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Contemporary Textile Art Exhibit “BLACK LIGHT”

2008 January 31 @ 17:00 - 2008 March 21 @ 17:00

“BLACK LIGHT“ is a contemporary art exhibition which has been presented in various European cities already for several years.


In summer of 2005 a group of Lithuanian textile artists (Laima Oržekauskienė, Inga Likšaitė, Almyra Bartkevičiūtė – Weigel, Jolanta Šmidtienė) were invited to take part in the international exhibition “Advertising Art in the Black Light” in Berlin. There the artists works from various countries were exhibited in the underground station. The Lithuanian presentation stood out not only for their technical variety, individuality and mastery, but also for conceptual engagement.

At the end of May, 2006, during the Kaunas Days, with the help of the initiative of Jolanta Šmidtienė, textile artists and Kaunas artists guild, the first contemporary art exhibition “Black Light” was organised in Kaunas castle. Here the textile works by more than ten artists were exhibited in the dark. The mysterious and unexpected exhibition received a positive welcome by Kaunas citizens and the visitors.


The objects glowing in the dark space catch the eye of the observer, spot invites the spectator to come closer to the artworks. The materials sensitive to luminescence used by the artists, endow the artworks with the aura of mystery. „Black Light“ is extremely suitable for lighting in an untraditional space without windows; therefore, showing its exhibits can be presented in castles, estates, forts and even in derelict factories.   

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Laima Oržekauskienė, Jolanta Šmidtienė, Margarita Taurinskienė, Jūratė Petruškevičienė, Almyra Bartkevičiūtė – Weigel, Kristina Petrauskienė, Gaila Akelienė, Mantė Marcinonytė, Rūta Naujalytė, Jurgita Stravinskienė, Zinaida Dargienė, Audronė Valčiukienė, Agnė Urbonavičienė, Vėjūnė Sudarytė, Audronė Andruliavičienė, Modestas Malinauskas, Asta Fedaravičiūtė, Domantė Šarakauskaitė, Greta Kardišiūtė, Valda Daubaraitė, Sandra Blažiūnaitė.

 Jolanta Šmidtienė