Toma Šlimaitė, From collage series In the Face of Death, 2012
35 x 50 cm
Review June 20, 5 pm.
This Thursday, June 20, 5 pm, the Review Room will host collages from the series In the Face of Death (Mirties akivaizdoje, 2012 - 2013) by Toma Šlimaite. (born in 1985).
She graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Arts with the MA in Graphic Art in 2010, and has been working on collages and installations. At the first glance, her collages from the series Born to Fight (Gimti kovai, 2010 - 2011) and In the Face of Death seem playful and decorative, although the topics and characters are related to war and fight for national independence. For example, In the Face of Death is dedicated to World War II and drew inspiration from the Memel-Nord bunker in Giruliai, near Klaipe.da. The collages of the series feature images of soldiers and commanders cut from old newspapers bought in flea markets in Klaipe.da. Some look somewhat confused or even deplorable in an empty, decorative space, while others have joined an expressive, but disorganised crowd. Toma is not intimidated by the horrors of war - she rather mocks the ridiculous ambitions of "world leaders" by wrapping them in childishness and decorativeness.