Emilija Škarnulytė’s works are exhibited at one of key modern art galleries of the United Kingdom


2021 10 22


On 29–31 October, a series of exhibitions and events titled Power to Change, dedicated to the topic of climate change, will take place at Tate Modern, one of the most important modern art galleries in the United Kingdom. One of its participants is Emilija Škarnulytė, a Lithuanian artist who has already gained international recognition for her work.

The exhibition and event series Power to Change is organized right before the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, where the highest-ranking leaders of all countries of the world will gather in order to solve this problem.

Emilija Škarnulytė is an artist whose work consistently examines the ecosystems and landscapes that have been created at the intersections between human and natural activities and who presents this research in hypnotizing audio-visual environments. During the weekend dedicated to climate change, three of the artist’s works will be exhibited in different areas of Tate Modern, including a new work created specifically for the southern wing of this gallery: a multi-channel installation titled Eternal Return. At the Starr Cinema, her film Sirenomelia will be screened, as well as the film Pleasure Prospects by New Mineral Collective (Emilija Škarnulytė and Tanya Busse). On 30 October, Tate Modern audiences are invited to a special performance by Škarnulytė in which the artist turns her own body into a point of reference.

Škarnulytė’s latest work, Eternal Return, is an installation of four video-projections which looks at our time from the perspective of 10,000 years in the future, thus encompassing the dimension of deep time: from cosmic and geological to ecological and political transformations. In her work, the artist utilises the possibilities of new mapping technologies: sonar, remote sensing and seafloor scanning, and examines objects located in the depths of the sea, such as Baia, an ancient Roman city which has currently ended up under water due to seismic processes, or the Gulf of Mexico, where the corals bred in laboratories are used to restore ecosystems damaged by oil spills. The presentation of Škarnulytė’s work is curated by Tate Modern gallery’s curators Valentine Umansky and Katy Wan.  

The main topic of Tate Modern’s event Power to Change is sustainability, ecology, and creative ways which artists and cultural organizations use to speed up the solution of climate change issues. During the weekend, various discussions and free workshops will be held and art installations and films will be presented. In 2019, the Tate organisation declared a climate emergency, emphasising the important role of art and culture organisations in making an impact on fundamental changes in the environment and society. The Tate institution is committed to reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere by half until 2023 and to decreasing it to zero until 2030.

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