Adomas Narkevičius (b. 1992) is a Lithuanian curator and art historian based in London and Vilnius. Currently he is working on the notion of the untimely artwork as he reconsiders the “belatedness” of twentieth-century art in the Baltics. He is interested in nonlinear aspects of historical time as well as the body, sexuality, and the limits of representation. His MA dissertation “Defiant Bodies: Untimely Art in the Baltics Under Soviet Rule” at UCL, London, was awarded the Oxford Art Journal Prize in 2020. He also holds a BA in Philosophy from Vilnius University. Previously, he co-curated the JCDecaux Lithuanian Emerging Artist Award at the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (with Monika Kalinauskaitė, 2018–19), and ran and curated the Alternative Education Programme for emerging art practitioners as well as Public and Residencies programmes as a Curator at Rupert Centre for Art, Residencies and Education (2017–19). In 2016, he initiated Rupert’s Reading Room and Sound Art programming. Among his upcoming curatorial projects are the exhibition Authority Incorporeal at Rupert, Vilnius, which is part of the 14th Baltic Triennial, and a group exhibition at FUTURA, Prague (co-curated with Dina Akhmadeeva).
This essay brings together Baltic artists Anu Põder and Virgilijus Šonta, considering their mutual interest in human corporeality and non-heteronormative visuality to explore how their artwork reflects a disregard of official concerns of the late Soviet era, and sheds light on the blind spots of the homogenizing use of Western theoretical frameworks.