SISTERS FROM ANOTHER MISTER is a jointly authored artistic identity of Milda Lembertaitė (*1987 in Lithuania) and Amelia Prazak (*1987 in Switzerland). As a collective, they work with a free-wheeling practice employing gender play, witty sculptural forms, musical interludes and video works. Humorous scenarios function as a pretext for more complex personal and public topics and critical positions.
Their approach to technology is a bodily and emotional one: the use of video as an extension of the physical self. What are the elements in which we exist, in which we inhabit ourselves, in the reality of everyday life dissolved in a fantasy of another world – not here, not there. Where is the last frontier of the human, a lost frontier, embedded in geological time, artificial authenticity, stretching through eternity? The idea of displacement or fragmentation of bodies: body as human-scape, the body as visual geometry and its surface lies at the centre of their research. How to be physical and not just a surface?
Selected exhibitions and performances include: X (The Sonnenstube, Lugano, Switzerland, 2016); Perímetro: Cine Expandido (Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City, Mexico, 2016); Why Are Carrots Orange? (Hotel Maria Kapel, Hoorn, Netherlands, 2016); Rahmen des FESTIVAL (Schwarzwaldallee, Basel, Switzerland, 2016); Che c’è di nuovo? (MASI Museo d'arte della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland, 2016); Fictions Are Realities To Come (Zabludowicz Collections, London, UK, 2015); 10.000 Litres (The Place, London, UK, 2015); Anthias (Hotel Pullman London St. Pancras, London, UK, 2015); Pool (CGP, London, UK, 2015); Frosted and Defrosted (44 Albion Street, London, UK, 2014); Chroma (The House of Peroni, Portland Place, London, UK, 2013); The Grass Is Greener On The Other Side (Roundhouse, London, UK, 2013); Celeste Prize (Centrale Montemartini, Rome, Italy, 2012); Rodin Reflections (Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, UK, 2012); Casablanca (V&A, London, UK, 2012). More information about the artist here.
DAINIUS LIŠKEVIČIUS lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. Liškevičius studied at Vilnius Academy of Arts, Department of Sculpture, between 1990–1996 and completed his postgraduate art studies in 2012. Currently one of the most prominent artists in Lithuania, he began his artistic career at the time when Lithuania regained its independence in the 1990s. Liškevičius has contributed to the developing contemporary Lithuanian art scene with his continuous art practice involving installation, objects, photography and performative acts.
In 2015, he represented Lithuania in the 56th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Italy, with his project titled Museum, which is an associative extension of Lithuanian history, using different forms of political and artistic expression. His actual exhibition in the project space, Sodų 4, of the Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association in Vilnius, evolves an act of destruction of his earlier works and concepts to structure a new semantic and aesthetic for a manifesto called On passe à l'Orange. More information about the artist here.
EGLĖ BUDVYTYTĖ is an artist based in Vilnius and Amsterdam. She makes videos and performance situations to explore the relationships between body, architecture, environment and audience. By choreographing performers to enact gestures that can often seem contradictory to their surroundings, uncannily out of context and sometimes filled with a sense of emergency, she looks at the body’s ability to challenge conventions of conduct and the narratives of normativity implicit in public spaces.
Her work was shown, amongst others, at Liste art fair in Basel; Art Dubai commissions 2017; 19th Biennale of Sydney; De Appel Arts Centre, CAC in Vilnius and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Budvytytė was a resident at Le Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2012) and at Wiels, Contemporary Art Centre, (Brussels, 2013).More information about the artist here.
BART GROENENDAAL is a filmmaker based in Amsterdam whose work explores connections between matters of social anthropology and cinematic form, with an emphasis on language in relation to narrative techniques. He works with both documentary and fiction. He did a residency at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. His work has been shown, amongst others, at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Moderna Museet Malmö and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. More information about the artist here.
MINDAUGAS GAPŠEVIČIUS (*1974) earned his MA at the Vilnius Academy of Arts in 1999 and his MPhil at Goldsmiths University London in 2016. Since 2016, he has been continuing his research at the PhD level at Bauhaus University, Weimar, where he holds an Artistic Associate chair.
Mindaugas Gapševičius is among the initiators of the first virtual Lithuanian new media art platform, Institutio Media, founded in 1998, and the pan-European network for emerging artists, the Migrating Art Academies, founded in 2008. His artworks question the creativity of machines and do not presume humans to be the only creative force at work. More information about the artist here.
ŪLA TORNAU is an exhibition curator and researcher based in Vilnius. She graduated from Utrecht University, the Central European University in Budapest and Vilnius Academy of Arts. She has been working as an exhibition curator at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius since 2002 and was one of the founders of few independent artist initiatives, including an artist run project space, Malonioji 6, in Vilnius. In 2012, together with Asta Vaičiulytė, she launched an ongoing curatorial project, Ritual Room, which to date occurred in formats of a curated group residency, a publication and an exhibition.
She has worked on different projects focusing on historical and current urban change including a series of events and a collection of articles, Urban Change in Eastern and Central Europe: Social, Cultural and Architectural Transformations; the 10th Baltic Triennial of International Art, Urban Stories and an international lecture series on Anthropology of Space. In 2011, she was an assistant commissioner of the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art. Recently, Ūla Tornau defended her PhD thesis on spatial narratives of Vilnius.
ŽILVINAS LANDZBERGAS lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. Landzbergas studied sculpture at Vilnius Academy of Arts and completed De Ateliers’ postgraduate course in Amsterdam. Since 2003, Landzbergas has been exhibiting in Lithuania and internationally, including the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale and solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius and Modern Art Oxford, UK.
His work has been presented in several international group shows including About the Trees at the Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern (2016); City Without Walls: Vilnius at the Liverpool Biennial (2010); Lunar Distance at the Museum De Hallen, Haarlem (2009) and Urban Stories, X Baltic Triennial of International Art at the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2009). Žilvinas Landzbergas also teaches and curates, often inserting collaborative practices into his artworks. He also currently pursues practice-based PhD studies at Vilnius Academy of Arts. More information about the artist here.