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Paulius Šliaupa

Graduation year




Every winter there is less and less snow in the Baltics. Denial of the changing environment indirectly affects the individual lives by gradual distancing from nature, alienation, but craving for intimacy and understanding at the same time. The changes are happening on scales that are beyond human reach and maybe they can not be explained by science theories and words? Coming from a family of geologists, I am interested in these frictional relationships between culture and nature, the interaction of natural and artificial ambiances and lights that affect our daily lives. Having spent my childhood between the laptop screen and fishing on the riverside, I constantly sense that experiences are fading away. I wish my art to impact the viewer's psychology, to influence one‘s way of being present.

From video installations and experimental movies for the cinema to object-like paintings, I work with associations to create a journey through different spaces and sensations. By accumulating the flow of painterly images, atmospheric sounds, and poetic energy, I form sensual narratives. My artistic research led me to explore the structures of poetic cinema, artist moving image, suspense, magic realism, and sci-fi literature. Most projects consist of multiple works, grouped around specific themes such as organic structures, rituals in nature; the flow of natural and artificial light; expeditions into the mystery of the night, absurdly seducing happenings.

Paulius Sliaupa The Island

The island, 2021, full HD video, 05:14’, 16:9, stereo

I filmed The island, during a painting residency I did last summer in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The abbey of Saint-Roman built in the 5th century located inside the caves reminded me of the secluded life we had during the residency and the isolated process of creation. In this video, I am evoking the caves’ layers of history and imagine the life of the hermits, their beliefs, doubts, rituals, and thoughts.

Paulius Sliaupa Senelis

Senelis, 2021, 4K video, 06:17', 16:9, stereo

Senelis is an aerial journey into the foggy night of Brussels observing the fragments of different people’s lives as my grandfather speaks about his loss of vision and its connection to my paintings.

Paulius Sliaupa Blue night

Blue night in the group exhibition PÄRNU FOTOFEST 2021 / “Võõrandumine, Parnu, Estonia, 2021, photo by Jan Leo Grau

Blue night, 2020, full HD video, 09:33’, 16:9, stereo

Blue night is a sensorial journey through the dark lamp-lit cities. It seems that people are always somewhere nearby, but a deep feeling of loneliness and isolation keeps coming back. It is not clear what will happen next. I was inspired by Martin Scorsese's film Taxi Driver (1976), which unfolds the slow psychological transitions through different physical states. Soundscape made by Siebe Thijs.

Paulius Sliaupa Ritual

Ritual in the exhibition “Care Infrastructures“ One Night Public Gallery, Sopot, Poland, photos by Wera Morawiec

Ritual, 2020, 4k video, 06:49’, 16:9, stereo

Ritual introduces a possible symbiosis of culture and nature and an alternative fragile relationship with the world. The character, dressed in a gentle protective suit moves slowly in an empty field surrounded by vertical branch drawings that remind of human figures and archaic structures. She adapts and nurtures an alternative society that has the potential to become a forest. By performing various rituals she discovers her relationship with the environment.

Performed by Elia Claessen.

Music developed by Suzan Peeters.

Paulius Sliaupa Entre nous

Entre nous, 2020, full HD video, 05:40', 16:9, stereo

An industrial seascape is filled with human presence. A seductive whisper recounts the job of an artist. This intimate soliloquy superposed with the distant images unfolds matters of youth, longing, love, and the organization of time and daily life in correlation to work.

Paulius Sliaupa Sonder

Sonder, 2019, full HD video, 12:51’, 16:9, dolby 5.1

Sonder is a non-narrative film that focuses on everyday life in different spaces: nature, the outskirts of a city, a winter night in the city and the macro world. Sonder responds to the feeling of realizing that everyone, even the ones you do not know, has a life as complex as yours. The shadows of people which appear in the film are suggestions that the film is a part of the bigger world shown through a subjective vision.

Featured events

470px Threshold Diego Lama

The Upper Hand

09/08/2020 - 10:00 30/08/2020 - 11:00
HISK Open Studios 2020, Oussama Tabti, photo Diego Lama

Open Studios 2020

18/09/2020 21/09/2020
  HISK - Open Studios
New Songs for Old Cities

New Songs for Old Cities

23/01/2021 28/02/2021
Netwerk Aalst, Houtkaai 15, Aalst, BE HISK - Exhibition
TBOT Aankondiging Website
  HISK - Digital Platform
The HISK Affair, 2021

The HISK Affair

24/06/2021 18/07/2021
Gosset site, Brussel, BE HISK - Exhibition
Sonsbeek Quadrennial, 2021

Sonsbeek 20>24. Agora

02/07/2021 29/08/2021
Sonsbeek Park, Arnhem, NL HISK - Exhibition
HISK studios. Photo by Dani Ghercă

Open Studios 2021

17/09/2021 20/09/2021
HISK, Leopoldskazerne, Eekhout 5, Gent, BE HISK - Open Studios
Paulius Šliaupa, 2021

Paulius Šliaupa. Gone by Daylight

04/10/2021 31/10/2021
Zebrastraat, Gent, BE Exhibition
Meggy Rustamova, 2021
Beursschouwburg, Brussel, BE Screening
Various Positions, 2021. Graphic design by Bernardo Berga

Various Positions

09/12/2021 30/01/2022
  HISK - Laureates Exhibition
Various Positions 2021 Catalogue

Book launch 'Various Positions'

15/01/2022 - 18:00 20:00
HISK Gosset site, Brussel, BE Book launch
AC 18 Affiche 0508 web 1

ArtContest 2022

01/09/2022 23/09/2022
Espace Vanderborght, Brussel, BE Exhibition
Paulius Sliaupa The monk

Paulius Šliaupa. Night Watch

03/09/2022 13/11/2022
The Huidenclub, Rotterdam, NL Exhibition