Saulius Leonavicius (LT) Artist-Shaman
Saulius Leonavičius (b. 1978, Vilnius, LT)
"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
Leonavičius has a PHD in Art and Psychoactive Substances from the Vilnius Academy and has recently become the Director of the Pragiedruliai Creativity Center.