Lina Albrikiene works just you wait, hare ! performance homework circle Neither Mouse Neither Human Convey Sight H – 2A. Tanegashima. 17 Mar 2017 The Promised Land Working for Art. The Art of Working Homage a Jascha Heifetz From Lazdynai to Paneriai Still-life Study of Leg Vilnius from the Archives of My Childhood. Lazdynai Lost Memories Vilnius from the Archives of My Childhood. My Grandmother's Seat Memory Box Vilnius from the Archives of My Childhood. Movement
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video on vimeo The Slope of Wild Strawberries. Paneriai Memorial
video on vimeo Zuikiu Bus Stop. Paneriai
In this four-part installation From Lazdynai to Paneriai, Lina Albrikiene highlights places in Vilnius that have a strong historical and biographical significance. Personal and collective traumata are interwoven with the Shoah as well as Soviet history. Seen from behind and dressed in blue, Lina Albrikiene integrates herself into these places, similar to the imagery of the ‘autistic disintegration’ of the character Julie in Krzysztow Kieslowksi’s film Blue, described by philosopher Slavoj Žižek. In the video Zuikių Bus Stop. Paneriai she looks from the safe distance of a swing at the forest of Paneriai in Vilnius, where her father accidentally died in a fire on the evening before Christmas Eve in 1983. Elsewhere, Albrikiene portrayed a decorated tree, turning it into a personal site of memory (The Tree for my Father. 1983–2014. Paneriai). According to Žižek, a traumatic clash with the real dissolves most symbolic connections and exposes the person to a radical freedom. The subsequent openness to ‘contingent encounters’ is reflected in the video The Slope of Wild Strawberries. Paneriai Memorial where she directs her motionless body towards the Holocaust memorial, with only the stirring of the strawberry fields in the wind and the sounds of the birds to indicate that it’s a moving image. Paneriai Forest is the site of the Paneriai Massacre, in which during the German occupation between 1941 and 1944 up to 100,000 people, mostly Jews, were killed. In the photograph Žėručio Street. Lazdynai she again explores the ‘abstract freedom’ of a life in the total present, being surrounded by disturbing coincidences: Albrikiene sits on a stone, watching a familiar sports ground in the district Lazdynai, close to a massive wall built with demolished Jewish tombstones during the Soviet era. Anna Sabrina Schmid