2022 06 10 – 25

Augustas Bidlauskas. After human

  • organizer

    Vilnius graphic art centre

  • Partly funded by

    the Lithuanian Council for Culture and Lithuanian Artists’ Association

  • the exhibition was held

    2022 06 10 – 25

On June 10–25, 2022, an exhibition of works by Augustas Bidlauskas titled “After Human” will be on display at Vilnius Graphic Art Centre’s Kairė-dešinė gallery. The opening will be held on June 10, from 6–8 pm.
Questions of aesthetics or cognition have recently been supplanted by moral and existential ones. For this reason, it is now impossible not to think about the front line in the broad sense while creating and making prints. While at some point portrayal of the human had begun giving way to the depiction of nature, it is difficult to say exactly when the human came back into the limelight. It is equally difficult to remember when the human outgrew the old times, the pacifist shows, and stepped over the threshold of becoming posthuman – did it happen during the war, in the course of the pandemic, or earlier?
What we are doing today is telling inhuman stories. The main concern is how to remain calm like Arestovych. What follows are minor details: is it enough to engrave a two-headed goose, is it time to tell the hammer and sickle to get f***ed, or is it better to cover everything with a camo tent? The voices we listen to every day are blunt: we will never be hippies again, we are training to shoot real bullets.
Augustas Bidlauskas
Augustas Bidlauskas (b. 1981) graduated in Graphic Art from Vilnius Academy of Arts (2004–2010). He has held solo shows in Vilnius and Klaipėda, and has been taking part in exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad since 2007. He uses the mezzotint technique exclusively in his work. For nearly a decade Augustas’ works have dealt with the topic of the human, which the artist interprets through the language of allegory, probing the limits and weaknesses of humanity with outright irony.

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