Vilnius Biennial of Performance Art

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Diana Stomienė
Artistic director Neringa Bumblienė
Stand: 4 hall

Vilnius Biennial of Performance Art (VB23) is a new and ongoing international event dedicated to contemporary performance art, organised by Vilnius City Gallery Meno Niša as an official part of Vilnius’ 700th-anniversary programme. Its director is Diana Stomienė and its artistic director is Neringa Bumblienė.

VB23 consists of works by guest artists, curated by Neringa Bumblienė, and works by artists selected by an international jury, formed of Maria Arusoo, Neringa Bumblienė and Joanna Zielińska, through an open call. The Biennial in 2023 showcased 18 performances by both international and Lithuanian artists with nearly half being new works commissioned and produced by VB23.

The main focus of the inaugural Biennial is the city of Vilnius, but also a city per se, as a human-made and human-dominated environment that we share with other life forms, where different histories, myths, activities, interests, desires and visions collide, coexist and overlap. The city as an organism that is born, and thrives, but also dies or is killed, as is presently happening so close to Vilnius, in Ukraine. The city as an artificial but living structure with certain rules, certain trajectories of circulation that some life forms follow and others choose to disregard, creating new ones. The city as a dense network knitted with both visible and invisible threads and charged with various tensions. The city as a platform and a stage.

The curated programme consists of works by Pedro Barateiro, Eglė Budvytytė and Marija Olšauskaitė, Adam Christensen, Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Liam Gillick and Anton Vidokle, Eye Gymnastics (Viktorija Damerell and Gailė Griciūtė), Kris Lemsalu, Robertas Narkus, and Emilija Škarnulytė.

The open call programme consists of works by Teo Ala-Ruona, BRUD (with Juan Pablo Villegas, Virginija Januškevičiūtė, Post Brothers, and others), a collaboration by Aleksandra Janus, Weronika Pelczyńska and Monika Szpunar, Rūta Junevičiūtė, Keithy Kuuspu, Jacopo Miliani, Pontus Pettersson, a collaboration by Justė Kostikovaitė, Laima Kreivytė and Eileen Myles, a collaboration by Yulia Krivich, Marta Romankiv and Weronika Zalewska.