The narrative of the film Kaimietis is based on the monologues of two individuals, who do not know each other. These monologues have been recorded for a young sculptor, the male character of the film, getting ready to leave his country, while the text of a female student was recorded just after leaving the home country. Both characters are not typical economic or political immigrants. They share a common drive for new experience in another country, another cultural context. Both young people delve into their personal important issues, without attaching too much to linear sequence. The visual structure of the film is aimed at creating visual suggestions of these two documental narratives, without filming the actual narrators. The sculptor is speaking while showing a portrait of the national hero, created by himself, while the monologue of young female student is accompanied by photographs: – the snapshots of her first days in the strange city. The first reflections of traveling, moving house and experiences are compared with the point of departure, the city, which they know well; from the first moments of departure this point becomes an object of remembrance. —ubuweb
Deimantas Narkevičius is an artist and filmmaker born in 1964 in Utena, currently based in Vilnius. He graduated sculpture at Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts and spent a year in London in 1992/93, which affected his later interest in site-specific art and concern with the concept of place in a broader discursive sense.
Since the late Nineties he mostly works in film and video, experimenting with the film structure and thematizing the weight of subjective memories and personal revisions of the History. As the artist has himself stated a number of times, his films in a certain way are extended sculptures, not only closely adjusted to the physical sites of their installation, but also thematically departing from very specific personal circumstances or experiences. Nevertheless, working in different film formats, often inserting fragments of other media – drawing, found photograph and footage into his films, Narkevičius expands temporal and spatial boundaries of his narratives. With… read more