Announcing artists participating in CREATurE 2017

Year 2017 here is more hectic than usual – with Kaunas having announced the pursuit of the European Capital of Culture 2022 title, and then being awarded it, a boost amongst the cultural operators is expected and the first things from under the wing of ECC 2022 are already coming to live. This is a great news for Kaunas, which in recent years has invested rather a lot into the growth of culture and arts, thus working on sustaining and evolving the permaculture of this city. Sure enough, all these developments give us, meaning CREATurE 2017, new thoughts about identities and change, but we stick to the idea that change is the only permanent thing in this universe.

Change and challenge, a global one, is one of the things that has inspired this year’s theme at CREATurE Live Art. How is performance art dealing with great challenges to the human existence, such as humiliating regimes of oppression, cynical destruction of culture and arts, denial of main liberties, such as freedom to move, freedom of speech, freedom of thought? What strategies in visual arts are applied once all of this is changed again – by a new state of thought, by a new political design, by a new regime, maybe the one of freedom? These and many surrounding questions are the ones that we are asking ourselves and other artists that have been working and living in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Lithuania. So yes, this year it is very much about politics and the political, a body as an instrument of, again, resistance and reflection, and performance as a political act which is an equivalent of freedom of speech.

We are very happy to announce the following artists invited to present works in CREATurE 2017 (in a short while you’ll have more information about each of them in our Artists section)::

Andrey Kuzkin (RU)

Ani Zur (UA)

Arti Grabowski (PL)

Irina Lavrinovič & Asher Lev (LT / IL)

Janusz Bałdyga (PL)

Maria Kulikovska (UA)

Marta Bosowska (PL)

Mikhail Gulin (BY)

Olga Kroytor (RU)

Ramūnas Jaras (LT)

Waldemar Tatarczuk (PL)

Wolodymyr Topiy (UA)


CREATurE team is preparing for the festival while performing themselves

While summer is nearing the end, one of the CREATurEs, Vaida Tamoševičiūtė, is preparing a performance “A.A.” for the 30th of August, that will take place at 17.00 in the VDU menu galerija 101 (Muitinės g. 7, Kaunas).

Performance will be a part of the exhibition series “Today Before Yesterday” („Šiandien prieš vakar“), which is organized as a commemoration of a Lithuanian painter Arūnas Vaitkūnas (1956-2005) and in order to celebrate twenty years of the Painting Studio (now – Department of Painting) in the Vilnius Academy of Arts Kaunas Department.

A. A. (Eng. R.i.P.)

I woke up at 4.00. This time has always been very special to me. A time when I was haunted by demons of inquietude or those of fear, thoughts of loss and bereavement. During those hours in between the night and day the gap between “there” and “here” would somehow grow narrower. An abyss would open or sometimes – a certain depth.

I lost many this year: my grandfather, a very close friend, the father of A. Since spring I am bearing the feelings of death and of birth, and all has become so near, so real and so fragile.

I am remembering Arūnas Vaitkūnas, may he rest in piece, the encounters that have changed my life. I am thinking of miraculous moments, of special places and exceptional people, about those meetings that happened to be our last, about kites, about fruit, about freedom and solitude.

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