"Prelude" to the Baltic Triennial 13 at Contemporary Art Center (CAC) / Vilnius


Prelude 

(to the Baltic Triennial 13)

curator: Vincent Honoré  
assisted by Neringa Bumblienė and Cédric Fauq. 


2017.09.14 – 10.18

Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius 
Vokieciu 2
LT- 01130 Vilnius
Lithuania



Artists (Exhibition): 
Harry Burke, Anaïs Duplan, Penny Goring, Tarek Lakhrissi, Maria Minerva, Moor Mother, Precious Okoyomon, PLANNINGTOROCK, Jackie Wang, Liv Wynter, Dorota Gaweda and Egle Kulbokaite (YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP) 

Artists (Opening night performances): 
Khairani Barokka, CA Conrad, Caspar Heinemann, Sandra Jogeva, Vytautas Jurevicius, Agnese Krivade, Tarek Lakhrissi, Dorota Gaweda and Egle Kulbokaite (YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP)









































































NOTES ON BECOMING SUPERHUMAN

IN ORDER TO SURVIVE WE MUST BECOME-
SUPERHUMAN
SOMETHING OTHER - 
CAPABLE OF SLEEPING ON CONCRETE FLOORS
OR SPITTING IN TONGUES
LEARNING NEW LANGUAGES TO PROTECT OUR SKINS
MEN WILL THROW US FROM BUILDINGS AND ASK US WHY WE DID NOT FLY
MEN WILL FORCE US TO SWALLOW GLASS AND ASK US WHY WE DID NOT SPEAK
MEN WILL BURY US UNDER BRICKS AND ASK WHY WE DID NOT STAND
MEN WILL BREAK OUR FINGERS AND THEN DEMAND OUR TOUCH
IT IS OUR JOB TO SUSTAIN 
YOU HOLD OUR HEADS UNDERWATER

NOW WATCH US AS WE DEVELOP GILLS

IN A DIRECT RETALIATION,
TO THE WOMEN YOU BURNT
WHO WERE FULL OF FIRE
CAPABLE OF EVERYTHING
CAPABLE OF MOTHER,
OF SISTER - LOVER
OF WARRIOR - FIGHTER
OF BREATHING WHEN YOU THOUGHT WE COULD NOT 

YOU DEHUMANISE US
AND THEN ASK US TO SURVIVE

WE BURY OURSELVES DEEP INTO THE EARTH,
WE CREATE OUR OWN SPACES, OUR OWN LANDS
WE BUILD WALLS OUT OF THE LONG GRASS
AND LIVE IN THE SHADOWS
ONLY TO FIND WE ARE NOT SAFE THERE EITHER
ONLY TO FIND WE ARE DESTINED FOR
A PERPETUAL STATE OF MOURNING  
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IN DESPERATE ATTEMPTS TO LET OUR BODIES BECOME HOUSES
AND WASH OUR WOUNDS IN A DARK ROOM
OUR HANDS GUIDED BY THE LIGHT THAT BURSTS OUT OF OUR CHESTS

LET US LEARN TO HEAL WITHOUT REFLECTION
WITHOUT SURFACES WHO SHOWED US
WE DO NOT LOOK HOW WE SOUNDED
LET US WALK YOU HOME
I WOULD STAND UNDER LAMPLIGHT AND HOLD YOUR SKIN TO MINE
I WOULD BREATHE IN TIME
I WOULD CARRY YOU IF YOUR LEGS COULDN’T BARE THE WEIGHT

I CONSIDER ONLY WEARING BLACK
FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS
I HOLD FLOWERS TO MY CHEST AND BREATHE DEEP
TO LIVE IN YOUR EXHALES unnoticed
WE ARE THE WALLS
OF A HAUNTED HOUSE
WE HAVE BECOME OUR OWN GHOSTS 

I HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS TIRED.
I HAVE NEVER FELT THIS MUCH
I HAVE WATCHED THE WORLD END AND DECIDED TO GIVE UP
UNTIL

AN IMMEDIATE ESCALATION
DESPERATE - POTENT
MUTATION
INHUMAN INTO SUPERHUMAN

Liv Wynter

Introduction 

The Prelude to the Baltic Triennial 13 unveils what often remains invisible: a range of intentions, engagements, research, and emotions. The purpose is to make what nurtured the Triennial public: its poetry section (words, rhythms, thoughts, music, theory) is a crucial part of the project, if not its core. The Baltic Triennial 13 considers poetry as a bastard language that escapes normative linguistic categories and refuses appropriation from the standard exchange system by instituting itself as a transient form, at once dramatically individualist and profoundly collective.
The Prelude highlights its political stance, while acting as a poetic gesture: we will address class, gender, race, disabled bodies, feminism, decolonisation of desire and territories, eager to transcend the fixed notion of identity and to embrace the fleeting concept of belonging. Where do we belong? How do we belong? Key postulates will guide us: bastard objects and formless subjectivities, anti-categorisation and fluidity.
In doing so, we start by using the museum (and its economy) to offer up an alternative to the use of words by those who hold the monopolistic power to speak and colonise our horizons with their permanent logorrhea. We give a space to those who are still often silenced. By doing so, we position language (written and spoken) and knowledge engagement as the starting point of the Triennial: the Prelude will be an open and free platform where readings, talks, symposia, discussions, and debates will take place in an installation specially designed by Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė (Young Girl Reading Group). The Prelude will not arrive at a conclusion: the research will continue up to and beyond the opening of the Triennial in May 2018.
Khairani Barokka, Harry Burke, CAConrad, Anaïs Duplan, Penny Goring, Caspar Heinemann, Sandra Jõgeva, Vytautas Jurevičius, Agnese Krivade, Tarek Lakhrissi, Maria Minerva, Moor Mother, Precious Okoyomon, Planningtorock, Jackie Wang, Liv Wynter, Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė (Young Girl Reading Group) are participants in the Prelude.
For the first time, the Baltic Triennial will take place in the three Baltic countries; opening at the CAC in Vilnius, Lithuania in May 2018, at Tallinn Art Hall in Estonia in June 2018, and at Kim? in Riga, Latvia in September 2018. The three distinct exhibitions act as different chapters and form the Triennial. Tadas Karpavicius is the graphic designer and Diogo Passarinho is the architect. Vincent Honoré is the curator. He is assisted by Neringa Bumblienė and Cédric Fauq. 

The Baltic Triennial 13 is titled GIVE UP THE GHOST. 

Vincent Honoré



Photography: Andrej Vasiljeko 

All images copyright and courtesy of the artists, Baltic Triennial 13 and CAC Vilnius