Eimantas Ludavičius. Šuolis. 2004, popierius,
skaitmeninė spauda, 160x120. Foto Rimvydo Rukštelės
Why I Curated the 13th Tallinn Print Triennial
egocentric artist, I would rather participate in such exhibitions. Yet
I could not turn down the invitation to cooperate I received from
Peeter Allik, the artist I deeply respect, and a good friend of mine. In Exile, such was the theme of the
13th triennial, was expected to be a scandal, he announced. With such a
goal in mind, I set out to search for unorthodox approaches,
strategies, social message or politics. What I found, was plenty of
illustrations for lyrical poems. I got the impression that Lithuanian
art is dominated by the tendency to hide behind an elaborate form
without revealing ones personal attitude, this applies not only to
work in print media. I think many selected works in the exhibition sent
a message different from the one intended by the author. As a curator,
I used the right of liberal interpretation in the given context. People
pointed to individual works, asking, if this was exile. Yet exile is
not a separate phenomenon, but a context of these. If we look at the
previous triennials, we can see them to have applied the principle of
selecting the works that staid within the generic limits of the given
event. Such practice strikes more like tourism than exile.
I think that such principle of selection has largely contributed to the
establishment of the new method of organizing curated exhibitions: the
method of filling. I claim that contemporary Western curators elite
have developed a new form of representing the art world. The small
countries in Eastern Europe have started producing filling for the huge
biennials in the West
What is filling?
Filling is the ideal medium for the rise of designated stars.
Filling always takes pride being in the neighbourhood of the stars.
Filling is supposed to be of high quality, thoroughly made and keep low
Filling never reveals itself it reveals the curator and the stars.
Filling keeps it all in one piece.
Destroy the filling and the stars will spill on the dusty floor like
rusty pieces of tin!