Viktorija Rybakova | Lithuania / Mexico

A visual artist, she completed a baccalaureate degree in Architecture from the Vilnius Art Academy in Lithuania, 2012. Rybakova started her career in architecture, and builds and designs objects and artist’s books. Her interest resides in the social life of things, the stories that surround them, the needs that keep them in circulation, and the conditions that configure said needs. She was a resident artist at the AIR Berlin Alexanderplatz in Berlin, Germany, 2014, the GSAPP’s Studio-X Residency in New York, USA, 2013, and the Rupert Educational Program in Vilnius, Lithuania, 2012 and 2013. She has been featured in exhibits at the Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania (2014); Taiga, Saint Petersburg, Russia (2014); Kunstverein, Toronto, Canada (2014); 16th Tallinn Print Triennial, Kumu Museum, Estonia (2014), where she won the Grand Prize for her artist’s book Shared Knowledge. Viktorija Rybakova lives and works in Vilnius.

Oo, a preview | 2013, video
The hypnotic voiceover compels us to dive into the pages of a book – here, a two-dimensional object expanded into the realm of verbal language, which articulates itself visually. Echoes from psychoanalysis cause the mind to wander in a way as affective and organic as it is controlled, and further underscored by the hybrid nature of the images. The dreamlike strength that drags us into the book appears to cycle back into its own semantic stratagem, giving us the very architecture forged by language. 

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