Dalia Dudenaite & Elena Narbutaite Sleeper

Six Ways to Sunday #02 – CAC Vilnius
Dalia Dudenaite & Elena Narbutaite

26 May – 15 July, 2011


Opening Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 6.30 PM

Peep-Hole in the context of the project Six Ways to Sunday presents the CAC – Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius.

Sleeper. An exhibition as a house observed by an animal from a shadow of a forest, cars passing by. A collection of works by Dalia Dudenaite and Elena Narbutaite.


Elena Narbutaite, Dust Lady, 2010, slides (detail)

So it all began in the streets of Vilnius, a city with big gasoline stations where the periphery is all over the centre. You walk a few steps and the city becomes an open field, a few more and it turns into a village. If it was winter we’d talk inside a car, and in the summer we’d open the doors and you could sometimes even hear the fields. This situation of rapidly changing distances would often remain unnoticed, but would penetrate the mind anyways. Was it the memories and the speed of driving that created those fast connections?


Elena Narbutaite, Dust Lady, 2010, slides, installation view

The cities with big gasoline stations can suddenly cut up the urban boundaries, like an animal that observes people and like people who sometimes notice it. Such acts of observing are on display at the exhibition Sleeper.

“Right, a cow’s eye, that’s exactly what I was thinking about. Maybe it’s possible to create a clear view to be seen from one side, and from another side – another view, as if seen through the binoculars. Or like when the observer and the observed switch positions constantly. So that you could adjust the distance very fast.”


Dalia Dudenaite, When He Looked at the Painting, vynil, 50 x 28,8 cm

“This appeared to me too: that there needs to be some way to translate this relation between the city and the gas station that allows this extremely easy access to periphery – when the city and forest, work and idleness, thinking and staring become very close to each other. This translation could become the grounds for the exhibition.”


Elena Narbutaite, Geography, 2011, wood, 21 x 38 cm

Six Ways to Sunday is an annual programme in which Peep-Hole dedicates an event to a partnership with a foreign art institution, becoming its temporary satellite project room.


Dalia Dudenaite, Clavichord, 2011, single-channel video projection, 9 min. Video still

The Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) of Vilnius is one the largest institutions of contemporary art in the Baltic States. It was established in 1992 and runs a local and international exhibition programme in a 2400 sq. meter exhibition space of a former Exhibition Palace of Soviet Vilnius. It is best known internationally as an organiser of the Baltic Triennial of International Art, publisher of the quarterly “CAC Interviu” and a commissioning institution for the Lithuanian pavilion at Biennale di Venezia in 2001, 2007 and 2011.

Sleeper is curated by Virginija Januskeviciute and Valentinas Klimasauskas on behalf of the CAC, Vilnius, under the premise of a misguided exhibition.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue designed with Mike Malkovas, published and distributed by the CAC and Mousse Publishing.

Six Ways to Sunday #02
CAC Contemporary Art Center
, Vilnius
Dalia Dudenaite & Elena Narbutaite. Sleeper

Elena Narbutaite’s (b. 1984 in Vilnius) recent exhibitions include Exhibition of Distances, Tulips&Roses, Brussels; The Clifford Irving Show, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; All the Things You Are (with Gintaras Didžiapetris) at Salzburger Kunstverein, 2010.

Dalia Dudenaite (b. 1984 in Vilnius) showed in Urban Stories – X Baltic Triennial of International Art in Vilnius and Swan Swallow Bonfire Rosemary Recital in Cesis, Latvia, both organised by the CAC, Vilnius. Their first collaborative exhibition Planet was shown in the Contemporary Art Centre’s display window in Vilnius in 2010.

Mike Malkovas (b. 1955 in Biysk, Russia) is an illustrator and paper engineer; he has illustrated Oxford American dictionaries and produced pop-up editions for numerous occasions.

The exhibition is realized with support from the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and Lithuanian Culture Support Foundation. The production of the publication has been funded with support from the Culture 2007-2013 programmme of the European Union within the framework of the Survival Kit project.

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Dalia Dudenaite & Elena Narbutaite. Sleeper
Opening Wednesday 25 May, 2011, 6.30 PM
26 May–15 July, 2011
Tuesday–Saturday 3.00-7.00 or by appointment
July Tuesday-Friday 3.00-7.30
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