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2021 JCDecaux prize

35 mm video-installation, 10 min, scanned color film together with 15 meters long photo-curtain.

The work presented at the exhibition explores the challenges of modern heritage conservation in Lithuania. Real estate objects exhibiting signs of cultural value are abundant in Lithuania, but they do not appear in the national register of cultural values, instead being destroyed or irresponsibly renovated; and often not because they are considered of no value - they simply have not yet been evaluated at all. This passivity of the society, manifested by the reactionary forces of boredom, prevents the preservation not only of architectural but also of socio-cultural distinctions. The author focuses on postmodern architecture and public spaces, starts a certain inventory and offers a critical gaze. She captures postmodern architecture and socio-cultural content in the public spaces of her hometown that have already disappeared, are still standing, but abandoned, or have been transformed. The factors that determine the designation of an object as to be preserved, constantly changing forces, the criteria for heritage assessment and protection are all relative factors; thus, Razumaitė offers a stance of radical tolerance. Radical tolerance, introduced by Deleuze and Guattari, contributes to creating networks of small-scale politics and refers to molecular segmentation - the realm of beliefs and desires that enables activism and the establishment of new, autonomous spaces, and assemblages breaking out of representational structures in the urban image. As the state becomes less and less involved in heritage-related processes, people’s awareness and non-governmental initiatives become crucial in protecting not only late modernist and postmodern architecture, but also public spaces, monuments and other elements of the urban landscape; at the same time, these elements can be integrated into future national identity scenarios. In this work, different aspects of these issues are explored through a photographic collage, video installation and an open discussion.

SPECIAL MENTION to EGLĖ RAZUMAITĖ for her work ‘Radical Tolerance’
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