Documentation

Evita Vasiļjeva, Antoine Nessi “Same door different street”

Roots to Routes

Les Parallèles du sud – Manifesta 13 Marseille

28.08. – 25.10.2020


Curated by Merilin Talumaa, Maija Rudovska,
Justė Kostikovaitė

 

Same door different street 

Evita Vasiļjeva, Antoine Nessi

August 28 – October 25, 2020

93 Rue de la République, 

13002 Marseille

 

When the sun melts down, a blue light on the Rue de la République turns on. Shifting lights and Mediterranean hues change the face of the city. There are seven reasons why you should make time for the sunsets*. There are seven times more reasons for artists to move to, tourists to visit, families to leave, new shops to open, and for refugees to come to Marseille. One of the most visible examples of this transforming city is Rue de la République. Each door on the street is made alike to blend with one another. Everything is aligned with an idea “to slow down time” – one of the seven reasons why you should make time for the sunsets.

For the duo exhibition Same door different street Latvian artist Evita Vasiļjeva and Marseille-based French artist Antoine Nessi have created works that reflect on the ambience and the language of the city. Inspired by the urban imagery of Marseille, Evita and Antoine employ elements from the city’s streets and its architecture, transforming them into containers, which act as molds to cast new pieces. Both artists often use casting as a method of producing their work. The familiar unfolds into something new, hybrid, reminding us that the known and the unknown live next to and within one another.

Evita has chosen to work with Marseille’s lights and its soap industry. Her sculptures resemble street lamps or new planets and inside them one can find little flies, resembling precious ambers that are likewise found with flies inside them on the Baltic coast. Flies have been collected by Evita in Riga, Latvia and transported to Marseille. The seducing and magnetic sunsets of Marseille were the point of departure for her work.

While economical and political flows in Marseille shift, bollards remain the guardians of the town, blocking cars from driving or parking in pedestrian areas. Still, we walk by these objects countless times and never pay attention to them. Antoine calls them ghosts of the streets. He has selected the most common patterns to work with and turned them into strange creatures or characters. Usually without faces and voices, the bollards now become active narrators, reviving the memories and history of this urban space.

* 7 reasons you should make time for the sunset https://bit.ly/2EZXhVH

 

About the artists:

Evita Vasiļjeva is a Latvian artist currently in residency at the Fiminco Foundation, Paris. She works primarily in sculpture and installation. The objects she creates are made from basic materials used in construction, old electronics, and other relics of the urban landscape. While their significance is cryptic and open to interpretation, formally they set up stages in space to interact with each other and their surroundings. Recent exhibitions have taken place in: Marwan, Amsterdam; LOWER. GREEN, Norwich; kim?, Riga; Litost, Prague; Wschod, Warsaw; Tallinn City Gallery; Nest, Den Hague; Fondation Ricard, Paris; Lustwarande, Tilburg; Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga; W139, Amsterdam; ODD, Bucharest; P/////AKT, Amsterdam; and Art in General, New York.

Antoine Nessi is a Marseille-based sculptor. He holds a degree from the Beaux-Arts de Paris. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Pipe Factory, Glasgow; 360 m3, Lyon and Interface gallery in Dijon.  He has participated in various group exhibitions including “Par les temps qui courent” at the Grand Café art centre in Saint-Nazaire, France; “Being thing” at the Centre d’art et du paysage in Vassivière, France and “The Promise of Moving Things” curated by Chris Sharp at the Centre d’art contemporain Crédac in Ivry-sur-Seine, France. He has done several residencies, including at Glasgow Sculpture Studios in Scotland and the Darling Foundry in Montreal, Canada.

