If one stares at the wall for a long time, the wall starts to move. To crave, to wag its tail, to drop its leaves or to sough, to growl, to tick, to show filtered faces,
to filter via Internet,
until it leaves one in solitude after bursting,
in front of a Facebook wall, where Zoom links ripple.
I get lost.
This is an exhibition about time measured in hopes. Its measuring units are slopes which were scattered after human heads covered with masks were dewed from exhaled air and anxiety. The artworks of Hopes & Slopes hover like fairy tales – you need to find yourself in the right place at the right time and then the portal to the other reality will open. But be cautious! While you are there, you may be bitten by the stories from photographs, or by strange creatures from sound recordings; some of them are climbing the walls, drifting in texts, stealing faces and pretending to be you, because of this inhuman solitude. Caution is the parent of safety, see where you meander – slopes!
Pretext: The title Hopes & Slopes originated from almost a year-long discussions on the relationship between young artists and and the art scene, also on how artists could change this relationship themselves. The exhibition is curated by eight young artists, all of whom are students at Vilnius Academy of Arts, Photography and Media Art Department. All participants of the exhibition are 1–3 year students at the same department.
This exhibition is partially open in a virtual gallery (link to be provided during the opening)
Aistė Marija Stankevičiūtė
(more names TBC)
Curatorial team: Aistė Marija Stankevičiūtė, Danielius Šermukšnis, Deinora Rudėnaitė, Edvinas Sinkevičius, Gabrielė Oržekauskaitė, Jokūbas Verbickas, Mantė Baranauskaitė, Miglė Markulytė
Architecture: Vaida Barbora Linartaitė
Exhibition opening: 2 June 2020, 6 pm, with sound by Samopal System DJs
Exhibition dates: 3–6 June 2020
Opening times: 2 to 7 pm. Artists will be available to talk with visitors during the working hours.
Location: Atletika (Vitebsko 21, Vilnius)
Organised by Vilnius Academy of Arts and Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association.
Partly supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture.