As every year, LIAA in cooperation with VAA invites to the opening of a graduate degree show “#FAMM.BA.2022 / I know you’re already longing” on 2022 May 24 7 p.m. at “Atletika” gallery, at the cultural centre  SODAS 2123, Vitebsko str. 21, Vilnius.


Marija Nemčenko “Blessed are those that move”

At the Marcinkonys train station gallery artist Marija Nemčenko is presenting “Blessed are those
that move” – an exhibition looking into multifold meanings of moving and migrating. Taking
Marcinkonys train station as a starting point, the stories of traveling disperse their own unique
ways. Is it white storks’ roosting stop during their long migratory journey, is it seasonal market
stall holders’ migration from the villages to the city, is it people’s hopes to find a safer stay
behind the border… In the exhibition “Blessed are those that move“ a strongly politized term
migration acquires multiplicity of forms, paradoxically temporarily rooted in the stop or a station.

Amidst the new works, Marija Nemčenko will show her artist moving image work “LAK” (2021),
which focuses on white storks (Ciconia Ciconia) and their migration routes. While making the
film, Nemčenko traveled around Lithuania by bicycle, interviewed ornithologists, talked to people
in the villages and towns, workers in the fields, elderly residents of individual farms, a closed
religious community near the Belarusian border and different other people including the local
people in and around Marcinkonys. The Film includes dialogues, reflections, knowledge, facts
and fiction that touch upon the topics of storks, birds, migration, homeland, movement,
biodiversity and interdependence, transforming artistic work into a space for the exchange of
ideas and cultural knowledge. The musical track for the documentary was created by composer
Andrius Arutiunian. “LAK” was created with a kind support by Kaunas Artist House and
Lithuanian Cultural Ministry.

During the exhibition making process Marija Nemčenko consulted and collaborated with local
inhabitants, who kindly shared their stories about the importance of the station to the
development of Marcinkonys. Based on the exhibition’s theme and Marija’s explanation of it, a
local artist Kastytis Skromanas has created an artwork that will be exhibited in the gallery too.

Marija Nemčenko’s practice is connected with exploring “Eastern Europeanness” and a
fragmented understanding of this geopolitically rapidly changing region and its historical, social,
political, and environmental connections with the rest of the world. Reflections on migration and
identity politics are often revealed in this eclecticism of Marija’s Eastern European futurism. In
her works, the artist makes connections, tries to transfer and acquire knowledge from outside
the traditional knowledge transfer frame. Learning from birds, plants and gossip in the market, in
her practice it creates a kind of fictional world that can sometimes reveal more about our
everyday reality than a direct look at it.

Marija holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture from the University of the Arts in London in 2013
and a Master of Arts in Visual Arts from the Glasgow School of Art in 2016. She is a co-founder
of BRUT Collective. Her and BRUT Collective’s works can be found at and

Exhibition opening 2022 05 21, 15 pm.

Organiser: VšĮ Verpėjos

Partner: UAB Merkinės fabrikas

Supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture, EEA grants.

The exhibition will run until June 19, 2022 at Marcinkonys Station gallery (Kastinio g. 1C,
Marcinkonys, Varėnos sav.).

Marcinkonys Station gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon–5 pm.



Atletika gallery is inviting to apply to an exhibition oriented residency in Vilnius at cultural centre SODAS 2123

Atletika gallery is inviting artists from Nordic and Baltic countries to an exhibition oriented residency in Vilnius at cultural centre SODAS 2123. The residency is foreseen to take place in September – October 2022 with an exhibition opening at the start of the second month of the residency at the Atletika gallery.


In cultural centre sodas 2123, Alt lab space hosts an event “networks of nature”

How can we describe culture that represents humans – as an opposition to nature, or perhaps as an integral part of it? How does our conception of the world affect the sustainable development of a society? You are invited to explore and discuss the relationship between nature and culture during a creative practice together with the visual artist Liucija Dervinyte.


Closing event of international gathering of independent spaces Vilnius Meeting 2022: Schools & Gardens: Performative interludes evening at project space Swallow and SODAS 2123

On 29 April, 6pm to midnight, in various locations at SODAS 2123 (Vitebsko st. 21-23, Vilnius) a performative interludes evening will take place, with participants Tata Frenkel, Saulė Noreikaitė, Techniseptic (Jokūbas Čižikas), Gana2 (Antanas Dombrovskij), and others. The program is curated by project space Swallow.

This is a closing event of Vilnius Meeting 2022: Schools & Gardens, an international gathering of independent spaces and initiatives at SODAS 2123 (April 27-29th).


Initiative “Verpėjos” by LIAA member Laura Garbštienė invites to apply for residency

“Verpėjos” invites artists from various fields to an art residency in Varėna district for July – October in 2022.


Meeting of ARNE and Baltic independent initiatives and spaces at Sodas 2123

SODAS 2123 (Vitebsko 23, Vilnius) will greet the last days of April (27-29th) with an international gathering ‘Vilnius Meeting 2022: Schools & Gardens’ for independent spaces and initiatives based in the Baltic countries and widely in Europe. The event is organised by the Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association (LIAA), curated by Lina Rukevičiūtė and Vaida Stepanovaitė.


Project of the initiative “Verpėjos” founded by LIAA member, artist Laura Garbštienė – exhibition by Sallamari Rantala “Baby Bone”

It is about several things, like the waiting hall before the departure, counting annual growth rings, and someone stumbling on a buried object in the foreseeable future April. As well as knowing and not, and twinkling moments of touching buttons, and nearing horror. The exhibition is about growing, when flesh rounds around broken bone landscapes in a spiral motion.


Vygandas Šimbelis exhibition „Panorama Time”

Traveling the world with a broken camera is a challenge in itself. As a result, the nomad collects only corrupted images and fragmented memories and experiences. The question in the exhibition is how a broken camera and defective images affect your personal impressions and memories?



Artists, art students and dancers (priority will be given to Ukranians who have found refuge in Lithuania) are invited to apply to take part in a series of artistic movement performances in the framework of Tom Lovelace’s exhibition at “Atletika” gallery, Vilnius in June 30 – July 28, 2022.

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