In his films, Deimantas Narkevičius brings profound scepticism and biting irony to bear on the belief of oneness of event, image and significance. But his work is marked equally strongly by a feeling for what film can do as film when it unburdens itself of the compulsion to deliver compact images of events. Methodical doubt breaks open the lock to the core of historical experience.
(Jan Verwoert, Images and Words, Festival Catalogue, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2014)
Narkevičius questions and reinterprets historical and political memory, particularly in reference to the profound social changes in post-WWII Lithuania and following the breakup of the Soviet Union. His work also acutely explores how symbols and meaning can shift through the cipher of time. In casting a powerful archaeological gaze upon past, present and future histories, Narkevičius allows powerful alternative narratives to emerge.
Once in the XX Century is a gallery-based exploration of the oeuvre of Lithuanian filmmaker Deimantas Narkevičius. The works included in the exhibition are: