Laznia Contemporary Art Center, Gdansk/Poland, 2017

Risograph images of seven places of my research in the last years; a video that was filmed by a private detective I hired in Gdansk to document my research at the Gdansk shipyard; a poster showing an photograph I took in an interview with a private detective in Vilnius; dots as a background painting made by an anonymous artist; and a quotation out of the crime novel The Instant Enemy by Ross McDonald

This exhibition stretches across the five secretive and intent gazes towards particular urban places and routes. Focusing on those of Vilnius and Gdansk – the two cities that are both similar and different in numerous respects. Histories, sceneries, urban textures, and ways of placemaking compose their transient experiences. There is something difficult to verbalize and poetic, invisible and promising in their messy places and ephemeric states.

Such long and ongoing histories of alteration – total change of population, urban landscape and culture, constant need to re-invent the urban and cultural identities, flashing back recently again have created those hybrid spaces which are so typical to these cities of the region. Up to this day one of their characterictic items of use are cracked sidewalks that witness the layers, the lost and recreated identities, the transience, the permanent efforts to become an integral urban whole and at the same time the lure of the impossibility to achieve this.

Five artists, who in their practices address urban research, and who had been earlier exploring Vilnius‘ spaces, were invited for residencies to Gdansk. The artists address different urban issues in their work, some focusing on social contexts and their paralells, some working with architectures, some searching for items of material culture that tell stories from the place. All of them are linked through a secretive predisposition and toolbox of the inquiry – stretching from the deduction, and mysterious alteration of things up to the quest for alternative worlds of the place. (Ūla Tornau)

with Kipras Dubauskas | E.B. Itso | Morten Kildevæld Larsen | Kalin Lindena | Mirjam Wirz
Laznia Center for Contemporary Art, Nowy Port, Gdansk