Golden Lion for Best National Participation - Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale | Sun & Sea (Marina) - Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, Lina Lapelytė
Commissioner: Rasa Antanavičıūte, Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts. Curator: Lucia Pietroiusti. May 11–October 31, 2019
NAC is collaborating with Dr. Vasilijus Safronovas – a researcher from the Institute of Baltic Region History and Archaeology of Klaipėda University – to do a survey (historical data, visual material) on emigration and immigration to the peninsula after WW II.
From September to October 2018, an Egyptian artist Amira Hanafi will be residing at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (NAC) in Lithuania as part of the residency exchange between NAC and MASS Alexandria. During the two months in Nida, Amira will produce new work on the topics related to conflict, rootless communities, migration, displacement, ways of making strange territories your own, conviviality, identity and related experiences.
The exhibition The Spectral Forest presents newly commissioned and existing works by eight international contemporary artists. Departing from the history of deforestation and afforestation, and displacement and resettlement, on the Curonian Spit, as well as the significance of the sacred groves in the Baltic region, the exhibition is conceived as a promenade through an enchanted forest. The exhibition is curated by Rado Ištok.
"Sensible Grounds: Tuning into the Rhythms of the Chronic" displays sculptural installations, archival material, and films that employ fiction, as well as those which do away with images entirely. This collection of moving image practices contemplate historical capacities of cinematic space as a medium of testament, as well as being a physical and mental environment: a refuge, a holding place, with an unsettling gravity to enact, unblock and care for forms of sociality.