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 (2011, National Museum of M. K. Čiurlionis). 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).
No one is proposing an analogy or exactness between the originals and their textile versions at the exhibition. On the contrary, the result reveals the tangible and color differences between the thread and paint or colors of a video scene that determine the differences of visual reality and confusion of aesthetic senses. Along with the above-mentioned levels of ideas, yet another aspects reveals itself at the exhibition, which is the dialogue between the works (highlighted by the curator in the foreward). The exhibition will be particularly powerful for Lithuanian art experts, who have the experience of the influence of the original works, which is why they will unconsciously compare the weaved images with the originals. For foreign guests, and those who will visit the exhibition in Estonia and Portugal in 2012, a special educational program will be organized along with a dance performance (with our partner Kaunas Aura Theatre), which will reveal Lithuania’s strategies for professional textile art through a reflection upon Lithuanian art history.
Artists Monika Žaltauskaitė-Grašienė and Daiva Zubrienė weaved works for this exhibition at the companies Audėjas (Lithuania) and Ekelund (Sweden).
More information on the Kaunas biennial exhibition Rewind History curated by Rasa Andriušytė-Žukienė http://issuu.com/mamaika/docs/biennial-rewind (p. 25)