Deimantas Narkevičius (b. 1964, Utena) works in film and video to explore history with a contemporary, subjective point of view. The artist continually switches back and forth between moments from the past and the present, creating a sense of déjà-vu. Narkevičius deconstructs the linear narration, placing the story in both the past and the present, using the same techniques and styles that can be observed in amateur films from the 1970s.
Narkevičius sends for the project a photo-series from his home in Vilnius, taken during the time of the strictest isolation measures. In the photographs, while seemingly serenely walking and sitting, the artist is listening to the music very loudly, thus exploring the limits of photography, but also showing how information is essential to have the full grasp on the situation.
Artists Respond project was started by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection. Addressing the current global pandemic, the project aims to virtually present the thoughts and attitudes of neo-avant-garde artists, their energy and the message they have for the present moment. This is the moment in which the world as we know it is on hold and the moment in which we need optimism and solidarity more than ever. We wish for the public to welcome the creative energy of these artists - artists who are ready to point out the state of things, to respond with art and creativity, as they have done in all difficult times in the past.
Deimantas Narkevičius was a participant of our Artist on Vacation project in 2015, organised by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection, with Valamar Riviera d.d. in whose facilities they reside in Poreč.
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