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The VIII Biennial of Lithuanian Textile Art “(RE)CREATE“

Date: 23 November 2018 00:00 - 17 January 2019 00:00


V. K. Jonynas Gallery, Turistų St. 9, Druskininkai


Lithuanian textile artists are commemorating the centenary of restored statehood by participating in the VIII Biennial of Lithuanian Textile Art (Re)Create. This important Lithuanian date has inspired them to contemplate the fact of the statehood restoration and has encouraged them to search for a new interpretation of the historical, symbolic or semantic aspects of (re)creation. In the history of Lithuania, the last hundred years till the restoration of independence had a critical influence on the destiny of the state, on the desire for freedom felt by its citizens and formed a specific concept of the nation.

Indra Marcinkevičienė Madonna

History reading is a highly subjective thing and, therefore, nearly fifty participants of this exhibition offer a variety of approaches towards the centenary of the statehood restoration looking at it from their own perspectives, sometimes embracing modern interpretations and disputing the stereotypes. A restoration process is literally typical of textiles because warp and weft are not time-proof, they easily fade, tear and disintegrate; however, fibres also allow us to stop the disintegration process through darning and restoration of the damaged fabric, which can be metaphorically seen as history, i.e. the fabric of time. Disintegration and restoration are integral to the concept of both traditional and innovative textiles.

The works of textile artists reveal creative stratagems born from their personal expression needs (reproduce / visualise / remake), i.e. the journeys from the identification of a specific symbol, phenomenon or event to its interpretation and remaking (appropriation). Some artists choose to emphasise historical and cultural particularities, others use ethnic traditions as a basis, while the rest think of the state as of the entirety of signs and symbols that represent the exclusivity of the nation. Metaphorical thinking prevails among the works: the statehood is identified with one`s home, family, or recognisable textile patterns. Some of the artists explore the semantic linguistic code of creation and re-creation.

Lina Jonikė The game

Various artworks displayed at the biennial demonstrate both a traditional and a controversial approach towards the (re)creation process as well as different techniques: computerised weaving and innovative technologies are becoming increasingly popular in addition to hand weaving and other traditional methods. The works represent different generations of artists. Next to well-known names firmly established in the artistic circles and distinguished by easily recognisable style and expression methods, the exhibition also displays many pieces created by young textile artists that often reflect their youthful ambition. The selection of works confirms that modern textile art is highly versatile and that, despite differences in experience or creative careers, all artists raise the same universal existential questions and delve into their personal relationship with the history of their country. The past is always extremely important in forming the sense of identity of nations and communities. Without history, we could not assess the present. It facilitates the understanding of lifestyle and customs, determines present cultural and social relationships and allows predicting their future developments.


Curator: prof. Žydrė Ridulytė.

Organizers: prof. Eglė Ganda Bogdanienė, dr. Lijana Šatavičiūtė, Dovilė Tomkutė.

Exhibition works: 23 11 2018–17 01 2019