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Baltic Triennial 13: Give Up the Ghost
Artistic director: Vincent Honoré
Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius 11 May–12 August, 2018
Tallinn Art Hall (Kunstihoone) 29 June–2 September, 2018
kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga 21 September - 18 November, 2018

The Baltic Triennial has historically taken place at the CAC Vilnius only. For its 13th edition, it - for the first time - is organised by and happens in Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, where the Triennial takes the form of three different chapters and includes different artists.

Baltic Triennial 13 is informed by a shared concern: what does it mean to belong at a time of fractured identities? BT13 – GIVE UP THE GHOST unfolds through and with this very question, careful not to offer a single or illustrative response. Instead, it opts for a collective vision of what is at stake: independence and dependency—and everything that lies in between—to territories, cultures, classes, histories, bodies and forms. The fluctuating notion of belonging, which can be understood to exist within the conceptual and formal framework of a relationship, allows us to think beyond identity as something fixed, self-contained and essentialised.

The exhibition in Vilnius, set within an ambitious architectural intervention designed by architect Diogo Passarinho, and which will considerably change the institution by opening it up and reconfiguring the entire space, tackles the concept of belonging by bringing together unstable territories and bodies. A large number of works have been commissioned especially for the exhibition: Anna Hulačová creates a monument in the form of a fountain; Dora Budor takes over the space surrounding the terrace and turns it into a futuristic desolate landscape inhabited by animatronic birds; Augustas Serapinas has worked with a local community to address the heritage of the nuclear industry; Sanya Kantarovsky premieres a group of new, unique works; Daiga Grantina has created a large group of sculptures; Melvin Edwards revisits one of their iconic barbed wire pieces from the 1970s; Laure Prouvost creates an immersive installation in the form of a landscape; Pakui Hardware produce new works addressing technology and human perception; Ieva Rojūtė installs two new murals; Michael E. Smith infiltrates the space with sculptures and videos; Caroline Achaintre produces large-scale new sculptures... These commissions are accompanied by loans, shown for the first time in Vilnius, of important works by: Darja Bajagić, Nina Beier, Huma Bhabha, Miriam Cahn, Jayne Cortez, Melvin Edwards, Pierre Huyghe, E’wao Kagoshima, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Katja Novitskova, Max Hooper Schneider, Anu Põder and Rachel Rose. Drawings, paintings, installations, videos, music, texts, performances form a polyphony addressing the multiple artistic strategies of our time.

Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania; Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia; Centre for Contemporary Art Estonia (CCAE), Tallinn, Estonia

Curatorial Team:
Dina Akhmadeeva, Canan Batur, Neringa Bumblienė, Cédric Fauq, Anya Harrison

Participating Artists:
Caroline Achaintre, Evgeny Antufiev, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Carlotta Bailly – Borg, Darja Bajagić, Olga Balema, Khairani Barokka, Nina Beier, Huma Bhabha, Hannah Black, Dora Budor, Harry Burke, Eglė Budvytytė, Ben Burgis & Ksenia Pedan, CAConrad, Miriam Chan, Jayne Cortez, Adam Chirstensen, Anaïs Duplan, Jesse Darling, Michael Dean, Melvin Edwards, Merike Estna, Gaia Fugazza, Penny Goring, Daiga Grantina, Caspar Heinemann, Max Hooper Schneider, Anna Hulačová, Pierre Huyghe, Derek Jarman, Sandra Jõgeva, Jamila Johnson – Small, Vytautas Jurevičius, E’wao Kagoshima, Sanya Kantarovsky, Agnese Krivade, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Žygimantas Kudirka, Tarek Lahkrissi, Lina Lapelytė, Kris Lemsalu, Klara Lidén, Elīna Lutce, Paul Maheke, Benoît Maire, marikiscrycrycry, Pierre Molinier, Maria Minerva, Moor Mother, Katja Novitskova, Precious Okoymon, Pakui Hardware, planningtorock, Anu Põder, Laure Prouvost, Ieva Rojūtė, Rachel Rose, Augustas Serapinas, Michael E. Smith, Ülo Sooster, Christopher Soto, Achraf Touloub, Mare Tralla, Ola Vasiljeva, Kārlis Vērdiņš, Young Boy Dancing Group, Young Girl Reading Group (Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė)

Diogo Passarinho

Tadas Karpavičius

Supported by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuanian Council for Culture, Institut Français,, Go Vilnius

Partners: Embassy of the Czech Republic in Vilnius, Institut Français in Lithuania, Lithuanian culture institute,

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