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August 23, 2007

New Season Exhibitions: Autumn 2007

New Season Exhibitions: Autumn 2007

CAC
Vokieciu g. 2, LT-01130 Vilnius
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The reappraisal of feminism and feminist art has been a hot topic of 2007 in international academic, art, and publishing circles. The CAC is pleased to be lobbing into the discussion with its new season of exhibitions of art made by women:

Chicks On Speed: Shoe Fuck!
7 September-28 October
Among Us: six Lithuanian women artists in their thirties
The Joy Is Not Mentioned: Egle Budvytyte, Goda Budvytyte, and Ieva Miseviciute
6-8 September (events in the city),14 September-28 October (exhibition)

Each of the exhibitions looks towards a different decade–the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s–for its conceptual impetus and considers its affects from a new millennial perspective. In their largest-scale gallery exhibition to date the all-girl band, performance ensemble and artist collective the Chicks On Speed reprise a number of strategies associated with art and music hailing from the 1970s and Punk. Punk was a movement and moment when women started rocking for themselves, incorporating explicit post-feminist political and performance strategies into their stage-personas, costuming, and stage-productions; high among them being raw sexuality, nudity, inflammatory language and sloganeering. It’s all on show in Shoe Fuck! including one of the symbols of late-capitalist women’s empowerment–a classic Chanel pump–being put to the test in the exhibition’s eponymous work. Part full-throttle commodity fetishism and part transgressive act the work, and the exhibition as a whole, questions whether space for political activism/resistance exists for women in the age of consumerism.

The Joy Is Not Mentioned is the latest installment of the CAC’s ongoing ‘young Lithuanian artists’ series: A speculative projection of the missing 80s in a possible Vilnius present. The project lends to Vilnius one of the early forms of hip hop culture–the street dance–by presenting a series of hijacked dance events and blended radio frequencies. The intent is not to be faithful to the original, but to take up this musical moment’s spirit of invention in a new imagined way–fantasy invading the physical space of the city. This project/invitation cuts a moment of the past, pastes it to the present and searches for its new roles, new meanings, and new performers.

Radio broadcasts will guide spontaneous dance floors all over the city during three evenings of 6, 7, 8 of September, and will be the central part of the exhibition. Tune in and help the city burn: www.vilniusburning.lt

Among Us presents newly commissioned work by: Jurgita Remeikyte, Alma Skersyte, Irma Stanaityte, Laura Stasiulyte, Vilma Sileikiene and Kristina Inciuraite. The exhibition compares and contrasts coincidences and divergences in the artists’ practice, set against prescient developments in Lithuanian art and society since the 1990s. It was at the end of the decade marked by independence from the USSR (1991) that a higher number of women started entering the field of contemporary art; as part of a broader entrance of women into public life–including the fields of business and politics. The exhibition’s title, Among Us, was inspired by a series of discussions between the participating artists that identified the exhibition’s salient and shared concerns; collective historical memory and the recent transformations of Lithuanian identity. The artists analyze visual codes that have come from the past and question whether they are still recognizable, if they are still being exploited or if they’ve already been forgotten? They study the influence of increasingly dynamic lifestyle on identity, and the collective unconscious in work that reflects upon their personal experience and environment.

Chicks on Speed will perform at the opening of their exhibition at 8.00pm on Friday 7 September

In association with The Joy Is Not Mentioned, dance floors will be formed on the streets of central Vilnius between 8.00pm-1.00am on Thursday 6 and Friday 7, September

Also at the CAC in autumn:
DIGITAL HERITAGE: Video Art in Germany From 1963 to the Present, 12-21 October,
with a special lecture by Marcel Odenbach on Friday 19 October

Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas at the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 52nd International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia, until 21 November, see: www.villalituania.lt

For press information about CAC projects contact Renata Dubinskaite at: renata@cac.lt

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