In these brief video interviews, the curators and artists of the exhibition "Difficult Pasts. Connected Worlds" talk about the histories, stories and memories which are behind their works. These are body memories, neglected women and queer histories, and the Soviet past that still lingers around as shadows or ghostly presence, and the global scale and interconnectedness of the colonial histories.
On Friday, April 29, the exhibition Difficult Pasts. Connected Worlds dedicated to the painful histories of Eastern European countries was opened at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius. The opening program of the exhibition also featured performances and a guided tour with the participating artists of the exhibition.
Besides much-needed support, such as donations of money and goods for basic needs, and solidarity actions to help people who are forced to leave their homes, engagement and contributions can also come from artistic and cultural communities.
In order to engage with innovative art mediation approaches and ways, we organised a workshop on mapping the art mediation work. It was led by art mediator Fanny Hajdú from OFF-Biennale, and interpeted in form of a comics by artist Vivianna Maria Staņislavska.
The participants of the seminar share their experiences of how mediation and new forms of audience collaboration can not only help to create a socially responsible and inclusive environment, but also reflect on and address issues that are related to the uneasy relations between past and present.
These series bring together artists, curators and interdisciplinary researchers dealing with the Baltic region, its neighbouring regions, as well as in broader geographies, with the aim to analyse the imprints of post-socialism and post-colonialism and their impact on contemporary realities.