The project was supported by: 

Baltic Culture Fund, Lithuanian Culture Institute, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Culture Abroad, Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation, Estonian Embassy in Paris, Manifesta 13 Marseille. The European Nomadic Biennial

Antoine Nessi’s works were created in collaboration with voyons voir | art contemporain et territoire and “Fonderie de Roquevair”

 

Screening programme “Double Exposure”

Roots to Routes

Les Parallèles du sud – Manifesta 13 Marseille

28.08. – 25.10.2020


Curated by Merilin Talumaa, Maija Rudovska,
Justė Kostikovaitė

 

Double Exposure 

Artists: Kristina Norman, Ingel Vaikla, Emilija Škarnulytė, Anastasia Sosunova, Eglė Budvytytė, Ieva Epnere, Katrīna Neiburga

29.08, 12.09, 26.09.2020

Unité d’Habitation Le Corbusier

Kolektiv (3rd floor) and Ciné-club

280 Boulevard Michelet, 13008 Marseille

 

The screening programme Double Exposure* introduces films and video works by contemporary artists from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The focus of the selected works is on Soviet heritage, particularly urban environment, architecture, and monuments in the Baltic states and their neighbouring countries. In the presented films and videos, which date back to a past decade, once grandiose Soviet modernism becomes a strangely alienated and neglected background – a controversial environment of colliding memories and narratives.

Being confronted by haunted ruins of the past and facing a drastically altered environment of the post-Soviet-society, the authors of the selected works are profoundly triggered by conflicts of identity and belonging in their immediate surroundings. Notably, the presented films and videos demonstrate how even most intimate personal stories become deeply rooted in our collective memory.

*Ingel Vaikla, Double Exposure, 13’36, 2019.

 

Films and videos:

Kristina Norman, Bring Back My Fire Gods, 13′, 2018
Ingel Vaikla, Double Exposure, 13’36, 2019
Emilija Škarnulytė, Aldona, 13’, 2013
Anastasia Sosunova, Demikhov Dog, 7’23, 2017
Eglė Budvytytė, Vocabulary Lesson, 2’22 and 9’36, 2009 (Collaboration with Ieva Misevičiūtė and Goda Budvytytė)
Ieva Epnere, Potom, 20′, 2016 & Sea of Living Memories, 2 selected pieces, 8’14 and 8’44, 2016

Katrīna Neiburga, The Press House, 26’27, three channel video, 2012

August 28, 6 pm – followed by a talk with Emilija Škarnulytė, led by Maxime Forest

September 26, 6 pm – followed by a talk with Ingel Vaikla, led by Maxime Forest

 

For artists’ biographies click here

Hosts and Moderator:

Kolektiv Cité Radieuse is a group of curators, researchers and designers located at Le Corbusier Housing Unit in Marseille since 2016. Devoted to interpreting 20th century architecture movements from design, visual arts and social sciences, they regularly organize and/or host exhibitions and events focusing on post-socialist Europe. Talks following the screenings will be led by Maxime Forest, co-founder of Kolektiv and Senior researcher and lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, where he teaches about gender, avant-gardes as well as Central and Eastern Europe. Following each screening, drinks will be offered in Kolektiv newly opened space on the 3rd floor of the Housing unit.

Supporters: Baltic Culture Fund, Lithuanian Culture Institute, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Culture Abroad, Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation, Estonian Embassy in Paris, Manifesta 13 Marseille. The European Nomadic Biennial.

 

Lina Lapelytė “Pirouette”

Roots to Routes

Les Parallèles du sud – Manifesta 13 Marseille

28.08. – 25.10.2020

 

Curated by Merilin Talumaa, Maija Rudovska, Justė Kostikovaitė

 

Pirouette 

Lina Lapelytė

Performed by Valentina Pace and Emmanuel Recht

August 28, September 11, 2020

93 Rue de la République, 

13002 Marseille

 

Conceived for a retired ballerina and a saxophonist using the circular-breathing technique, PIROUETTE is an intimate and experiential meditation on physical endurance, ageing, movement, displacement and fragility. The work is rooted in Lapelytė’s research into the physical and psychological discipline that is behind the performance of traditional live art forms.

 

About the artists:

Lina Lapelytė is a Vilnius and London based artist, exploring the topics of gender and ageing, working within the remit of pop music, architecture, folk songs and sound art. She holds a BA in classical violin, a BA in Sound Arts and an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London. Her performance works ​Ladies​ (2015), ​Hunky Bluff (​2014) and ​Candy Shop​ (2013, 2015) were shown in different contexts and locations including the Serpentine Pavilion in London, the Venice Architecture Biennial and MACBA (Barcelona).

