May 27, 2019 - Kaunas Biennial - After Leaving | Before Arriving
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May 27, 2019

Kaunas Biennial

Iliustration: Karolis Strautniekas.

After Leaving | Before Arriving
The 12th Kaunas Biennial
June 7–September 29, 2019

Kaunas Biennial
Plento str. 1 d
LT-LT45393 Kaunas
Lithuania

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The 12th Kaunas Biennial: After Leaving | Before Arriving invites visitors to embark on a journey through the city that will start on June 7 and continue until September 29, 2019. Taking the history of Kaunas as its point of departure, the exhibition explores the metaphor of travel to investigate broader notions of passage, transition, and repair. Works by thirty international artists reflect upon how the feeling of disorientation underlying contemporary existence globally intertwines with the specific socio-political realities of nation-building in the New East, where alternative European alliances are emerging from the knots of past regimes. In the midst of this shift, After Leaving | Before Arriving examines the role cultural production can play in documenting and processing moments of political change as well as in the construction of regional and national identity.

The works of the exhibition stake out this path between remembering and forgetting, and history and progress, against the backdrop of the city’s Naujamiestis (New Town) district. The halls and platforms, and a set of wagons at Kaunas Railway Station, as well as the Kaunas Picture Gallery serve as the main venues, while further interventions at The Vytautas the Great War Museum, The M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, The Kaunas Artists’ House, and the Kaunas Old Cemetery (also known as Ramybės Park) seek to offer new perspectives on the city’s multilayered past. A sensitive selection of existing artistic projects is complemented by a number of new works commissioned by Kaunas Biennial that draw upon the history of these sites by Jasmina Cibic, Johanna Diehl, Inga Galinytė & Anna Papathanasiou, Christian Jankowski, Laura Kaminskaitė, Artūras Morozovas, Robertas Narkus, Tamu Nkiwane, Andrej Polukord, and Mykola Ridnyi.

Known for reinventing itself with every edition, Kaunas Biennial announced an open call in summer 2018 and invited a group of international curators to give shape to After Leaving | Before Arriving. Advised by consulting curator Lewis Biggs, the team consists of Elisabeth Del Prete, Daniel Milnes, Lýdia Pribišová, Neringa Stoškutė, and Alessandra Troncone.

From its humble beginnings in 1997, each Kaunas Biennial has been developed from scratch, changing the structure, terms of participation, place and concept of the exhibition and inviting new partners, curators, artists, and other cultural operators to bring art into focus as a powerful and transformative force. Since 2017, Kaunas Biennial has been the leading organization for Creative Europe Platform project MagiC Carpets, which unites 13 organizations, based in 13 different European Union and candidate countries. Within the framework of After Leaving | Before Arriving, new projects will be presented by MagiC Carpets artists Sonja Jo and Ana Kovačić.

Director: Kotryna Žemaitytė
Curators: Elisabeth Del Prete, Daniel Milnes, Lýdia Pribišová, Neringa Stoškutė, Alessandra Troncone
Consulting curator: Lewis Biggs
Exhibition architect: Linas Lapinskas

Artists: Bas Jan Ader, Jasmina Cibic, Céline Condorelli, Johanna Diehl, Ieva Epnere, Aslan Gaisumov, Inga Galinytė & Anna Papathanasiou, Alberto Garutti, Francesca Grilli, Laura Grisi, Christian Jankowski, Laura Kaminskaitė, Taus Makhacheva, Adrian Melis, Artūras Morozovas, Deimantas Narkevičius, Robertas Narkus, Tamu Nkiwane, Amalia Pica, Karol Pichler, Andrej Polukord, Ghenadie Popescu, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Mykola Ridnyi, Bálint Szombathy, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas

MagiC Carpets artists: Sonja Jo, Ana Kovačić.


Find out more about the exhibition, program and news at www.bienale.lt/2019/en/
More information about the MagiC Carpets platform at www.magiccarpets.eu

 

Further information:
Gintarė Žaltauskaitė
Communications Coordinator
press [​at​] biennial.lt
T +370 60059146

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