Artist Paulina Pukyte will curate the Eleventh Kaunas Biennial, which will be held between September 15 and November 30, 2017. Titled “There and Not There,” the exhibition will explore the history of public art in Lithuania.
Artists will be encouraged to address the period shortly after Lithuania declared its independence from the Soviet Union in the 1990s. During this time, public monuments commenting on communism or the Soviet occupation of the country were destroyed and new sculptures were erected in their place. In a statement, the biennial said that it is inviting artists to “look at the removed, rethink the existing, and imagine future monuments.”
Pukyte is a London- and Vilnius-based artist and writer. She studied at the Vilnius Academy of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. From 2001 to 2003, and in 2006, she served as lecturer for the Vilnius Academy of Art Kaunas Art Institute. Pukyte writes for numerous publications and has authored a collection of essays titled Netikras zuikis (Fake Rabbit); two fiction novels, Jų papročiai (Their Habits) and Bedalis ir labdarys (A Loser and a Do-Gooder); and a play, Žuvies akys (Fish Eyes). In her artistic practice, Pukyte creates site-specific installations using moving images and found objects to twist familiar meanings, subvert stereotypes, and question accepted truths.