Her collaborative work with Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė and Vaiva Grainytė, opera ​Have a Good Day!​ (2014) is translated into 9 languages and has been touring extensively. Their newest durational performance work​ Sun and Sea (Marina) presented at the Lithuanian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 2019 received the Golden Lion award for the best national entry.

Valentina Pace is a Marseille-based performer and works as a rehearsal assistant at the Ballet National de Marseille direction (LA) HORDE.

Emmanuel Recht is a Manosque-based saxophone player. He teaches at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental des Alpes de Haute Provence.


Pirouette performance was supported by: 

Baltic Culture Fund, Lithuanian Culture Institute, Manifesta 13 Marseille. The European Nomadic Biennial

 

 

 

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Roots to Routes I Pirouette by Lina Lapelyte I Performed by Valentina Pace & Emmanuel Recht. Trailer from the documentation of the performance presented on the 28th August and 11th of September 2020 at the 93 Rue de Republique space.

“Pirouette” by Lina Lapelytė. Performed by Valentina Pace and Emmanuel Recht. All photos © Aurélien Meimaris.

Maarja Tõnisson, Dovydas Strimaitis “Insula”

Roots to Routes

Les Parallèles du sud – Manifesta 13 Marseille

28.08. – 25.10.2020

 

Curated by Merilin Talumaa, Maija Rudovska, Justė Kostikovaitė

 

Insula

Author and performer: Maarja Tõnisson
Co-creator and performer: Dovydas Strimaitis
Costume design and concept: Kadi Adrikorn / Adrikorn Artefacts
Music: Maarja Nuut & Ruum
Jewelry: Claudia Lepik

September 19, 2020
Palais Longchamp and 93 Rue de la République
Marseille

Insula aims to dive into organic relations of space within and between bodies, where they meet complex identities, natures, movements, clothes and sounds. Transfiguring strangers are constantly defaced or obscured in dance. The space becomes a field of attention and the audience takes an active part in landscape dramaturgy.  The bodies that we inhabit, made of seventy percent water, unstable materials and containers, are in constant shift. The fictional and natural merge into affective scenes to challenge the sense of physicality, belonging, the other and intimacy.

Biographies of artists:

Maarja Tõnisson is an artist and choreographer based in Tallinn, Estonia. In her work, she mainly explores physicality and materiality through choreography. She has created four solo works: bodySHIFTbody (produced by STL, nominated for the Estonian dance award, 2015); bodyBUILDINGbody (commissioned by Tallinn Architecture Biennale, 2015); bodyIMAGEbody (group exhibition “(In)visible dreams and streams”, curated by Maija Rudovska, CAC, 2016)) and bodyWORKbody (at group exhibition “Museum Choreography” curated by Hanna Liis Kont, Tartu Art Museum, 2017). She is also part of a performance collective Olmeulmad.

Dovydas Strimaitis is a Lithuanian contemporary dancer, living and working in Marseille. He has been part of Jitti Chompee’s “18 monkeys dance theater” in Thailand, participated in the creation process in Gothenburg Opera’s Dance Company with choreographer Marina Mascarell, and performed in the restaging of Jan Martens’s “Pretty Perfect”. Since 2019, Dovydas has been dancing in Le Ballet National de Marseille, under the direction of La Horde, where he works with choreographers Alessandro Sciarroni, Lucinda Childs, Lasseindra Ninja and Tânia Carvalho.

Maarja Nuut & Ruum, a duo presented their work “World Inverted”(LP). Maarja Nuut is a singer, violinist, electronic artist, and composer whose work spans a vast range of musical worlds. Although classically trained, she’s interested in a number of disparate genres: Hindustani classical music (while studying in New Delhi), Estonian archive sounds and dance, ethnomusicological research, and, more recently, the outer limits of looping and electronic sounds.

Kadi Adrikorn is an Estonian fashion and headwear designer. Her main focus is using participatory design methods as a design research tool and creating adaptable and multi-wearable garments and headwear in her fashion practice. She has studied fashion in the Estonian Academy of Arts and scenography in Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.

