Deimantas Narkevičius

Galerie Barbara Weiss

In his first film, Europa 54°54'–25°19', 1997, Deimantas Narkevičius sets out for the center of Europe—which, after a reestimation of the borders of the continent by geographers at the Parisian Institut Géographique National in 1989, is located at a spot in a village called Purnuškės, north of Vilnius (“One Friday morning I got the urge to go and see the center of Europe”). The artist can be heard off-screen explaining that he had previously disregarded the existence of this supposedly highly significant location in Lithuania, dismissing it as just another instance of the sort of ethnocentric ideology typical of new countries, but that he now considers this geographical datum the central point of reference governing all his travels regardless of direction. For eight minutes, the camera, shooting out the window of a moving car, captures the bustling streets and traffic in Narkevičius’s

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