The Kaunas Biennial was started in 1997 and is the focus of contemporary art exhibitions in Kaunas, Lithuania and Europe.  June 7, 2019 marks the opening of the 12th exhibition featuring 28 artists, including ACT professor Gediminas Urbonas and affiliate Nomeda Urboniene. Their installation, Druzhba, explores the cultural, political, and geographical territories that unfold in a fictional journey along the world’s longest crude oil pipeline.  This pipeline stretches 4,000 kilometers from Siberia, through the Baltic States, into Eastern and Central Europe. Druzhba means “friendship” in Russian and the pipeline was described as a master “signifier,” a grand-narrating, imperial structure meant at its inception in 1960 to “lead the world into a new dawn.”

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The Druzhba Project by Urbonas Studio