Melnikova Alina

1instalation view afterRecognition. Don’t Kiss Me, I Can Do It Myself, video performance, 2007

By kissing my own reflection in the mirror, I liberate myself from the imposed position of the woman as a subject under observation and proposed identities and behavior models. Through the lip marks left on the surface of the mirror I invite the viewer to identify with me, just as I do it in the process of kissing my own image.

2 still is dirbtuviu1Kissing workshop for women during the performance festival Performance Fiesta in Finland

The main activity of the workshop – kissing – was inspired by my performance Recognition. Don’t Kiss Me, I Can Do It Myself. It was the starting point of my collection of narcissistic nudes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMiss You, Miss Me, oil on canvas, 2010

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEliminating One of the Similar Items, oil on canvas, 140 x 95cm, 2010

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFind Your Button, oil on canvas, 140 x 95 cm, 2010

My personal resolution to resist being arranged, graded or marked compels me to choose a creative strategy that is more like a dashed line of chaotic trajectory that allows all kinds of u-turns than the dominant double separating road marking line.

Studies, scholarships, awards

2008 – MA in Painting, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania

2005 – Studies at the Miguel Hernandez University, Elche, Spain

2011 – State scholarship of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania

2009 – Young Painter Prize 2009, 3rd place

2008 – Nordic Council of Ministers’ Sleipnir grant for creative work in Finland

2007 – Nordic Council of Ministers’ Sleipnir grant for creative work in Finland

Major exhibitions

Solo shows

2012 Circumstance of the Place: The Beauty and the Beast, St. John’s Street Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

2005 Stories 35, Raum 35, Vienna, Austria

Group shows

2012 Lithuanian Art 2012: 18 Exhibitions, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania

2011 Baltikum.Tides of Change, HangArt-7, Salzburg, Austria

2010 From Artists’ Workshops, Vartai Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

2009 For Human Rights Without Censorship, Graphic Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

New Prospect, Vartai Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

Embodiments, Graphic Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

2008 PasiJos, international exhibition Kaunas in Art: Contexts, Architects’ House, Kaunas, Lithuania

Elephant Bullet, KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia

Performance Fiesta, performance festival, Tampere, Finland

Painting exhibition Carmin, Tulips&Roses gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

ANEW, e[hibition of Lithuanian contemporary art, bwa City Gallery, Bydgoszcz, Poland

2007 (In)visible, former printing house, Vilnius, Lithuania

Keywords of Creative Practice

In my works I explore the shift in the categories of identity and the problems of visual pleasure.

Artists I Admire

Rebecca Horn, Sarah Lucas, Vanessa Beecroft

Curriculum Vitae