Forty-three walls and panels on loan from various European museums and institutes
Exhibited: Lithuanian and Cyprus Pavilions of the 55th Venice Biennale
Curated by: Raimundas Malasauskas
Cousins consists of 42 walls and wall panels, donated or provided on loan from various art museums and institutions from around the European Union. The walls were installed on the main pitch of an indoor sports arena in Venice. Amplified by the way the exhibition was arranged throughout the building (filling the main pitch, the hallways and stairwells, and amid the seating area of the arena), the visitors observing the work become actors intrinsic to its actualization. Arranged as both maze and stage—people interact with one another and the artwork. Each of the walls has a different pitch or tenor. As in a collage, or perhaps more aptly, a remix using samples, Cousins creates a type of exhibition architecture. Following an on-going strand in my work, it mimics the modality of film but consists instead of edits within space, deliberately creating a mise-en-scène, to guide the observer’s sight, and make visible unexpected views.