Roots to Routes
Les Parallèles du sud – Manifesta 13 Marseille
29 August, 12 September, 26 September 2020
Unité d’Habitation Le Corbusier
Kolektiv (3rd floor) and Ciné-club
280 Boulevard Michelet, 13008 Marseille
Curated by Merilin Talumaa, Maija Rudovska, Justė Kostikovaitė
Artists: Kristina Norman, Ingel Vaikla, Emilija Škarnulytė, Anastasia Sosunova, Eglė Budvytytė, Ieva Epnere, Katrīna Neiburga
The screening programme Double Exposure* introduces films and video works by contemporary artists from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The focus of the selected works is on Soviet heritage, particularly urban environment, architecture, and monuments in the Baltic states and their neighbouring countries. In the presented films and videos, which date back to a past decade, once grandiose Soviet modernism becomes a strangely alienated and neglected background – a controversial environment of colliding memories and narratives.
Being confronted by haunted ruins of the past and facing a drastically altered environment of the post-Soviet-society, the authors of the selected works are profoundly triggered by conflicts of identity and belonging in their immediate surroundings. Notably, the presented films and videos demonstrate how even most intimate personal stories become deeply rooted in our collective memory.
*Ingel Vaikla, Double Exposure, 13:36 min, 2019.
Films and videos:
Kristina Norman, Bring Back My Fire Gods, 2018
Ingel Vaikla, Double Exposure, 2019
Emilija Škarnulytė, Aldona, 2013
Anastasia Sosunova, Demikhov Dog, 2017
Eglė Budvytytė, Vocabulary Lesson, 2009 (Collaboration with Ieva Misevičiūtė & Goda Budvytytė)
Ieva Epnere, Potom, 2016 & Sea of Living Memories, 2 selected pieces, 2016
Katrīna Neiburga, The Press House, three channel video, 2012
August 28, 6 pm – followed by a talk with Emilija Škarnulytė, led by Maxime Forest
September 26, 6 pm – followed by a talk with Ingel Vaikla, led by Maxime Forest
Hosts & Moderator: Kolektiv Cité Radieuse is a group of curators, researchers and designers located at Le Corbusier Housing Unit in Marseille since 2016. Devoted to interpreting 20th century architecture movements from design, visual arts and social sciences, they regularly organize and/or host exhibitions and events focusing on post-socialist Europe. Talks following the screenings will be led by Maxime Forest, co-founder of Kolektiv and Senior researcher and lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, where he teaches about gender, avant-gardes as well as Central and Eastern Europe. Following each screening, drinks will be offered in Kolektiv newly opened space on the 3rd floor of the Housing unit.
Supporters: Baltic Culture Fund, Lithuanian Culture Institute, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Culture Abroad, Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation, Estonian Embassy in Paris, Manifesta 13 Marseille. The European Nomadic Biennial.
Vestfold Kunstsenter is supported by Art Council Norway (Norsk Kulturfond) and Vestfold and Telemark County.