Joy and Mirror. Port City at 427 / Riga‏

Joy and Mirror. Port City
Organised by : Jurga Daubaraitė and Monika Lipšic 

Artists: Gediminas G. Akstinas, Antanas Gerlikas, Petras Išora, Ona Lozuraitytė, Rūtenė Merkliopaitė, Marija Olšauskaitė, Jurgis Paškevičius, Rytis Saladžius, Emilija Škarnulytė, Jonas Žukauskas

January 21 - February 26, 2016

Antanas Gerlikas and Marija Olšauskaitė

Rūtenė Merkliopaitė

Rūtenė Merkliopaitė

Jurgis Paškevičius

Gediminas G. Akstinas, Jurgis Paškevičius and Marija Olšauskaitė

Ona Lozuraitytė and Petras Išora

 Jurgis Paškevičius 

Marija Olšauskaitė

 Marija Olšauskaitė

  Gediminas G. Akstinas

Ona Lozuraitytė ir Petras Išora

 Jonas Žukauskas

 Marija Olšauskaitė

 Rytis Saladžius

Left: Jurgis Paškevičius 
Right: Jonas Žukauskas

Emilija Škarnulytė

Photos by Līga Spunde

Joy and Mirror is a travelling artists residency that aims to rearrange and disrupt the landscape of cultural activities. Guided by a principle of joy, encounters with localities unfold in a mirroring mode.
What if activities from Sardinia, Gardone Riviera or Athens could be reflected in other locations and in other circumstances? How long did the reflection travel to meet the identical of itself. In a travel from Joy to Mirror, forms and contents repeat and recreate, and also change in a time of observation.
Port City is a gathering of artists’ works that has been collected during and after the time together in Sardinia, Lago di Garda, Athens and Vilnius. It is a sequence of proposals for a barter, a support, for a video camera, a friend, a window, a floor, a talk, a hearsay, subjects, time, a shopping list and other. Joy and Mirror like a Port City is a practice of exchange.

: well, a heater as a palm tree should be ok.

: let’s think that Riga is by the sea and there is plenty of salt in the air.

: it is winter now, and it would be great to have a fountain-pisuar. Or is it more appropriate for the 
spring? You see there are not many fountains in Vilnius.

: there is a seed of a tree, you take it and plant it - the tree grows. So all this cosmos that is 
imagined, that we have never seen, is here.

: I would really like to pour very salty water on the floor.

: well, we still miss something.

: don’t forget to say that a bridge handrail will be slippery.

: maybe we should dress up so no one can recognize us?..

: why to dress up if nobody knows us there anyway?..

: when Gedas was wearing an invisible man costume in Sardinia, not knowing it was a Halloween night.

: it would be good if someone from Riga plays during the evening.

: what if we find that Riga’s underground celebrity, who hasn’t performed anything for the last 10 years, that I was shown but saw him only passing behind a column

Supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture, State Culture Capital Foundation and VKN