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2020 February 28 @ 17:00 - 2020 April 18 @ 12:00

At the 11th International Biennial of Textile Miniatures “Measure”, over a hundred participants from nearly twenty countries around the world (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, France, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine, Japan, Malaysia, etc.) are analyzing their personal relationship with set measures, standards, norms, contemplating the relation between the size of an artwork and its value, questioning how the artwork is changed by its smaller format, and even offering measures and standards that match individual worldviews. International biennials of textile miniatures that have been organized in Vilnius since 1992, currently are the only small textile exhibitions of its kind in the Baltic region, creating a medium for the international representation of Lithuanian textile art and providing an insight into the latest textile trends in the world. Biennials are organized by the Lithuanian Artists’ Association and the exhibition is curated by Žydrė Ridulytė.

The works presented at the exhibition suggest that sizes and measures accompany us everywhere, from the physical, expressed in numerical values, which measure the entire material world, to the figurative meanings that reflect a measure of human authority, self-worth, compassion or identity. Every day we come across clothing sizes, weight and body indexes, precious metal hallmarks, wage range and information technology measures (kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes). Textile artists are fascinated by how an imperfect individual feels in the world ruled by numbers and measures and his or her desire to conform to the established norms. Scenes and symbols embodying the passing time are most popular in smooth-surfaced three-dimensional miniatures as well as shaping the artworks from modular details, many meanings of numbers and sizes that characterize the human environment of today. Artists convey their thoughts and ideas through the plastic of the artworks, revealing the specifics of different materials, using the capabilities of conventional techniques (weaving, felting, embroidery, mixed techniques) and innovative means of expression. While we understand that standard thinking and the unification of objects are at odds with creativity and originality, we very often strive to be perfect and strive to conform to norms and standards. Perhaps it guarantees personal security, natural integration into society, but do we feel good about giving up individuality?

The size issue is also relevant to the textile miniature, which is defined by an internationally accepted standard format (20 × 20 cm). The works of the exhibition try to dispel the prevailing stereotypes that the small format limits the artistic expression, and to show the possibilities for experimentation – that the miniature provides – revealing the artist’s self-expression.

Lijana Natalevičienė