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Doubled Youth

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BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead present the work of Lithuanian artist Deimantas Narkevičius in a new exhibition, Doubled Youth opening 14 October 2016.

Deimantas Narkevičius (born Utena, 1964) creates deeply researched, complex works that often provocatively address the traces of history. Working in film, Narkevičius draws on the formative experience of being a witness to history in his home country as it transitioned from Soviet to post-Soviet state, from totalitarian regime to the contemporary, new Lithuania.

Narkevičius, who trained as a sculptor, adopts the techniques of documentary filmmaking, drawing on the aesthetic language of the form. He employs interviews and archive footage, often exploring and subverting the genre. His films and sound installations illustrate our need to recall the past, showing how such memories remain relevant. The very particular ideology, identity and utopian ideals that informed the Soviet life-world through the decades, and the subsequent transition to something new, form the core of his practice.

In this exhibition, entitled Doubled Youth, Narkevičius brings together three recent works, including his new film 20 July 2015, which is receiving its UK premiere. Utilising 3D technology for the first time and applying it to unconventional subject matter, Narkevičius documented the removal of a group of eight Soviet-era Socialist Realist sculptures, first installed in 1952, from a prominent site known as the Green Bridge in the centre of Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, in 2015. The process of erasure was recorded using stereoscopic lenses, with the action of calibrating the cameras serving as a ritual for the objects that were about to be removed. The sounds of the operation are as important to the work as the visual spectacle. The film culminates with the final removal of the monuments at 2 a.m. on 20 July 2015.

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Admission to the exhibition is FREE.

 

 

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