At the end of October, Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts started the second season of its “Kiosk” temporary project space. The first show this year is a site-specific installation “Lighthouse” by the London-based Estonian artist Evy Jokhova. “Lighthouse” will be on show until 26th of November on the main (Taikos) street in Nida.
The Colony’s resident has transformed the former news stand into an eclectic lighthouse. For this installation, the artist has used two old Soviet rotating lanterns arranged at different height. The large windows are pasted up with geometric shapes of different colors and imitate the sun(rise/set). The work reacts to the extinction of the Nida lighthouse’s old rotating beam lantern. Almost a year ago, the old light signal was replaced by a LED flash. Along with it, the local cultural landscape has changed as well. About half a thousand people signed an online petition for the Nida lighthouse to be reverted to its former mode. Today, when the tourist season is over and days are becoming shorter, the installation by Evy Jokhova attempts to simulate daylight and the light beam of the dismounted lighthouse lantern.
Evy Jokhova (EE/ UK) obtained her MA Fine Art from the Royal College of Art in 2011; she also holds an MA Political Communications from Goldsmiths College, 2013. Jokhova has received numerous awards including the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award (2016), Royal Academy Schools Fellowship (2016‒18), Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) grant (2017), and Arts Council Individual Grants Award (2012). Residencies include Belvedere Museum Vienna/21er Haus (AT), BijlmAIR, Amsterdam (NL), Florence Trust, London (UK), Nida, (LT), Villa Lena (Tuscany, IT) amongst others. Solo exhibitions and projects include “The Shape of Ritual”, audio-visual installation & performance in the Wotruba Church supported 21er Haus, Vienna, AT (2017); “Towering in the conditions of fragments”, Passen-gers, London, UK (2017), reviewed in thisistomorrow; “Staccato” and site-specific installation in the chapel at House of St Barnabas, London with Marcelle Joseph Projects, UK (2016). She lives and works between Tallinn, Estonia and London, UK.
The project is partially funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. The patron of the project is Andrius Tamaliūnas.