30/01/2020 – 07/02/2020
“Small Town Murder Songs”. Laurynas Skeisgiela

We arrive at dusk. Having turned on the infrared heater we seal the opening of where the doors would be. This place used to be a bakery. Its ground floor is filled with a mix of smells of sugar and mould. Slipping on a shiny greasy surface we lay down the cables. It will be a concert hall here. A knot of sticky cable extensions leads upstairs, to yet another four projections. Due to freezing cold and the lack of time we carry everything plugged in together. The corridor pulsates with sharp rays of light. It is filled with dust, possibilities and someone else’s dreams – all flying around in the beam of light.
This exhibition is a walk inside the archive of fragile projections and models. The material of this archive was collected over several years by the method of long lasting observation of contemporary art events and their organisers. “Small Town Murder Songs” is a slow journey down the storages, lifts and corridors, ignoring the facades, but quietly singing the stories which normally would not reflect back from the surfaces.
Laurynas Skeisgiela (born 1994) is an artist and curator from Vilnius, working in the field of video art, installation, photography and film. Between 2013 – 2017 he studied at Vilnius Academy of Arts and State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart. His work has been exhibited in Lithuania and abroad. Skeisgiela’s work is based on site specificity, often connecting its context with photography theories and contemporary anxiety. He is one of the curators of curatorial duo “Lokomotif” and one of the founders of the meeting room of the same title. In 2019 Skeisgiela was awarded individual state grant for development of his project White Ivory Tower. Exhibition “Small Town Murder Songs” is the first presentation of the project.
The exhibition was realised thanks to Danas Aleksa, Goda Aksamitauskaitė, Gytis Jurgevičius, Justas Vencius, Kipras Dominas, Martynas Norvaišas, Milda Dainovskytė, Pavelas Volginas, Urtė Sabutytė, Martyna Šulskutė, Vilius Vaitiekūnas, Vladas Suncovas.
Opening reception at “Atletika” gallery (Vitebsko 21, Vilnius) 29/01/2020, 7 pm
Exhibition opening times 30/01/2020 – 07/02/2020 Wednesday to Friday 16:00-19:00
Organised by Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association in collaboration with Lentvario kultūros rūmai.

Partly supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture, Vilnius City Municipality, UAB „Cinevera“.



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Photos: Laurynas Skeisgiela