RA DI MARTINO / GIANLUCA E MASSIMILIANO DE SERIO / UGNIUS GELGUDA
ARTSCAPE: ITALY
18 December - 20 February 2009
Opening: December 18th, 18:00  

Part of the Vilnius – European capital of culture 2009 program ARTscape is a large-scale project that involves contemporary art, cinema and jazz, co-organized by some of the most qualified cultural institutions: “Kino pavasaris”, “Vilnius jazz” and Gallery VARTAI. Throughout the year 2009 and in the beginning of 2010 these three experienced institutions will be presenting the contemporary culture scenes of twelve European countries, the cities of which are, were, or will become European capitals of culture. The three different media – art, cinema and music – will outline the diagrams of dynamic cultural processes.  

RA DI MARTINO
GIANLUCA E MASSIMILIANO DE SERIO
UGNIUS GELGUDA

The works of Gianluca e Massimiliano De Serio are an intense exploration of extreme feelings such as love and loss, madness and ecstasy. Through the investigation of socially excluded figures, such mental disabled persons, their trilogy constituted by A Star Love (2008), A Dark Love (2008), and Animalove (2009) investigates the absolute dimension of love and its transcendental nature. Two parts of this trilogy: A Star Love and Animalove -are presented in the exhibition ARTscape Italy in VARTAI gallery Rä di Martino’s practice conveys a complex reflection on the notion of time and its flow by exploring the logic of memory and its social construction. As part of the ongoing series Untitled (Marilyn) (2004-ongoing), the Italian artist takes every year a picture of Marilyn’s grave in Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, which is last home to several Hollywood’s stars. Personal homage of the artist to the figure of Marilyn, the photographs document the year-by-year state of the burial niche, by showing the flowers on it, as well as all the signs of love and affection left by fans and admirers on the grave. The flow of time, as well as the accumulation of events in it contributing to defining our identity in the present realm, are the main features of Martino’s film August, 2008 (2008). The strategy of Rä di Martino shows how the flow of the headlines generates a background rhythm which inevitably accompanies our daily life. The dimension of past, present and future overlap thus in the impersonal voices of the young couple up till a point where they reach a sense of absurdum impossible to unravel. Ugnius Gelguda’s 308 meter is a datum-point where a drama of a fictitious family, existing only in a film, begins or ends. In 308 meters of 35 mm film an illusion of a plot is created, which is made through clichés established in cinematography. The film analyzes the language of cinema itself, and its (un)perceived influence to our perception of everyday experiences. Cameraman: Vilius Mačiulskis. Sound: John Cage, Ugnius Gelguda.  

Curator: Luigi Fassi, Neringa Černiauskaitė


Film program:

SKALVIJA Cinema Center, Goštauto g. 2, Vilnius:
January 8th, 17:00 – Fausto Paravidino:Texas
January 15th, 17:00 – Alessandro Angelini: Salty Air
January 16th, 16:00 – Paolo Sorrentino: One Man Up
January 17th, 16:00 – Daniele Vicari: Maximum Velocity
January 22nd, 17:00 – Vincenzo Marra: Sailing Home

VARTAI Gallery, Vilniaus g. 39, Vilnius
January 19 d., 19:00 – Short films

Concerts:

Gianluigi Trovesi-Gianni Coscia

January 12nd 19:00
S. Catherine's Church
Vilniaus g. 30, Vilnius

Ticket price - 30 Lt.
Tickets available at www.bilietai.lt

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