A visual, auditory, and poetic reimagining of Lithuanian traditions and Baltic folklore
Artist Jazmina Cininas takes audiences on a visual, auditory, and poetic reimagining of Lithuanian traditions and Baltic folklore. Through a diverse range of mediums, this exhibition offers an autoethnographic exploration of Jazmina’s Australian-Lithuanian cultural identity with a focus on environmentally sustainable art practices.
As a member of Melbourne-Lithuanian folk ensemble The Lost Clog, Jazmina creates striking percussive instruments from recycled materials. These intricate lagerphones, in the shapes of Lithuanian animals, are brought to life through performances which draw on universal themes of harvest, war, love, and loss.
Also included in the exhibition are Jazmina's handbound books from print ephemera that explore Baltic mythology, migration and the natural world, alongside a suite of photographs that explore Lithuanian-Australian otherness through the figure of the female werewolf.
The Sparrow and the Iron Wolf offers a celebration of a minority culture that spearheaded the first wave of post-war immigration and showcases the contribution of immigrant and refugee populations to Australia’s cultural fabric.
Image credit: Jazmina Cininas, Lagerphones. Photographed by Andrius Lipšys.