February 8 to March 30, 2019
20 July, 2015
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present 20 July, 2015, a solo exhibition by Lithuania’s foremost contemporary artist, Deimantas Narkevičius. Curated by Scott McLeod, the exhibition features a stereoscopic (3-D) video installation that focuses on the recent removal of Social Realist sculptures from the renowned Green Bridge in Vilnius. This project represents the gallery’s first foray into 3-D technology and the artist’s first solo exhibition in Canada.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019, from 7 to 10 PM at Prefix, located at 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124, Toronto. The artist and curator will be present. The exhibition, which opens to the public on Friday, February 8, 2019, at 12 PM, continues until Saturday, March 30, 2019. The gallery is open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday, 12 to 5 PM, and by appointment. Admission is free.
On July 20, 2015, several Socialist Realist sculptures were removed from the Green Bridge in central Vilnius during the course of one day. Originally installed in 1952, the eight figures had served as a well-known landmark, having remained in place for more than two decades following the regaining of Lithuanian independence in 1990. In his video installation, Deimantas Narkevičius reflects upon the necessity for the removal of the statues so long after the political ideology that they exemplified had been repealed. Having documented this action through the use of stereoscopic lenses, the artist takes viewers through the preparations for and ultimate removal of these monuments. In so doing, he portrays a contemporary society confronted with the painful processes of memory and history.
Prior to the opening of the exhibition, the artist will present a talk and screening as part of the Urban Field Speaker Series. Moderated by Vid Ingelevics, this event will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 7:00 PM at Prefix. Admission is free for passholders to the Urban Field Speakers Series. Single tickets are available for $14, or $9 for students, seniors and Prefix Photo subscribers.
Passes to the Urban Field Speakers Series are available in advance or at the door. Please note that single tickets are not available for advance purchase and are only sold at the door. Single-ticket sales begin thirty minutes in advance of the event. For pass purchases, please visit Eventbrite or contact the public programmes manager at 416-591-0357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the artist
Deimantas Narkevičius is a visual artist who was born in 1964 in Utena, Lithuania. Originally trained as a sculptor, he began working with film in the early 1990s. His work examines the relationship of personal memories to political histories, particularly those of his native Lithuania. His recent solo exhibitions include the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, UK), Temporary Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Art (Cologne), Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU) (Zagreb), National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC) (Bucharest), BFI Southbank Gallery, British Film Institute (London) and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid), among others. In 2001, he represented Lithuania at the 49th Venice Biennale. In 2008, he received the Vincent Award (Vincent van Gogh Biennial Award for Contemporary Art in Europe) and the Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prize. Represented by Maureen Paley (London) and GB Agency (Paris), he lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania.
About the curator
Scott McLeod is a writer, curator and arts administrator. The founding director of Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, he focuses on contemporary practices, with a specialization in photographic, media and digital art. His upcoming projects for Prefix include Suspended Time by Taysir Batniji, a primary exhibition of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.
For their support of the exhibition 20 July, 2015, Prefix gratefully acknowledges its project sponsor Epson Canada and its project supporter the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Canada. For their support of the Urban Field Speakers Series, Prefix gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council. Prefix also gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto.
Photo: Deimantas Narkevičius, video still from 20 July 2015 (2016). Stereoscopic video installation. Courtesy the artist.
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