Vitalij Strigunkov, Waiting, 2015, film still. Courtesy the artist

Vitalij Strigunkov, Waiting, 2015, film still. Courtesy the artist

Vitalij Strigunkov, Waiting, 2015, film still. Courtesy the artist

Vitalij Strigunkov, Waiting, 2015, film still. Courtesy the artist

In the spring of 2014, eager for U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Lithuania, the country's public broadcaster announced his arrival at Vilnius Airport. But a delay by the Vice President in exiting the plane caused problems for the broadcaster's live coverage plans. The minutes pass, and as the script that was prepared for the coverage runs out, increasingly complex commentary focuses on the visit's political dimension. Unexpectedly, the wait itself comes to be more significant than the actual visit. In the film a Lithuanian voice-over is added to the broadcast that was originally shown in Lithuanian.

Installed site-specifically in a public reception area the newsroom ‘live feed’ has a haunting political relevance exactly four-years since Joe Biden’s visit to Lithuania on 18 March 2014. The date marks four-years into Russian’s illegal annexation of Crimea, and in 2018 is also the Russian presidential election.

UK premiere. Partner: Lithuanian Culture Institute

Waiting
Vitalij Strigunkov

FREE

Preview: Fri 2nd Mar, 7-10pm

3 March - 31 March 2018

Opening Times
Mon – Sun 10–6pm

NewBridge Books at BALTIC 39

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Newcastle
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