Pompeii was discovered and with it was the museum, the circus, the antiquarian shop, the souvenir, and tourism, and so with them, the closet, the private box, the secret cabinet, the dark room, and the peephole. Young-girl lives on the edges of this Secret Museum, a series of architectural gestures, of topo-political techniques for regulating vision, pleasure and power.
Architecture is archival. Sexuality is a secret archive. The archive is a sexual architecture [after Paul B. Preciado].
Dorota Gawęda (PL) and Eglė Kulbokaitė (LT) are an artist duo founded in 2013, living in Basel and Athens. In their work they address feminist inspired theory and fiction, technology–driven emancipation and discursiveness of space. They are the founders of “YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP” (2013–) and “Agatha Valkyrie Ice” (2014–). With “YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP” Gawęda and Kulbokaitė investigate the act of reading as an intimate experience, holding the potentiality to become public performance through the “outlouding” of words. “Agatha Valkyrie Ice” is a multi–platform, participatory, self–performance project and enquiry that functions as an artistic strategy to explore parallels in identity and artistic production. Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė have recently exhibited their work at 13th Baltic Triennial at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius; Kunsthalle Basel; Institute of Contemporary Art in London; Art Athina; SMK– National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen; 1.1, Basel; Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; SALTS, Basel; LISTE Performance Project; Berlin Biennale 9; CCS Bard, NY; Kunsthalle Zurich; Le Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris among others.
Opening: 8 November 2017, 6 pm at project space “Sodų 4” (Sodų 4, Vilnius)
Exhibition open 9–24 November 2017
Wednesdays to Fridays 3–7 pm or by appointment, tel. +37062689230
Installation/performance: 10 November 2017, 7 pm at “Editorial” project space (Latako 3, Vilnius)
Performing: Antanas Lučiūnas, Kristina Aglaja Skaldina, Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė
Reading: “Gender, Sexuality, and the Biopolitics of Architecture: From the Secret Museum to Playboy” by Paul B. Preciado.
The event is organised by Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association and “Editorial” project space, with kind support of Lithuanian Council for Culture and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, bar “Dėvėti”, and with special thanks to Saari Residency, Kone Foundation, Rupert and BCC: Season for Learning.