28.2. – 25.3. 2018
Viltė Bražiūnaitė & Tomas Sinkevičius / PAINT JOB
The first exhibition of this year is introducing a young Lithuanian artist duo, Tomas Sinkevičius and Viltė Bražiunaitė (both born 1991). Both artists have graduated from Photography and Media Art department at Vilnius Academy of Art. Today they are based between Stockholm and Vienna. Tomas holds a MFA degree from Konstfack, Stockholm, while Viltė continues her Fine Art studies at Vienna Art Academy.
Viltė Bražiūnaitė’s and Tomas Sinkevičius’ art practice looks at how late capitalism and automation have created a new mode of subjectivity – a form of life whose conditions are not determined by its own physical needs, but established by demands of global capital.
In the exhibition ”Paint Job” at Klubovna gallery, the duo creates an undefined industrial environment that confronts the representation of organic bodies: their traces, their loss, their needs. In “Paint Job”, movements of blue-collar workers and farmed salmon are prompted by the rhythms of production and exploitation.The installation appropriates shapes and high-energy colours that have been manipulated by contemporary consumer culture in order to facilitate faster customer turnover and product desirability.
The video of the floating 3D necklace explores the relationship that material and object have to social class and the body that wears it, while the colors of the aluminium sculptures, selected from the standardised color set “SalmoFan”, address the artificial colouring used in aquaculture to imitate the colour that biodiversity would normally provide in the wild. It becomes increasingly difficult to judge if we are triggered solely by a product’s engineered shape and colour, or if what we are experiencing is the result of our bodies and their natural and cultural histories.
Curator: Tereza Záchová
Photos by Viltė Bražiūnaitė & Tomas Sinkevičius
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Project was supported by Ministery of Culture Czech Republic, The City of Brno and Lithuanian Council for Culture.