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Svajonė ir Paulius Stanikai


Svajonė ir Paulius Stanikai.
Išvakarės.
Grafitas, popierius. 200x300, 2000


Svajonė ir Paulius Stanikai.
Vaikystė. Suvaikėjimas I.
Fotonuotrauka, šviesos instaliacija, 230x315, 2000

Svajonė ir Paulius Stanikai.
Vaikystė. Suvaikėjimas II.
Fotonuotrauka, šviesos instaliacija, 230x270, 2000


S&P Stanikas: Longing for Fear

by Agnė Narušytė

Svajonė and Paulius Stanikas create together as a twofold being. It is impossible to distinguish which part of their works is made by one, and which by the other, as they are a product of common experience. Their photographs as if testify to the existence of a common sub-consciousness, in which the same desires, cravings and convulsions rage, or a consciousness whose images do not contain a single trace of friction between the two mentalities.
At the exhibition of works by S&P Stanikas held at the beginning of 2001 at the Contemporary Art Centre, the feelings and perception of spectators was attacked by the totality and atmosphere of the exhibition space.
The artists involve their own and other people’s bodies into new rituals. These are rituals of resignation to the absurdity of life. The future of all people as bodies is the same, and the inner contradiction between a wish to do something for the sake of the future, and the absurdity of this wish permeates one’s entire life. S&P Stanikas choose a life with absurd. Their photographs do not contain illusionary meaningfulness. Even a young smiling face does not hint at the luxurious world of advertising – laughter is stuck in the photograph like a senseless discharge of the body’s energy. A drawing of a nude woman does not extol motherhood, but is an anatomical study, an allusion to the history of art, to Renaissance discoveries that have become a redundant and useless teaching aid due to contemporary technologies.

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