Photo reportage from the exhibition 'Politics of Space' at Atletika gallery

October 12, 2022
Author Echo Gone Wrong

The exhibition Politics of Space, presented as part of the symposium of the same title, is on at Atletika gallery (Vitebsko 21, Vilnius, cultural centre SODAS 2123) until 15 October, 2022. The symposium took place 29 September – 2 October 2022.

The cultural centre SODAS 2123 is inviting to join in for the celebration of the 700th anniversary of Vilnius city with events addressing some pertinent questions in relation to spatial policy and encouraging to work together for a dynamic, contemporary city, which would be open for discussions.

Spaces and buildings are projections of our rules, conventions, imaginations and dreams. Although architecture as a practice of spatial production is intertwined with political issues, in Lithuania we often leave this connection behind aesthetic or functional considerations, seemingly forgetting the political. In the international academic context however the architectural and political studies are gaining importance, while in practice there is also a shift towards the search for different methods of spatial agency.

The symposium Politics of Space brings together boundary crossing experiences of researchers and practitioners, architects and artists, and invites to explore together how political issues are intertwined with processes of spatial production at different levels: from smallest spatial units and our relationships in domestic environment, to agreements that shape regions and geopolitical territories.

The event seeks to deepen the understanding of architecture as a practice of the politics of space (raumpolitik) and its potential in changing social and economic structures in relation to questions such as gender equality, social inclusion, decolonisation, reduction of climate change and other.

The exhibition at Atletika gallery is presented as a continuation of the symopsium, showcasing the participants’ research and artworks, including unique work produced for the event. The exhibition runs until 15 October.

Opening date: 29 September 18:30 – 19:00 at Atletika gallery.
Exhibition times and dates: 30 September – 15 October, Wednesdays to Fridays 4-7 pm, Saturday 1-5 pm.
Event location: cultural centre SODAS 2123 (Vitebsko 23, Vilnius), Atletika gallery (Vitebsko 21, Vilnius).

Symposium programme –
The project is part of Vilnius 700th anniversary programme. Find out more at

Symposium curators – Martynas Germanavičius, Vilius Balčiūnas, Gabrielė Černiavskaja
Film programme curator – Mantė Valiūnaitė

Exhibition architect – Gabrielė Černiavskaja
Light designer – Justas Bø

Organised by cultural centre SODAS 2123

Project supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture, Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Vilnius city municipality ir Lithuanian Film Centre under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

Partners – Architektūros fondas, Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association, Vilnius Documentary Film Festival. Main information partner

Photography: Laurynas Skeisgiela

Yona Friedman, ‘Global communication’, Copyright: Balkis Productions, Yona Friedman and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, 2011.

Erik Vojevodin, ‘Circus kitchen’, Installation view at Atletika, Vilnius

Benas Gerdžiūnas, ‘The frontline against ISIS in Deir Ezzor province, Rojava’, Photography

Benas Gerdžiūnas, ‘Rojava: Between Revolution and War’, exhibition view

Benas Gerdžiūnas, ‘The communes of Kobane’, exhibition view

Benas Gerdžiūnas, ‘A funeral of Kurdish fighters killed during clashes with Turkey’

Christopher Roth and Arno Brandlhuber ‘The Property Drama’ film still

‘Politics of Space’, Exhibition installation view in Atletika, Vilnius

‘Politics of Space’, Exhibition installation view in Atletika, Vilnius

Vytautas Gečas ‘Table’ and Traumnovelle ‘Power’, Exhibition view in Atletika, Vilnius

Traumnovelle ‘Power’, Installation view

Povilas Vincentas Jankūnas ‘Microraion’, game installation view

Aušra Česnauskytė, Goda Verikaitė, ‘Neo-Futuristic Walks’, installation view

Aušra Česnauskytė, Goda Verikaitė, ‘Neo-Futuristic Walks’, installation view

Artūras Čertovas ‘Cova da Moura’ and Millonaliu (Klodiana Millona and Yuan Chun Liu) ‘Real State’ installation view

Artūras Čertovas ‘Cova da Moura’, installation view

Millonaliu (Klodiana Millona and Yuan Chun Liu) ‘Real State’, installation view

Millonaliu (Klodiana Millona and Yuan Chun Liu) ‘Real State’, installation view

‘Politics of Space’, Exhibition installation view in Atletika, Vilnius