The programme presents four diary-like documentary video works centred around fragments from the daily life of their creators. The moments captured in these films are not only melancholic but also surreal, emerging from the specific atmosphere and time of the city where they were documented. Alongside the experimental video works, the programme features Our Portraits (1994), an anthropological film by Laimė Kiškūnaitė and Karla Gruodis. The film was made together with the students of the Vilnius Pedagogical Institute who participated in Gruodis’s seminar on feminist theory. “Our portraits” are video portraits filmed by the students, presenting not themselves but women that they found interesting, including writer Zita Čepaitė and teenage girls from special care homes in Vilnius. Some of the films selected for the programme were created a little later than the usual early Lithuanian video art but were chosen because of the media in which they were created (DVD, VHS, or cine film) or the themes they explore, associated with the early video art period.
Gerda Paliušyte (b. 1987) is a Vilnius-based artist and curator. Her films tend to engage with a range of cultural agents, including historical and popular characters, focusing on the ways they modify the cultural landscape of specific places. Since 2018 Paliušyte has belonged to the artist collective Montos Tattoo.