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Audrius Novickas. Galios vaizdai. Vaizdai pro Lietuvos Respublikos Prezidento, Seimo Pirmininko, Ministro Pirmininko kabinetų langus. 2001
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“Art Moscow” and Lithuania

by Lolita Jablonskienė

“Art Moscow” is a continued complex project, which has been presented this year for the 6th time in the Moscow Central House of Artist. It is above all an international gallery fair, however, following the already established tradition, the fair is always accompanied by non-commercial foreign contemporary art shows and a theoretical colloquium. The Moscow fair is probably the most ambitious in East and Central Europe, unfortunately not yet enough known in Lithuania. Each spring “Art Moscow” creates a possibility to see the most urgent developments on the Russian contemporary art scene and to compare it with an international context. Moscow art life really becomes intense then - every gallery or art hall seeks to have an opening or a running new project during the days of “Art Moscow”.
This year together with projects from China, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Slovenia and Ukraine, a Lithuanian contemporary art exhibition “Public Relations” (works by G. Makarevičius, A. Novickas, A. Raila, E. Rakauskaitė, S. and P. Stanikas, curator - L. Jablonskienė, organizer - CAIC) was also presented at “Art Moscow”. It was not a thematic show. The title rather indicates a strategy employed by the artists. Their art practices are based on investigations of contemporary social environment and above all aim to create a platform for critical thought and discussion. In the presented art works public and private spaces merge whereupon different meanings of identity, originated in them, come into collision. Self-observation, personal storytelling, family life, history and contemporary reality ring in a unanimous ensemble, bound by the complex relationship of inevitable dependence. Subversions of mainstream narratives spread in this many-voice formation, calling into question the functioning of postmodern image-dependent consciousness.

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