The Exhibition of Young Artists, dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of Baltic Way



“White Paper – three versions” – I’d say it’s an inaccuracy, a mistake. A mistake in the title, because there are actually even twenty-eight versions! Twenty-eight interpretations, twenty-eight viewpoints, twenty-eight insights, twenty-eight worlds…I could go on, but I’m on tiptoe to keep enjoying the little numbers. Let’s take those three out of twenty-eight, and we’re left with twenty-five. And this number is the reason of this exhibition, of this text, and of these twenty-eight worlds. Let’s verbalize these numbers.
Twenty-five - the exact number of years that passed after the biggest event (performance) so far, which literally brought all of the three Baltic States together, that is the Baltic Way.
Three versions – that’s Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
Twenty-eight – this is how many young artists resolved to dig down their memory and move their reminiscences onto the canvas, metal, paper stone, put them into the sand or into a cartridge shell, land them with doves, or put them into a dowry chest. It’s beautiful to see how young people reflect upon the memories collected and show their own versions – topical, ironical, dangerous, ritualistic, impulsive, cold, melancholic, sad, nostalgic, illusion-like, cozy, faded, conceptual, naked, daring, calm, charming, poetic, hurtful, spiritual, national, risky, dreadful, mysterious, dream-like, sorrowful, desperate, elated.
But that’s not all. The number ten also suits these other numbers beautifully, as, along these young artists, there were ten young third-year art critics at the Vilnius Art Academy who wrote down their own impressions. The texts wonderfully supplement the artworks, widen up their spaces, deepen their meanings, and give additional colors. And when the colors appear, the paper is no longer white.
We don’t ask you to hold hands this time (this generation doesn’t ask this). As Hermann Hesse once said, “timelessness and not modernness remains important in art.” So let’s leave our stereotypes at home, let’s each take a sheet of white paper, and, enjoying the timelessness, let’s create our own version.