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The Freedom Monument in Kaunas, 1989. Photo: Romualdas Požerskis

Eleventh Kaunas Biennial Announces List of Participating Artists

The Eleventh Kaunas Biennial, “There and Not There,” scheduled to open on September 15, has announced its list of participating artists. Curator Paulina Pukytė has invited artists from Lithuania, Germany, Slovenia, Great Britain, Japan, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Poland to make site-specific installations that grapple with the history of public art in Lithuania.

The participating artists include Adina, Manca Bajec, Sophie Calle, Karolina Freino, Allard van Hoorn, Jenny Kagan, Horst Hoheisel and Andreas Knitz, Jonas Oškinis and Raimundas Krukonis, Juozas Laivys, Dainius Liškevičius, Anton Lukoszevieze, Philip Miller, Tatzu Nishi, Paulina Pukytė, and Juozas Zikaras. Highlights of the biennial include a special project by Conceptual artist Sophie Calle and several talks on monuments and commemoration, featuring speakers James E. Young, Jochen Gerz, and Horst Hoheisel, among others.

Two supporting exhibitions, “Coming or Going” and “What Are Monuments Made of,” will be held at the Kaunas Picture gallery. Laima Kreivytė, curator of “Coming or Going,” will showcase artists whose works engage with both existing and former monuments in Lithuania over the past two decades. Udi Edelman, curator of “What Are Monuments Made of,” will present a collection of videos by international artists including Yochai Avrahami, Mark Clare, Karolina Freino, Christian Jankowski, Kamila Szejnoch, and Artur Żmijewski.

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