Remains of Innocence

Remains of Innocence
Library Shelf Location 17.REMA
Publication Date 2004
Description This exhibition provides a selection of recent film and video works by emerging contemporary artists from Lithuania and is presented as part of a programme of events celebrating European enlargement. Using both documentary and fiction, the works explore the routines, preoccupations and habits of Lithuania's younger generation - those most profoundly affected and influenced by the country’s independence, gained in 1990. The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe left a lot of empty plinths as the regime’s figureheads were toppled from power. Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania and a few kilometres south of the official centre of Europe, was at the heart of one of the most violent transitions from Communist rule in 1991. So it was appropriate that its young generation should want to replace the busts of Lenin and Marx with someone whose views were more commensurate with their own. Somewhat bewilderingly, a bust of the singer Frank Zappa was commissioned from a sculptor previously known for his busts of Lenin and installed on top of a steel column in the centre of the city. Lithuanian empathy with western musical margins had precedent in The Grateful Dead sponsoring the country’s basketball team in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. On beating the Russians to win a bronze medal, the team wore t-shirts given to them by the band.
ISBN 1900029146
Quantity 1
Pages 15
Editors Hannah Firth, Kristina Inciuraite
Authors Anthony Packer, Raimundas Malasauskas, Hannah Firth, Bruce Haines
Formats Catalogue, Paperback
Publisher Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
Related Artists Arunas Gudaitis, Laura Stasiulyte, G-Lab, Gintaras Makarevicius, Alma Skersyte, Kristina Inciuraite
Category Film and Artists' Moving Image
Related Country/Global Region Lithuania
Related Gallery Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
Language English

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