'Difficult Pasts' art exhibit travels from Rīga to Vilnius

The Latvian Center of Contemporary Arts' exhibition Difficult Pasts. Connected Worlds dedicated to the histories of Eastern European countries has traveled to Vilnius, the LCCA said. 

On April 29, the exhibition will open at Vilnius National Gallery of Art and will be open until August 28.

Difficult Pasts. Connected Worlds includes works by artists from the three Baltic countries, Ukraine, Poland, Finland and the Netherlands. The exhibition was first shown in 2020 at the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga, as part of Communicating Difficult Pasts, an international project which engages with the uncomfortable and often forgotten sides of history in order to understand their influences in the Baltic region and neighboring countries. 

"With the beginning of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the past has returned in Eastern Europe, changing from something distant into a present-day disaster for millions of people. The invasion that started in 2014 with Crimea, Luhansk and Donetsk was often dismissed by the international community, but has now grown into a situation that is affecting the whole world. This war hits Eastern Europe most alarmingly, reviving many silences, unhealed wounds and unprocessed memories of the totalitarian past," said the LCCA.

 

More information about the exhibition is found at the LCCA website.

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