The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb
Deimantas Narkevicius: Da Capo
18 Dec. 2014 – 28 Feb. 2015
Although he graduated sculpting at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, Deimantas Narkevicius gained popularity as a video artist. His enduring thematic preoccupation is with history and its impact on individual human fates. Relating the story of World War II, the period of socialism in Lithuania and the changes that occurred in the 1990s, in his work the artist frequently makes use of archival material and found recordings of an event – these fragments of reality often constitute the starting point in the construction of his own narratives. The editing techniques he applies in many films do not necessarily imply a consistent narrative structure. Narkevicius creates zones of uncertainty in the perception of what is real and what may have happened, and we are never quite certain if it did in fact take place, making it very difficult to determine whether it is fiction or documentary. The field of possible interpretation opened by his films is, in his opinion, the only way one can return to the past without fossilising it as a monument. For Narkevicius memory is never an objective fact – it is always a political act.
Along with a number of photographs and audio installations, the lion's share of the exhibition will consist of films created over the past decade, including his renowned 8mm film His-story (1988) a part of the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art. On the occasion of the exhibitions at Zagreb's MSU, Florence's Museo Marini and an exhibition at the Le Magazine gallery in Grenoble, a comprehensive publication is in the works with contributions from eminent art critics, sociologists and curators, including Maria Lind, Jan Verwoert, Sabine Breitwieser, Boris Buden, Kasper Koening and Charles Esche.
Deimantas Narkevicius (1964, Utena, Lithuania) represented Lithuania at the 2003 Biennale in Venice and has shown his works at numerous group and solo exhibitions (Stockholm's Moderna Museet, the Kunstverein in Munich, London's Tate Modern, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville in Paris and elsewhere). He lives and works in Vilnius.
Curators: Marco Scotini and Radmila Iva Janković
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