Reflecting on the political and social tensions in the world in recent years, Jurga Barilaitė presents an exhibition exploring possible survival strategies. The bottom in the exhibition not only symbolises the absolute end, but also becomes a starting point, where the deposited sludge reflects the continuity of life and reminds us of the constant change. The process of decomposition in the sludge and the disappearance of light in the darkest matter inspires the artist to look for a neutral perspective on the negative political changes on a global level. Faced with problems that encompass the whole of humanity, Jurga Barilaitė discovers their solutions in dreams and, with the help of artificial intelligence, constructs an “instruction manual” for the salvation of humanity.
Jurga Barilaitė (b. 1972) is an interdisciplinary artist, painter and creator of assemblages, texts, performances and video art. Her work is based on a critical approach to the tradition of painting and its discourse, reflections on the identity of the artist and the nature of creativity, as well as the highlighting of the feminist construct. Barilaitė’s ideas are often based on autobiographical details, scientific theories, images from art history or pop culture. Since graduating from the Vilnius Academy of Arts in 1996, she has been working on interdisciplinary projects and actively participating in exhibitions. Since 1998, Jurga Barilaitė has been a member of the Lithuanian Union of Interdisciplinary Artists.
Jurga Barilaitė’s exhibition “The Bottom” will be open until 12th October at the (AV17) gallery (Totorių str. 5, Vilnius).
Sponsors: Lithuanian Council for Culture, UAB „Ecoservice“.