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Almanac 2016: Joana Gelazyte (OSLO, NORWAY)

Almanac 2016: Joana Gelazyte (OSLO, NORWAY)

Employing unexpected visual experiences in her new performance, Joana Gelazyte seeks to link the future and the past. The author draws her inspirations from the environment, reflecting the sudden emergence, transformation and fading of images, contact with the sounds. My space is the place where different thoughts and feelings melt together (narrative), it’s a never-ending motion and dynamics when time defines all trajectories and motion-shifts. I explore time; that finds me as a mediator between the future and the past.

Production History:
PAB – Performance Art Festival in Bergen ( Norway).


Artistic Statement:
Joana Gelazyte(1985), Lithuanian performer based in Norway since 2012. She educated from Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, Lithuania (2005 – 11). 2014 – till now, a member of PAO (Performance Art in Oslo) organization. Joana works with performance, vídeo, photography, installations. I am creating from direct observation, using information that comes from my immediate experience of seeing. It is the life, clarity and presence of information at the moment that informs my creative process. Watch Sam out of the corner of one’s eye, following, fixing, feeling, experiencing. My personal experiences, dreams, the old Baltic Tribes nature roots and people around – nourish creativity. Sound and nature – perfect inspiration. I’m using my body, the raw materials of nature. Ashes and wood become part of my art, my body and forest “carpet” fading into one when black and grey became colourful and deeply feeling. Creativity – self-cleaning, ritual. One of my chief aims is to convey how the surrounding environment influences and supports objects and also how the presence of the object affects the surrounding environment; this reciprocal interaction has both physical and psychological aspects that enliven the visual reading of my drawings, installations and paintings. The value of my work is not merely found in the convincing representations of people, objects or places, but also in it is the ability to emotions, feeling and mood at that moment.





Photo by: Eirik Magnus Slyngstad

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here. 


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