency centre in Visby town in Gotland island shares similar atmosphere with Nida and is probably the closest neighborhood residency centre. At the moment he is employed by Riksutställningar in Sweden as Coordinator for Contemporary Art. Also active as a freelance curator (curated the Gothenburg Biennial 2009 and the October Salon in Belgrade 2010).

During the same period Bojana Panevska, artist and education and workshop presenter from Trans Artists network, is also visiting the colony and giving a lecture about worldwide residency opportunities for Lithuanian artists in Vilnius.

These trips are generously supported by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.


Exhibition 'House of Grass by our resident Eva-Fiore Kovačovský in project space Malonioji 6 in Vilnius

Welcome to see exhibition by our resident who spent more than 4 months in Nida Art Colony. Exhibition includes her work from Nida as well as her previous work. You can see the documentation online

In the House of Grass Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky explores formal properties of ordinary plants. In Vilnius the artist shows her previous work in combination with collages and video footage shot during her recent residency at the Nida Art Colony. By recording, collecting, editing and recreating forms found in the wild Kovacovsky deals with our perception of nature, and the subjective line between reality and fantasy.

Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, born 1980 in Switzerland, currently lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam. She studied design and photography at the Schule für Gestaltung in Basel and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Kovacovsky’s work was featured in group shows in Europe and the US, among others in “I heart Photograph“ at the Higher Pictures Gallery in New York, “Rietveld Arsenale” 
during the Venice Biennale 2009, Quickscan #01 at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam and the “New York Photography Biennale” in 2010. She is represented by Galerie Stampa in Basel.

Exhibition will take place from November 16 to December 11, 2012 at Malonioji street 6, Vilnius

Open on Saturdays, 2-4 pm or by appointment tel. +37060410605

Welcome to read the text in the main Lithuanian Cultural weekly 7MD on exhibition. Please use photo photo

A Talk by Jurij Dobriakov on Mapping the Self: Being Born In a Place One Does Not Belong In

Welcome on Sunday (12.02) 6pm to the Colony to the lecture by Jurij Dobriakov Mapping the Self: Being Born In a Place One Does Not Belong In. He is Lithuanian culture critic and writer born in Sovetsk (Russian name, DE- Tilsit, LT - Tilžė) in 1983, grown-up in Klaipėda and now based in Vilnius.

Summary of the lecture:
How does one build one's connection with a place where one is merely a representative of the last wave of colonizers? How does one construct one's self in relation to this place? What does it mean to be a colonizer, and can a colonizer ever become a local? What role do place names play in colonizing or "domesticating" the new territory, and how does naming and renaming transform the place? How can one displace oneself creatively and positively in a place that has a history of violent displacement, conquest and colonization? These and similar questions will frame the presentation that will hopefully turn into a productive discussion.

Here is also a text related to the talk by him

This lecture is a part of the projects East-West together with "On Hosting and Displacing". The curated exhibition "Taking Time" generated from these two projects will open on 10th December 6pm in Vilnius in the gallery "Akademija".

Open Artists Studios 20.11.2012

Artists from East-West project in the process of preparing for the exhibition were taking part in the open studios with visiting curator Kitty Scott (former director of Visual Arts at Banff Centre, Canada).

Participating artists and researchers in residence:
Toni Ledentsa (FIN), Sigbjørn Bratlie (NO), Jeanie Sinclair (UK) and Luca Diffuse (IT), Marika Troili (SE), Vahag Hamalbashyan (Armenia), Natalia Zintsova (RU), Marta Bogdanska (PL).

Pictures from Open Studios.

Open Doors at the Colony and other Cultural organisations in Neringa in the Night of 16th November 2012

Everybody is welcome on 16th November to taste our herbal teas and homemade pies from 21.00 to 23.00. Moreover you can see the short film programme of our present and previous residents.

Full programme (only in Lithuanian) with a map of all the events related to the birthday of Neringa municipality


New Residents for November / December 2012

Nida Art Colony is pleased to welcome four new residents, Toni Ledentsa (FIN), Sigbjørn Bratlie (NOR), Jeanie Sinclair (UK) and Luca Diffuse (ITA), that recently joined our current autumn / winter residents.


Toni Ledentsa (FIN) is an independent curator, co-coordinator of XL Art Space and currently pursuing an MA in Curating, Managing and Mediating Art at the Aalto University School of Art and Design in Helsinki. Writing his thesis on curatorial residencies, he is getting some first-hand experience through his stay at the colony.

Sigbjørn Bratlie (NOR) works with installation, painting, video and performance. Influenced by popular culture and frequently employing the aesthetics of humour or slapstick in his works, there is an analytical undertone in the way he plays with the production of art works in the midst of an overwhelming flow of TV, movies, pop music, advertising, fashion and cartoons.

Jeanie Sinclair (UK) is the Research Fellow at St. Ives Archive, and is currently undertaking PhD research at University College Falmouth. Following her project Intangible Archives, a soundwalk of the coastal town of St Ives, combining interviews with local residents and a soundtrack of field recordings of the area, Jeanie is developing on a new audio research project, The Intangible Archive Nida.

Luca Diffuse (ITA) is an architect whose practice spans writing, workshops and research. In 2010, he set up ‘writing extended explanations’, his Rome-based architecture agency and recently exhibited at Venice Biennale 2012. He has previously worked with the sound mapping of spaces, undertone atmospheres and abandoned towns as potential art colonies.

Performative event “In our own words” by Nida Art Colony residents in Vilnius on 23rd of October

Artists from Nida Art Colony are landing in Vilnius for a couple of days and inviting everybody to meet them during the performative event “In our own words” on Tuesday (10.23) at 6 pm in the exhibition "Message left after Signal" of Tim Kliukoit & Paul Paper in Malonioji 6, Vilnius. Within the framework of a five minute presentation eight artists and curators - all residents at Nida art colony - will talk in their first language about their work.

Participants: Marika Troili (SE), Vahag Hamalbashyan (Armenia), Myroslav Vayda (Ukraine), Natalia Zintsova (RU), Marta Bogdanska (PL), Olivia Glasser (UK), Petra Koehle (CH), Vytautas Michelkevicius (LT).

The other artists stayed in Nida to work on their projects: Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky (CH/NL), Fiona Reilly (Ireland), Peter Wehinger (AT).

All these artists are taking part in a two months curated residency / exhibition project "Taking Time" which focus on what happens within the time and spatial frame of an artistic residency, based around themes surrounding "On Hosting and Displacing”. Working with a group of artists from Eastern and Western Europe, curators Federica Martini and Petra Koehle (Switzerland) are using an experimental curatorial format - Petra Koehle (CH) working with the artists for the first 10 days of the project and Federica Martini arriving towards the end of the residency to finalise the curation of the works, ready for the exhibition in the Gallery “Akademija” of Vinius Academy of Arts in December. The artists are currently sharing ideas, experiences and references to build around themes of the project collaboratively.

On the exhibition in artist/curator-run-space “Malonioji 6”:

Emerging Lithuanian artists Tim Kliukoit and Paul Paper present photography and object installation "Message, left after the signal". Tim Kliukoit works with objects, providing new meanings to the found and no-longer-wanted things through re-framing and re-contextualizing. Paul Paper is an everyday photographer, capturing tiny moments of unspectacular life. In their first collaborative exhibition the artists aimed to bridge a dialogue between objects and photographs - giving new sense to each piece exhibited. "Message, left after the signal" is the exhibition about the in-between stages, ambiguities and the realm of senses, questioning the (im)possibility of an art installation to effectively speak about it.

Project is supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Ministry of Culture of Lithuanian Republic, Nordic-Baltic mobility programme for culture.

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