REWIND HISTORY is a series of artworks that questions the understanding of textile as a genre of reproduction that has been formed in art history. The series was exhibited in Kaunas biennial exhibition Rewind History curated by Rasa Andriušytė-Žukienė. The curator highlighted the aspect of reproduction (which is inseparable from both the history of tapestry in Western Europe from the 17th century to the 20th century and Jacquard weaving technology) as the foundation of creative interpretations at the exhibition. She asked textile artists that are currently active what Lithuanian artists and works have had an impact on their creative decisions, or are simply remarkable or had become visual icons. She selected a collection from the works mentioned by the artists, which then became a subjective (textile) Lithuanian art history of the 20th and 21st century.
The artworks were shown in Kaunas Biennial in 2011, at Estonian Museums of Applied Art and Design, the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza (Portugal).
LAURA GARBŠTIENĖ. Film About An Unknown Artist. 2009. Video stills.
The work of Laura Garbštienė (1973) distinguishes herself with characteristics that are not yet usual and developed in Lithuanian art, such as a clear thought and healthy sense of humor. Her video projects are also full of a courageous self-criticism. She happily researches herself as an artist and as a woman, all while keeping her good mood and not complicating her attitude too much.
For the project “Rewind History, Laura Garbštienė suggested a few scenes from her video that is dedicated to the problem of the notoriety/unknown status of Lithuanian artists. The question about current “unknown” artists was painfully discussed and even blown out of proportion a few years ago among Lithuanian artists who sometimes had a self-serving agenda. Laura Garbštienė’s “Film About An Unknown Artist” garnered a special mention by the jury of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, starting from K. Bogdanas’ Memorial Plaque “To the Unknown, Unappreciated, Forgotten Artist”. New generation artist Laura Garbštienė’s video project makes fun of this artificial problem, ingeniously connecting it to broader artistic contexts and with Lithuania’s ethnic and cultural heritage. Naming herself “an unknown artist” in the film, Laura Garbštienė successfully improvises in an ironic way on the topic of inner complexes that are characteristic of artists.
Artwork prepared by Monika Žaltauskaitė-Grašienė. Woven at UAB AUDĖJAS.