Claudia Lepik is a jewelry artist. She obtained her jewelry BA degree at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2018 and was the recipient of the EAA Young Applied Artist Prize the same year. After graduating, Claudia has participated in multiple group exhibitions in Estonia and Greece.

Supporters: Baltic Culture Fund, Lithuanian Culture Institute, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Embassy in Paris, Manifesta 13 Marseille.The European Nomadic Biennial.

 

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Maarja Tõnisson & Dovydas Strimaitis | Insula | Roots to Routes | Manifesta 13 I Palais Longchamp.
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Maarja Tõnisson & Dovydas Strimaitis | Insula | Roots to Routes | Manifesta 13 I Rue de la République 93

Daria Melnikova “Palette: Three-legged Evidence”

Roots to Routes

Les Parallèles du sud – Manifesta 13 Marseille

28.08. – 25.10.2020


Curated by Merilin Talumaa, Maija Rudovska, Justė Kostikovaitė


Palette: Three-legged Evidence
SDS #26

Daria Melnikova

Invited artists: Uģis Albiņš, Victoire Barbot, Anna Ceipe, Baptiste Charneux, Kaspars Groševs, Indriķis Ģelzis, Ainārs Kamoliņš, Ieva Kraule-Kūna, Elīna Vītola, Amanda Ziemele, Ndayé Kouagou

September 25 – October 25, 2020
Salon du Salon
21 avenue du Prado
13006 Marseille

 

Palette, a migrating platform with the function of a bar steps into the space of Salon du Salon, offering the viewer thematic drinks blended with artworks by the artists, collaborators and creators of this set-up. The artist has chosen to play with the name palette indicating both the physicality of a bar’s counter and also the act of mixing. The bar becomes an eclectic piece combining references from various historic eras and personal sources of inspiration – both spiritual and physical.

Daria Melnikova is a Riga-based artist, who works with installations and objects. Her work results from a meditative study of daily routine, clichés, architectural details and mere casual moments. She has recently exhibited in Gallery Vartai, Vilnius; Karlin Studios, Prague; PLATO, Ostrava; Kulturfolger, Zurich; Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga.

Programme of Palette during October:

October 23 – performance A simple and easy talk about love by Ndayé Kouagou

Supporters: Baltic Culture Fund, Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation, Manifesta 13 Marseille.The European Nomadic Biennial.

Acknowledgments: Chloé Angiolini, Ilze Aulmane, Ryan Galer, Marie Tesson, Katrīna Teivāne-Korpa, Armands Briģis. 

 

Anne-Sophie Turion “Grandeur Nature”

Roots to Routes

Les Parallèles du sud – Manifesta 13 Marseille

28.08. – 25.10.2020

 

Curated by Merilin Talumaa, Maija Rudovska, Justė Kostikovaitė

 

Grandeur Nature

Anne-Sophie Turion

October 10, 2020

Vallon De La Barasse

 

Walk audio-guided and performed by Anne-Sophie Turion with the participation of residents of La Barasse.

La Barasse: its wooded paths against the backdrop of Ikea signs, its filth of toxic red mud, its workers’ houses, its tranquility of timeless villages, its groups practicing Tai chi, its packs of wild boars that descend at nightfall, its open-air cafes, its waterfall of coffee grounds and its boxing champions.

Between audio-guided stroll and performance, Grandeur Nature recreates the invisible stories of La Barasse and its inhabitants. Interweaving descriptions, personal anecdotes and related stories, one becomes the voice-over for a film that is orchestrated live. The extras are none other than the inhabitants themselves, the landscape scrolls past, past and present overlap without any jump cuts: the staging here slips into reality so well that it could go unnoticed.

Grandeur Nature was co-produced by Roots to Routes, Bureau des guides du GR2013 and the Département des Bouches du Rhônes as part of Hospitalités du GR2013.

