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Exhibition ‘Bucolic Gang’ by Mónica Mays at the Vilnius St. Virgin Maria ‘s Church

On the 30th of September 2021 at 18:00 at Vilnius St. Virgin Maria ‘s Church (Savičiaus g. 15, Vilnius), Rupert is pleased to invite you to the opening of artist Mónica Mays’ exhibition “Bucolic Gang”. The exhibition is a part of Rupert’s Public Programme “Magic and Rituals” and will present Mays’s new works commissioned by Rupert.
The exhibition ‘Bucolic Gang’ will be introduced by an online lecture ‘Home’ by Rupert’s guest, philosopher Federico Campagna on 29th of September 2021 at 19:00.
More information about the lecture and discussion accompanying the exhibition: https://fb.me/e/OymcuiK8 [1]
Monday-Friday 14.00-18.00
Tuesday closed
Saturday 12.00-18.00
Sunday 13.00-16.00
In “Bucolic Gang” Mónica Mays borrows from the potentiality of the neobaroque, in which botanical depictions introduce warped perspectives and the blurring of clearly delineated borders, putting fixed identities into question towards the formulation of yet uncertain ones.
The sculptures presented in the exhibition are an assemblage of elements foraged around Vilnius – botanical imprints on animal skins, discarded domestic objects, and distorted crosses and baroque engravings from local churches. Their forms play on anamorphosis — an optical device employed to visualise warped images that may only be viewed correctly from a specific angle or reflection. These “broken” devices are also presented in the baroque church and a former Soviet storage building—where the exhibition takes place—with a room full of phantom frescos cut in half by a solid concrete floor.
Mónica Mays (ES/US/NL) lives and works between Amsterdam and Madrid. Her practice revisits craft and cultural memory to investigate forms of cosmological belonging. Materials with winding, ambulatory histories of global circulation and redistribution intermingle with fabulations, vernacular stories and scavenged objects of the home, creating families of works where praxis, lore and material agencies meet.
She draws on ornamentation in folk and domestic artefacts as forms of tacit and unintelligible speech which pass on the irregular and unspoken histories of their making. Notions of botanical decolonisation, prepatriarchal mythologies and the neobaroque are present in her sculptural and performative work through polyphonic compositions and magical realism.
Mónica studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of New Orleans (US), received her BFA cum laude from the HEAR / ESADS /FR) in 2015 and MA from the Sandberg Instituut (NL) in 2017. Previous and forthcoming exhibitions include Willet Holthuysen Museum, Punt WG, Dutch Design Week, De Fabriek Eindhoven, Frascati Theater, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, De Nieuwe Regentes Theater, Corridor PS, Amsterdam Open Tuinen Dag (NL); Extra City Kunsthal (BE); COMBO (IT); Industra Gallery (CZ); Chiffonier (FR); Matadero-Madrid, Centro Centro, Palacio Burtrón, and Reina Sofia Museum Library (ES). She has been tutoring at SNDO,the Academy of Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam and Rupert’s Alternative Education Program in Vilnius. In the past year she has been awarded Young Sculpture Talent Price C&L (ES), Bilbao Arte Foundation Grant (ES), and 3PD-Amsterdam Fonds voor den Kunst (NL).
Exhibition curator: Tautvydas Urbelis
Design: Nerijus Keblys ir Mantas Rimkus (TAKTIKA studio)
Exhibition architect: Artūras Čertovas
Exhibition coordinator: Gabrielė Marija Vasiliauskaitė
Special thanks: Violetta Pilecka, Paulius Lukaitis, Algirdas Ridikas, Vladimiras Šiškovas, Matas Duda, Alex Zamora, Ula Žiobakaitė and Tom K Kemp
All guests are required to have a Covid-19 National certificate. www.gpasas.lt [2]
Rupert’s activities are supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture. Partners: The Embassy of Spain in Lithuania, Bilbao Arte Foundation