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Improper Walls is pleased to announce Kliudžiau by Gedvilė Tamošiūnaitė, her first solo project in Austria. The exhibition features new productions by the artist as well as works created in collaboration with photographer Pavle Nikolic, illustrator Rūta Vėbraitė and fashion designer and artist Karolina Janulevičiūtė.
The exhibition title Kliudžiau, originally a title of a story by 19-century Lithuanian writer Jonas Biliūnas, functions as a phonetic trope, an onomatopoeia, its pronunciation reminiscent of cutting, hitting, a physical material encounter.
Kliudžiau presents new photographic series by Tamošiūnaitė that continue her research into the present overlaps of physical and digital realms. The exhibition explores different areas and states of these transitions, and the forms they take in individual's social and emotional being.
Among them is the topic of adolescence as a period of physical and emotional change where the notion of playfulness and naive games may turn into acts of aggression or unsolicited violence. This aspect is elaborated through visual and conceptual clues to gaming and play, and the relations between violence and the sense of guilt, amplified by the presence of digital simulation and stimuli that have become coming-of-age issues during the past decades.
Gedvilė Tamošiūnaitė's (b. in Lithuania) work focuses on ways of transferring contemporary human emotions and feelings into visual digital culture and non-verbal codes. Taking the former as an emotional collective entity - non-organic, bloodless, and painless - she aims to detect gaps that expose it to reality and allow for influence. Her prior artistic experience led to
an expanded creative field situating her commercial and personal work between photography, video art, and art direction.