Anne-Sophie Turion is an artist based in Marseille, France. Whether on stage or in the public space, Anne-Sophie Turion invents artwork as if she was creating rifts. Through performance, installation, and interventions in urban spaces, her work tackles and re-qualifies the notion of reality with a willingness to shift it towards the realm of fiction. Her work has been shown in exhibitions as well as in theatres: at the Magasin CNAC Grenoble, Festival Actoral (Marseille), Centre d’Art de la Ferme du Buisson (Noisiel), Centrale Fies Italy (where she was granted the Performance Art Award in 2013), Théâtre de la Cité Internationale within the context of New Settings program – Fondation Hermès (Paris), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Fondation Ricard (Paris), 3bisf (Aix-en-Provence), Kunsthal Aarhus (Danemark), among others.

 

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Trailer of an audio-guided walk "Grandeur Nature" performed by Anne-Sophie Turion and residents of La Barasse.

Screening and discussion “Agents”

Roots to Routes

Les Parallèles du sud – Manifesta 13 Marseille

28.08. – 25.10.2020

 

Curated by Merilin Talumaa, Maija Rudovska, Justė Kostikovaitė

 

Screening and discussion Agents

Moderated by Gustav Kalm

Participants: Anastasia Sosunova, Evita Vasiljeva, Antoine Nessi, Merilin Talumaa

October 16, 2020

93 Rue de la République, 

13002 Marseille

 

Who are we? What defines us? What traditions, folk-tales and habits are at work when we speak about our roots? Working along the lines of identity myths, ghosts of the past and present, for the project Roots to Routes artist Anastasia Sosunova created Agents  – a new moving image work around the reception of folk art during quarantine.

We will be premiering the newly commissioned video work Agents by artist Anastasia Sosunova, followed by a talk with curator Merilin Talumaa and artists Evita Vasiljeva & Antoine Nessi of the exhibition Same door different street where the screening will take place.

 

Anastasia Sosunova is a visual artist based in Vilnius. Her multidisciplinary practice consists of video, installation, sculpture, graphic art and writing. Sosunova manipulates personal stories, images that define locations and the subtle material gestures people leave behind in the environments they inhabit. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art 2, Riga; Kogo, Tartu; online pavilion of the Wrong BiennaIe; I: project space, Beijing; Contemporary Art Center, Rupert and Editorial, Vilnius; The Sunroom, Richmond/USA.

Gustav Kalm is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Columbia University. Formerly trained, as a lawyer, his research looks into government through ordinary bureaucratic techniques in international economic law. He has a long-term interest in political and legal iconology. Besides academia, he has worked on fostering better relations between the Estonian and Russian speaking populations in Estonia through cultural events.

 

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Anastasia Sosunova, "Agents," 2020. This moving image work has been commissioned for "Roots to Routes".

Anastasia Sosunova “Strong Water”

Roots to Routes

Les Parallèles du sud – Manifesta 13 Marseille

28.08. – 25.10.2020

 

Curated by Merilin Talumaa, Maija Rudovska, Justė Kostikovaitė

 

Strong Water

Anastasia Sosunova

October 22, 2020

Cité Air-Bel

 

At the end of October, a week before the lockdown, artist Anastasia Sosunova held a workshop for local kids with Mina Chu, a designer from the Cabanon Vertical, the multidisciplinary team for creating in urban space. In collaboration with the Air-Bel–northern Marseille’s neighbourhood’s cultural association and library “Acelem” Anastasia was teaching kids etching techniques, collage and printing to create artworks that respond to the surrealist history of the Cité Air-Bel, where during WWII the Surrealists found refuge at the vast property erected near the banks of the Huveaune river in Marseille.

Anastasia Sosunova is a visual artist based in Vilnius. Her multidisciplinary practice is comprised of video, installation, sculpture, graphic art and writing. Sosunova manipulates personal stories, images that define locations and subtle material gestures people leave behind in the environments they inhabit. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Kogo, Tartu; online pavilion of the Wrong BiennaIe; I: project space, Beijing; Contemporary Art Center, Rupert and Editorial, Vilnius; The Sunroom, Richmond and other. Recent residencies: Rupert in Vilnius, Achterhaus Ateliers in Hamburg, Fynske Akademie in Odense.

 

Photos by Mina Chu (Cabanon Vertical) and Justė Kostikovaitė.