I love the past, I do look forward
The title of the video borrows a line from a song in a performance ‘Ghost Writer and the Broken Hand Break’ by Miet Warlop and Raimundas Malašauskas. Bringing together brief periods of time in Paris, Vilnius and Marseille, Ieva Kotryna captures moments of ecstasy, social events and everyday life which are at times melancholic, weighty or consequential, from images of people dancing in the streets and at vogue ball parties, to art performances, and strikes. ‘Fore me scattered low quality images captured with a smart-phone camera best reflect the unstable and chaotic world around and a personal life full of random swerves’ says Ieva Kotryna.
Ieva Kotryna Skirmantaitė is a video artist interested in alternative documentary forms in theory and in practice. By capturing and connecting real events, other people’s practices, discussions, sounds and bits from everyday life, she has found a way to create an imaginary path and to reveal invisible excitements and anxieties. She explores how different technical qualities of the digital image act as separate memory systems and represent different contemporary political and economical values.