Antanas Obcarskas

Lietuva / Lithuania

WC European galleries: Personal research 2003-2006

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A. Obcarskas’ work is characterized by a variety of used creative means and forms. One can find paintings as well as conceptual objects and artistic events in his oeuvre. Thus, it is not surprising that the artist has chosen photography for realization of one of his creative ideas. “WC of European Galleries: Personal Research” is a series of photographs, which show A. Obcarskas in the toilets of grand European museums and galleries. The geography of the photographs, which were created in years 2003-2006, spreads from the South of the Old Continent (Spain, Italy and France) to its North edge (Estonia); from Berlin in the West to Vilnius, located near the Eastern Border of European Union. A. Obcarskas posed for the photographs not only in famous art institutions, but also at important contemporary art events, for example, at Venice biennale or biennale “Manifesta” in Spain.

These works, allied to “guerrilla” art practice, clearly state the attitude of the artist – understanding that his works will never be exhibited on the walls of the museums, which have turned into the fortress of art establishment, A. Obcarskas chooses self-expression, unrestrained by art cannons, and attacks citadels of “high” art with felicitous irony. The photographs, which captured A. Obcarskas in the toilets of grand art museums and galleries, undoubtedly express the criticism of institutional power relationships functioning in the art world.

Text by Tomas Pabedinskas