VYTAUTAS MICHELKEVIČIUS (LT) | The North Norwegian Artist Center, Svolvær, March 23-27, 2017 + Troms fylkeskultursenter, Tromsø, Norway, March 27-April 1, 2017
Vytautas Michelkevičius visits Lofoten (March 23-27, Nordnorsk kunstnersenter) and Tromsø (March 27-April 1, Troms fylkeskultursenter) as a part of a curatorial and critical writing residency programme organised by the Transfer North. Transfer North is a knowledge transfer network for independent and institutional curators and art critics in the contemporary art field in the European North, supported by Nordic Culture Point: Long-term network support, BarentsKult and project partners.
Vytautas Michelkevičius is a curator, publisher, art and media researcher, associate professor in Vilnius Academy of Arts and Vilnius University and is artistic director of Nida Art Colony since 2010. He holds a PhD in Communication studies (Thesis on Critical media theory and photography) from Vilnius University. He is interested in photographicallity of art and society, socializing through art, interdisciplinarity between art and research, artistic research, experimental teaching, and participatory curatorial practices. Vytautas has authored or edited more than 10 catalogues and books on media theory, art and photography since 2002. He is curating mostly group shows and in 2015 he is a curator of Lithuanian Pavilion in Venice Biennale with artist Dainius Liškevičius project „Museum“.
About his curatorial talk Vytautas says:
“In this curatorial talk, I will leap through last 15 years of my artistic & curatorial practice from the start as self-taught photographer to closing this chapter with PhD in critical media studies and institutional (art) photography analysis in Soviet Lithuania throughout 1960-1980s. In 2011 I have curated a region connecting exhibition in Tallinn Art Hall with young artists using photography from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Titled “Generation of the Place: Image, Memory and Fiction in the Baltics” and later published as a book it was reviewing the approach to the (local) place of the generation born in 1980s. Around the same time I started to work as artistic director of Nida Art Colony – art, education and residency center located on the Baltic Sea Coast. Since 2011 I have developed and co-curated 6 editions of Inter-format symposium – an art festival and conference bringing together artists & researchers to remote place for intensive knowledge exchange. Both the symposium and the residency programme hosted over 100 artists every year from all over the world. In 2015 I with my colleagues won the competition with artist Dainius Liškevičius project „Museum“ to curate Lithuanian Pavilion in Venice Biennale where we were addressing issues of new-nationalisms, artist’s power and freedoms both in totalitarian regime (Soviet Union) and now. Last couples of years I was researching diagrammatic thinking and artistic research. My book on this topic „Converged by Artistic Research in Lithuania and Beyond: Along Contours of Knowing“ (Vilnius Academy of Arts Press, 2016) just came out and English translation is being published at the moment. Most of the publications will be present with me during the talk.”