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Deimantas Narkevičius - Once in the XX Century

Friday 05 May 2006 to Saturday 01 July 2006, 22:00

Lithuanian artist Deimantas Narkevičius creates complex, poetic explorations of post-Soviet Europe and the relationship of its peoples to their past.

Often using the aesthetic and techniques of documentary film, he employs interviews, archive footage, animation, and still photography to grapple with questions about our political and moral obligations to history, memory and society.

Narkevi?ius trained as a sculptor and this influence, as well as that of painting, can be seen within many of his films. Although rooted in the political and social history of Lithuania, Narkevi?ius’s films find far wider resonance. In one sense they can be seen as deeply intimate studies of very ordinary lives, albeit lived at a time of remarkable turmoil and change. But they also celebrate how, against the odds, communities and individuals find a way to live, to work and to be creative within rigid and uncompromising structures of oppression or control, whether imposed by the state, the church, or by the limitations of artistic practice itself.

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