The 16th edition of AVANT explores the Baltic countries by inviting three prominent artists: Deimantas Narkevičius (Lithuania), Ieva Balode (Latvia) and Jaan Toomik (Estonia). In addition, two fairly unknown classics will be shown, Virve Aruoja and Jaan Tooming’s Endless day (1971) that was banned by Estonian authorities, and Adolfas Mekas’ rarely screened Wind flowers (1967).
Both Deimantas Narkevičius and Jaan Toomik deals with the complexities of post-communist transition; the repressed, revised and (re)turning histories and memories. However, the means are different, in Narkevičius’ work, history acts through narratives, images and monuments whereas in Toomik’s case it is the performing body that interacts with what has been. Ieva Balode and Baltic Analog Lab (BAL) represents another generation of Baltic artists, exploring analog filmmaking as part of a new community of internationally connected artist run film labs.
Full program: https://www.avantfilm.se/avant-2019-avant-goes-baltic/