International Performance “Fate of Bucha”

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  • Let the 364 days performance begin!

    One performance a day to commemorate the events in Bucha.

    The Center for Contemporary Art and Science (ŠMMC) is launching a yearlong international artistic social performance series called “Fate of Bucha” to honor the innocent victims of Bucha killings. The event begins on April 4.

    The author of the idea and performer is Tomas Lagunavicius who is a multi-disciplinary, mixed-media artist based in Lithuania. His creative work includes visual and performing arts and dates back to 2009. He had organized several personal exhibitions at the Contemporary Art and Science Center and art galleries.

    The artist is a member of various art associations, such as Association for Visual Arts (AVA), International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM), Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), International Association of Visual Artists (IAVA), National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), Association for Latin American Art (ALAA), Visual Artists Association (VVA), Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), etc.

    Tomas Lagūnavičius says, “The aim of the performance is to honor the innocent victims who died during the Russian soldiers’ attacks, to emphasize self-introspection, to think of what should be done differently and how can we prevent this from happening again?

    The goal of the performance is not to forget what happened in Bucha.

    The fortieth day of the war in Ukraine has begun. Things that happened in Bucha, Ukraine, during the 39 days of the war are incomprehensible. 410 civilians were killed by the Russian invaders and I believe that the numbers will change and the number of victims killed intentionally will be significantly higher. Mass graves, the killing of innocent civilians, robbery, sexual assaults, and much more that we do not even know and cannot even imagine. Russian cruelty has crossed all boundaries.

    The killing of civilians in a suburb of the Ukrainian capital, Bucha, was a “deliberate massacre” following the rapid withdrawal of Russian forces from the Kyiv region. Bucha’s mayor, Anatoly Fedoruk, said a mass grave at one church was still open, with hands and feet poking through the red clay heaped on top. This is an obvious genocide of the Ukrainian people. Similar war crimes were committed by Nazis (fascists) in Serebryanka. In this case, the Russians surpassed the Nazis in their cruelty.

    Therefore, The Center for Contemporary Art and Science will dedicate one minute every day throughout the year to the memory of those who were brutally murdered. Each day I will present a one-minute long video of silence showing my paintings.  

    I invite people from all over the world to join this campaign. Devote 1 minute each day in memory of the victims of Bucha. You can record a video reflecting war crimes in Bucha anywhere. Then send the video via email laisvalaikis@ksjmc.lt.

    My artistic goal is to remind people that we remember the victims of Bucha, and we are constantly thinking of how to prevent this from happening again. The daily routine should not push aside atrocities committed during the war.” 

  • Send a video via email laisvalaikis@ksjmc.lt.

  • 04/04/2022
  • https://youtu.be/S2BWSfeVzfg