Agnė Jonkutė’s exhibition “Things”


On October 14 (Friday) at 7 p.m., the exhibition “Things” by painter Agnė Jonkutė opens at the gallery “Si:said” (Daržų 18, Klaipėda).

Agnė Jonkutė’s latest exhibition, “Things,” continues her creative explorations based on her personal family history. A history that goes beyond the framework of a single family and reflects the post-World War II period of our state and its inhabitants. As lives change, what remains of the stories are their attributes, which are objects. According to the philosopher Arvydas Šliogeris, “Human, as a being thrown into a finite horizon, is always and everywhere material and is conditioned by things.  <…> A human being is always dealing with things. (S)he sees them, sees them and hears them – in a word, perceives them sensually. Every glance is a glance at things, and every step is towards things. A human can never escape from things, however hard (s)he may try to do so.” In an ascetic environment, individual objects lose their object-ness and become a means of grasping existence and its depths.

Agnė Jonkutė (b. 1974) studied at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and Kaunas Institute of Art from 1997 to 2003, where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. She has been participating in exhibitions since 2000. In 2005, Jonkutė was awarded a gold medal at the 5th Francophonie Games in Niamey (Niger); in 2009, she gained the diploma of the best young Lithuanian artist at the International contemporary art fair “Art Vilnius ’09”. She lives and works in Kaunas.

The exhibition will be open until November 11, 2011.