The Prelude for Baltic Triennial 13 unveils what often remains invisible: a range of intentions, engagements, research and emotions. The purpose is to make public what nurtured the Triennial: its poetry section (words, rhythms, thoughts / poetry, music, theory), crucial part of the project, if not its core. Baltic Triennial 13 considers poetry as a bastard language, escaping normative linguistic categories and refusing appropriation from the standard exchange system by instituting itself as a transient form, at once dramatically individualist and profoundly collective.
The Prelude for Baltic Triennial 13 highlights its political stance while acting as a poetic gesture: we will address class, gender, race, disabled bodies, feminism, decolonisation of desire, and territories, eager to transcend the fixed notion of identity to embrace the moving concept of belonging. Where do we belong? How do we belong? Key postulates will guide us: bastard objects and formless subjectivities, anti-categorisation and fluidity.
By doing so, we start by using the museum (and its economy) to offer up an alternative to the use of words by those who hold the monopolistic power to speak and colonise our horizons with their permanent logorrhea. We give a space to those who are still often silenced. By doing so, we position language (written and spoken) and knowledge engagement as the starting point of the Triennial: the Prelude will be an open and free platform where readings, talks, symposia, discussions, debates will take place in an installation especially designed by Young Girl Reading Group. The Prelude will not arrive at a conclusion: the research will continue up to and beyond the opening of the Triennial in May 2018.
Artists in the exhibition: Harry Burke, Anaïs Duplan, Penny Goring, Tarek Lakhrissi, Maria Minerva, Moor Mother, NON Worldwide, Precious Okoyomon, Planningtorock, Jackie Wang, Liv Wynter, Young Girl Reading Group
Opening night performances by: Khairani Barokka, CAConrad, Caspar Heinemann, Sandra Jõgeva, Vytautas Jurevičius, Agnese Krivade, Tarek Lakhrissi, Young Girl Reading Group
For the first time in its history, the Baltic Triennial will take place in the three Baltic countries: Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, from May to November 2018. The three exhibitions will be different, the three exhibitions and adjunct projects like the Prelude, the catalogue or the website all form the Triennial. The Baltic Triennial 13 is titled GIVE UP THE GHOST. It is curated by Vincent Honoré, assisted by Neringa Bumblienė and Cédric Fauq.
The Prelude is supported by:
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
2017 09 14 – 2017 10 18
Photography: Andrej Vasilenko