Ugnius Gelguda’s (born 1977, Lithuania) artistic portfolio includes photography, time-based media art projects. Since 2007 he is represented by gallery VARTAI (Vilnius). He has received Licentiate of Arts degree in Vilnius Art Academy, Department of photo and media art. His work was represented in MUMOK (Vienna), Salamanca Contemporary Art Centre (Spain), Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw), Prague biennale 3 (Prague) and films screened in Les Rencontres Internationales (Centre Pompidou (Paris), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Cineteca Matadero, Madrid). His solo shows include venues of ARCO (Madrid, 2008), Art Cologne (Cologne, 2007), Contemporary Art Centre together with Neringa Cerniauskaite (Vilnius), gallery VARTAI (Vilnius, 2011), Lithuanian Art Museum (2008). Gelguda’s series were acquired by Modern Art Centre (Vilnius) to their collection in 2012.
Ugnius Gelguda and Neringa Cerniauskaite have started collaborating in 2009. Both artists are based in Brooklyn, New York.
Since their first project, the artists have been interested in visual memory and how it can be manipulated through usage of certain mediums. Their latest works include 16 mm films, photo slides, unrealized sci-fi scenario from the Soviet era, vinyl, and performance. By employing specific language of cinema and film, such as documentary or post-apocalyptic imagery, as well as the history of performance and its documentation, the artists return to failures and shattered opportunities of Communist and Modernist utopia, and create new possible histories of their own.
The latest work – Patterns (2013) – reveals a shift of focus to material history that is often overlooked and shadowed by the human History. Here the patterns become animated (hi)storytellers.
Neringa Cerniauskaite (born 1984, Lithuania) is an art critic, curator, editor. She has curated several exhibitions of younger generation artists as well as international group exhibitions at the largest contemporary art gallery in Vilnius Vartai as well as in unconventional spaces in Vilnius. She contributes texts for Lithuanian cultural press, exhibitions’ catalogues and international magazines (Flash Art, Parkett, ARTMargins.com, MAP). She is an editor of the web-based art magazine www.artnews.lt that was launched in 2008. She is a M.A. candidate, 2014, at Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, NY.