Saulius Leonavičius belongs to the camp of dematerialized socio-aesthetics, who are interested in the socio-political (institutional) relationships of space and time. Leonavičius questions the status of an “art work” and its functioning in the art system. His works are contextual in a primary sense because he frequently deconstructs a particular context, by opening (previously latent) socio-political layers in an innocent (at first glance) socio-esthetic space.
Mini-interventions, micro-actions or daily practices that are difficult to define in aesthetic terms are frequently used for such “deconstructions”. Leonavičius creates situations that inevitably highlight (hide) the basic normative mechanics of a certain discourse and/or an institutional system. In other words, he is digging under the foundation of “art“.
- Kęstutis Šapoka
Path of Fear I (2015)
Hunger Strike (2019)
In April, 2019 Saulius Leonivivcius went on hunger strike for ten days performance. This action was dedicated to Petras Cidzikas, a man who, almost 20 years ago, went on hunger strike a number of times in Lithuania, with demands for Soviets.
Getting a grip series
My Gallerist Won't Come (2014) Vilnius