Roles in Archive: Artist, Participant, Speaker
Deimantas Narkevičius was originally trained as a sculptor and started using film and video in the early ’90s. His films explore the processes of memory and of comprehending history from a contemporary perspective. The disjunctions between text and image in Narkevičius’s films manifest a critique of the documentary form, making objectivity seem impossible. He eschews the close-ups that are a common feature of contemporary documentaries, used to demonstrate the veracity of an interviewee’s testimony, in favor of wider shots. The central characters of Narkevičius’s narratives are often absent from the screen, replaced by objects, drawings, and other surrogates. For the “Futures of Eastern Europe” conference, Narkevičius will exhibit his film Revisiting Solaris (2007).