‘Circus of Grace’ at Antanas Mončys house-museum, Palanga

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Sustaining the link to the ideological task of traditional circus – representing the world – the exhibition extends the logic of the existence of circus exclusively through the qualities and relationships characteristic of its base – the life and labor of workers: manufacturing of works of art, social wares and remakes, erasure or exploitation of identity, measuring and weighing of meaning, moving of geography, freedom of gender and works that don‘t survive or don‘t endure, and other states.

“A Dictionary for a Circus Worker with an Accidental Education from Spain” presented in the exhibition is a performative representation of a migrant worker’s body, indicating the struggle of a series of transgressive relations to machines, tools and environments, as well as survival within a relationship with language. Two months before the exhibition the dictionary was sent out to its potential participants as both an invitation and a tool for opening it.

A curator: Auridas Gajauskas

Participants: Gediminas G. Akstinas (LT), Justina Barzdaitė (LT), Besė+1, Ross Birell (GB), Peter Burr (US), Jokūbas Čižikas (LT), Peter Fend (US), Auridas Gajauskas (LT), Žygimantas Kudirka (LT), Juozas Laivys (LT), Paulina Mongirdaitė (LT), Gerda Paliušytė (LT), Kairė ranka (LT), Kasparas Pocius (LT), Kazimieras Sližys (LT), Jonas Vaitiekūnas (LT), Darius Žiūra (LT).

“Circus of Grace”
30 June – 27 July 2018
Antanas Mončys house-museum, Palanga

1.A view of the exhibition. Gediminas G. Akstinas “Companions” (2017)

1. A view of the exhibition. Gediminas G. Akstinas “Companions” (2017)

2.Justina Barzdaitė “Rewrites of Spacetime. The Light, to Renew” (2018)

2. Justina Barzdaitė “Rewrites of Spacetime. The Light, to Renew” (2018)

Darius Žiūra „DMT (SWIM)“ (2014 )

Darius Žiūra „DMT (SWIM)“ (2014 )

Visitors, exhibition view.

Visitors, exhibition view.

Gediminas G. Akstinas “Companions” (2017),  “Things lost in the Amber Museum of Palanga” (2018) and Paulina Mongirdaitė „Park in front of a Church in Palanga“ (1890)

Gediminas G. Akstinas “Companions” (2017), “Things lost in the Amber Museum of Palanga” (2018) and Paulina Mongirdaitė „Park in front of a Church in Palanga“ (1890)

7.Gediminas G. Akstinas “Things lost in the Amber Museum of Palanga” (2018)

7. Gediminas G. Akstinas “Things lost in the Amber Museum of Palanga” (2018)

8.Juozas Laivys “Poetry Collection 2,2 kg. 1991 -1993 (2018)”, “Drwings 1991 - 1993” (2018)

Juozas Laivys “Poetry Collection 2,2 kg. 1991 -1993 (2018)”, “Drwings 1991 – 1993” (2018)

Gerda Paliušytė “For Cecil” (2018)

Gerda Paliušytė “For Cecil” (2018)

Paulina Mongirdaitė „Park in front of a Church in Palanga“ (1890)

Paulina Mongirdaitė „Park in front of a Church in Palanga“ (1890)

Grading books from middle school by  Juozas Laivys and “An artwork for Juozas Laivys’s exhibition “Viewing No 1. With the Same Grammatical Error”, which took place on 28 March - 23 April in Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis Art School in Rietavas” by Auridas Gajauskas

Grading books from middle school by Juozas Laivys and “An artwork for Juozas Laivys’s exhibition “Viewing No 1. With the Same Grammatical Error”, which took place on 28 March – 23 April in Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis Art School in Rietavas” by Auridas Gajauskas

Peter Fend “Russia in its Sea Parts” (2016) Works courtesy of Harold Rivkin

Peter Fend “Russia in its Sea Parts” (2016) Works courtesy of Harold Rivkin

Žygimantas Kudirka  “State of Grace” (2018) and Jonas Vaitiekūnas “Gender-possessing Bed” (2018), a bed for the presentation of Žygimantas Kudirka’s app. Permission lie down.

Žygimantas Kudirka “State of Grace” (2018) and Jonas Vaitiekūnas “Gender-possessing Bed” (2018), a bed for the presentation of Žygimantas Kudirka’s app. Permission lie down.

Jokūbas Čižikas “Flute” (2018)

Jokūbas Čižikas “Flute” (2018)

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

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Ross Birrell “Envoy: Ashes of Martin Heidegger’s Black Notebooks cast upon the Baltic Sea” (2018) and fragment of Kazimieras Sližys “Ruler No 6” (2017)

Ross Birrell “Envoy: Ashes of Martin Heidegger’s Black Notebooks cast upon the Baltic Sea” (2018) and fragment of Kazimieras Sližys “Ruler No 6” (2017)

Jonas Vaitiekūnas “Gender-possessing Bed” (2018), Paulina Mongirdaitė “Park in front of a Church in Palanga“ (1890) and Peter Fend “Russia in its Sea Parts” (2016)

Jonas Vaitiekūnas “Gender-possessing Bed” (2018), Paulina Mongirdaitė “Park in front of a Church in Palanga“ (1890) and Peter Fend “Russia in its Sea Parts” (2016)

Kazimieras Sližys “Ruler No 3” (2017) and “Antanas Mončys’s House. Gif” (2018)

Kazimieras Sližys “Ruler No 3” (2017) and “Antanas Mončys’s House. Gif” (2018)

Juozas Laivys “A drawing which is  the title of the artwork Juozas Laivys The badg with ?” (2018)

Juozas Laivys “A drawing which is the title of the artwork Juozas Laivys The badg with ?” (2018)

“A Dictionary for a Circus Worker with an Accidental Education from Spain” A book as a tool to open the exhibition. (Editor Auridas Gajauskas, texts by Besė+1, Auridas Gajauskas, Kasparas Pocius, design by Gailė Pranckūnaitė, photography by Auridas Gajauskas and Juozas Laivys, translated by Monika Kalinauskaitė, copyediting Monika Kalinauskaitė and Tomas Čiučelis.)

“A Dictionary for a Circus Worker with an Accidental Education from Spain” A book as a tool to open the exhibition. (Editor Auridas Gajauskas, texts by Besė+1, Auridas Gajauskas, Kasparas Pocius, design by Gailė Pranckūnaitė, photography by Auridas Gajauskas and Juozas Laivys, translated by Monika Kalinauskaitė, copyediting Monika Kalinauskaitė and Tomas Čiučelis.)

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August 9, 2018
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