Gerda Paliušytė. “The Portraits of Ourselves”

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.

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė. Whose Voice is This?

The short Lithuanian documentaries restored by Meno Avilys and presented in this programme cover a wide range of topics and diverse cinematic techniques. The programme features three films, in which the authors look at and listen to injured people and animals, exploiting the camera as an engine for empathy. The voice in the background transforms from informative to exaltedly poetic, ultimately becoming quiet and gentle.

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, born in Lithuania in 1983, works as a filmmaker and theatre director. She explores the tension between documentary and fiction, performing and being, filming and seeing. Her recent collaborations include the documentary Acid Forest, the opera Have a Good Day!, and the installation Sun and Sea.

 

Aistė Žegulytė. Urban and Human Time.

Three Lithuanian cinematic documents. Three filmmakers developing the dialogue about urban, nature and human time. Time Passes through the City (Lith. Laikas eina per miestą) by Almantas Grikevičius is one of the most exceptional experiments of Lithuanian film and photography reminiscent in its form of the classic film Le Jetee by Chris Marker. The etude Reflections (Lith. "Atspindžiai") by Henrikas Šablevičius is an abstract and highly personal meditation on the path of life as well as the meaning of being. Slowly falling Autumn Snow (Lith. "Rudens sniegas") by Vladas Navasaitis reminds us of a never-ending and eternal flow of time; the flow that has also become the central pivot of the programme.

The program is curated by film director Aistė Žegulytė, who is working with documentaries for over ten years. Her first feature-length documentary Animus Animalis premiered at the prestigious International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. Currently, the director is focusing on her new documentary Biodestructors.