Danius Kesminas. Tunnel to Kaliningrad

Artist talk

16.07.2015, 19:00 Thursday

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Free admission


Included in: [Lecture project Art Wednesdays]

Place: Art platform Vorota (Sackheim Gate)

An artist talk of Australian artist of Lithuanian descent Danius Kesminas, organized by Baltic Branch of NCCA with support of Nida Art Colony and art space “Vorota”. Kesminas who works with different mediums, is known by interdisciplinary projects, linking together pop music, video, installation, performance and even opera. During his talk Kesminas will tell about his projects, including the recent installation “Tunnel to Kaliningrad”, built in the Nida forest in 2013. According to artist, it is supposed to construct the same installations in Kaliningrad and in Australia.

Admission is free.

Organizer: Baltic Branch of NCCA with support of Nida Art Colony and art space “Vorota”
Curator: Yulia Bardoun
Location: art space “Vorota”, 61 Litovsky val
Date and time: 16th July 2015, Thursday, 19:00
Links: Danius Kesminas
Contacts: Andrey Efits, +7 (921) 263-56-00, +7 (4012) 604-329, andreyefits@gmail.com

Danius Kesminas (born 1966 in Melbourne, Australia). Graduated with Masters in Fine Art from RMIT University, Melbourne, in 1997 and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Kesminas’ dynamic art practice is conceptual, project-based, multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural, inter-medial and highly collaborative. Of central concern to Kesminas is the consideration of trans-nationality as an intellectual framework to rethink the concepts of globalisation, and regional and cultural specificity.

Kesminas has been a major force behind the collaborative art-music projects PUNKASILA, Slave Pianos, the concept-art-(heritage)-rock cover band The Histrionics, the all-girl Chinese noise-band The Happy Endings, his collaboration POL POP with a former Khmer Rouge child-propaganda singer that fuses hip-hop with the despotic rantings of Pol Pot, and the skudučiai-based installation Vodka Sans Frontières he developed in response to the discovery of clandestine underground vodka pipelines built in Lithuania after they joined the EU.

Since 1991 Kesminas has exhibited and performed in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Cambodia, China, Cuba (in the 10th Havana Biennial), the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Lithuania, Luxemmborg, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Russia, the UK, the USA, Vietnam and across Australia, including in the 17th Biennale of Sydney.

Kesminas' work is held in numerous public and private collections, including major museums such as the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Galler of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; and the Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand.

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