Exhibiting Jonas Mekas: Causes and Narratives (summary)

Lolita Jablonskienė (PDF)

Based on the exhibition history approach and theories conceptualising the convergence of avant-garde cinema and contemporary moving images, the article analyses a little-explored field related to the diverse creative practice of the renowned independent filmmaker and organiser of avant-garde cinema, writer and poet Jonas Mekas (1922–2019) – some of the most significant of his solo exhibitions that took place in the 2000s–2020s. The discourses and narratives that unfolded in their curation, which are continuing, supplementing, or changing the discrete perception of Mekas’s different professional roles, are discussed.

Key words: Jonas Mekas, curation, expanded cinema, contemporaneity, archive, immigrant cinema