In the spring of 2014, eager for US Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Lithuania, the country's public broadcaster announced his arrival at the Vilnius Airport. But a delay by the vice president in exiting the plane caused problems for the broadcaster's live coverage plans. The minutes past, and as the script that was prepared for the coverage ran out, the increasingly complex commentary focused on the visit's political dimension. Unexpectedly, the wait itself comes to be more significant than the actual visit. In the film a Lithuanian voice-over is added to the broadcast that was originally shown in Lithuanian.
Vitalij Strigunkov / Vitalijus Strigunkovas is a visual artist born in 1990 in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he continues to live and work. He studied at the Vilnius Justinas Vienožinskis School of Art, the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, and received his BFA and MFA from the Vilnius Academy of Arts. For the last few years, his artistic work has been featured in exhibitions.
Originally trained as a painter, as an artist he combines different media. His multifaceted projects incorporate found images and stories, actions, drawings, paintings, videos, and installations. In his work he explores the economy of symbolic capital while confronting it with cultural, social and political concerns.
Coverphoto: Vitalij Strigunkov, a film still from Waiting, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.