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Impossible Colonies takes it’s 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, Quebec, Sao Paulo region in Brazil and Bahamas.
Impossible Colonies incorporates a wide range of references from practices of archiving and archive digitisation, water as liminal space, landscape gaze and notions of souvenirs as memory objects.
Combining elements of photography, printmaking and sculptural objects Impossible Colonies explores alternative scenarios through the future seen in the past. By taking a nearly century old utopian project out if it’s geographical and political conditions and opening it up to the current global context this work invites to imagine a new direction.

PLATFORM 2017, Edinburgh Art Festival.

Development and making of Impossible Colonies is supported by the Lithuanian Culture Council and Edinburgh Art Festival.
Photograph on silk viscose satin, gold tassel, looped video, 3 photo etchings (in the background). Concrete construction at the back- Adam Quinn.

Picture: Johnny Barrington.
Beeswax artefacts. Platform 2017, Edinburgh Art Festival.

Picture: Johnny Barrington.
Looped video, gold tassel, glass slides. Edinburgh Art Festival.
Photoetchings in custom made wooden frames. Edinburgh Art Festival.
Photograph on silk viscose satin, gold tassel, looped video. Edinburgh Art Festival.
Archival glass slides. Edinburgh Art Festival.
Beeswax artefacts on black velvet. Edinburgh Art Festival.
Exhibition view. Edinburgh Art Festival 2017.
Klaipeda Culture Communication centre, 2016.
Beeswax artefacts.
C-Type prints.