Archiving the Soviet: A Document in Contemporary Lithuanian Art. A lecture by Natalija Arlauskaite


From 16 March 2019




Garage Auditorium


Philologist, film historian, and professor at Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Natalija Arlauskaite, will speak about the role of Soviet photography in contemporary Lithuanian art.

Many contemporary Lithuanian artists use photo documents in their practice, especially photographs from the Soviet period. Fascination with this imagery and interest in its interpretation operate as a means of both reflecting on Soviet legacy and constructing a distance between that era and contemporaneity. The analysis of these types of contemplation about the Soviet will form the core of the lecture which is based around the works currently on show at the exhibition at Triumph Gallery—featuring over a dozen contemporary Lithuanian artists, including Indre Serpytyte, Deimantas Narkevicius, Emilija Skarnulyte, as well as documentary film directors actively using photography as a medium, such as Giedre Beinoriute, Jurate and Vilma Samulionyte, and Giedre Zickyte.

The talk is part of the program for the show EXTENSION.LT: Parallel Narratives, which will take place from February 21 to March 13, 2019, at Triumph Gallery and feature works by more than ten contemporary artists from Lithuania.

This event has been realized with the support of The Lithuanian Institute of Culture and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the Russian Federation.



Natalija Arlauskaite is literary, film, and visual studies scholar, professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University. She is an author of the books Analysis of Hermetic Text (2005), Key Concepts of Feminist Film Theory (2010), and Native and Foreign Canons: Film Adaptations between Narrative Theory and Cultural Studies (2014). She is an editor-in-chief of the book series Writings on Film released by the Mintis publishing house, and translator of Sergei Eisenstein’s works into Lithuanian. Her current book in progress is on contemporary East European art and film projects dealing with WWII and socialist era image archive


Free admission with advance registration.