Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte
Impossible Colonies takes its starting point from the utopian project Dausuva (named after Dausos – spirit world in Lithuanian mythology) proposed by the Lithuanian geographer and diplomat Kazys Pakstas in the 1920s. His proposal suggested moving the whole nation of Lithuania to a safe place in the case of geopolitical tensions: it would exist as a peaceful colony in a purchased or leased land. Suggested locations included Belize, Madagascar, Sao Paulo region in Brazil, the Bahamas and Quebec.
Impossible Colonies presents a fictional archive of these migrations and includes photo etchings, photographs printed on silk and archival glass slides. Imagining the archetypal arrival to a new land through water, this work looks into water as liminal space, into fuidity of national identity and landscape gaze.
The residency at VU allows the artist to explore Quebec and make a journey imagined in the original Kazys Pakstas writings. She can collect photographic, video and textual material for the next chapter of Impossible Colonies.