Residency artists and researchers

Sculpture, installation art

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė

Artist duo

Dorota Gawęda (PL) and Eglė Kulbokaitė (LT) are an artist duo founded in 2013, living in Basel and Athens. In their work, they address feminist inspired theory and fiction, technology-driven emancipation and discursiveness of space. They are the founders of YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP (2013- ) and Agatha Valkyrie Ice (2014-).  With YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP, Gawęda and Kulbokaitė investigate the act of reading as an intimate experience, holding the potentiality to become public performance through the “outlouding” of words. Agatha Valkyrie Ice is a multi-platform, participatory, self-performance project and enquiry that functions as an artistic strategy to explore parallels in identity and artistic production.

During their stay at the Saari Residence, the duo will focus their research on investigating the phenomenon of “freeportism” from the perspective of the avatar Agatha Valkyrie Ice.

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė have recently exhibited their work at 13th Baltic Triennial at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius; Kunsthalle Basel; Institute of Contemporary Art in London; Art Athina; SMK- National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen; 1.1, Basel;  Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; SALTS, Basel; LISTE Performance Project; Berlin Biennale 9; CCS Bard, NY; Kunsthalle Zurich; Le Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris among others.