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 artwork. Aleksas Andriuškevičius always had a radical way of creating things and went against the tide. Always the avant-garde artist, and always a bit of an underground artist, he holds importance for a new generation of artists because of his artistic and pedagogical work. He entered Lithuanian art history as a member of the important post-modern actionists’ group Post Ars (other members included Robertas Antinis, Česlovas Lukenskas, and Gintaras Zinkevičius). At the end of the 1990s, he began actively studying the body, movement, time and experimented with hyperrealistic painting, which was not popular at the time in Lithuania. This went against the trend of neo-expressionist painting that was dominant at the time. It is not hard to recognize director Gytis Padegimas, an important figure in Lithuanian theatre, in the painting “Five Poses”.. At the time, this painting expanded the understanding of portrait painting, and changed the attitude toward reality and Realism, which for Lithuanian artists that had to endure life in a country under Soviet rule, seemed to be something ideological, repulsive and totally one-sided.
Artwork was prepared by Monika Žaltauskaitė-Grašienė.