PROJECT „CUBA DE LITUANIA“: RETRIEVAL OF MYTHOLOGICAL FREEDOM

The project “Cuba de Lituania” of Sergey Poteryaev and Sergey Rozhin (Еkaterinburg, Russia) will be presented at the KCCC Exhibition Hall (Didžioji Vandens str. 2, Klaipėda) on Thursday, 19th of January, at 5 PM.

The aim of the long-term project “Cuba” of the participants of the International Art Residency of Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, S. Poteryaev and S. Rozhin, is to pay the viewer's attention to the depressive urban spaces and to emphasise the idea of free artistic practices. The starting point for the project was the deserted district in a suburb of Еkaterinburg (Russia), called “Cuba” by the locals forKuibyshevpower plant in the area. The project authors associated this place, also called the green island, with the so-called island of freedom “Cuba”, and using humor and gentle irony decided to connect these two spots of the world in their project “Cuba de Russia”. The artists came up with a legend that sometime in the middle of the last century several Cubans ostensibly left the island of freedom and came to Sverdlovsk (now Еkaterinburg) to find a new life and new opportunities. Decades have passed since then and the Cubans assimilated so much that forgot all of their past. All that remained was the name “cuba”, and only in small letters at that.

In 2015 the artists Sergey Poteryaev, Sergey Rozhin, joined by Kiril Borodin, decided to restore the historical memory of the local people. Working with the public space, young artists reflected on the theme of freedom in two respects: artistic and social. Basing on their legend and mystifying the history they studied the Russian “Cuba” territory, filled it with their own created after-facts – public art objects, installations and etc. – recorded them and presented this visual documentation at the 3rd International Ural Biennale of Contemporary Art.

As the participants of the International Art Residency of KCCC the artists are preparing a new part of the project “Cuba de Lituania”. After supplementing their own legend with evidence saying that the Cubans sailing to Russia ostensibly came ashore precisely in Klaipėda, KCCC art residents created public art objects in Smiltynė and were searching for the “facts” to support this story. S. Poteryaev and S. Rozhin always include a local artist into their project. This enables them to get a greater knowledge of the myths of the creative space, learn about the spatial characteristics, and provides an opportunity to the wider interpretation of the theme. An artist, Darius Vaičekauskas, joined the project in Klaipėda.

All audio and video footage, and the self-publishing magazine – Zinas, which contains the cube version of Klaipėda, will be presented at the exhibition “Cuba de Lituania”, opening at the KCCC Exhibition Hall on 19th of January at5 PM.

 

The exhibition will run until 19th of February 2017.

Ticket – 1,70 / 0,85 €.

Opening hours of the KCCC Exhibition Hall (Didžioji Vandens str. 2, Klaipėda): Wednesday-Sunday 11 AM – 7 PM.