Make Sauka’s “Mother” Talk | MO
Make Sauka’s “Mother” Talk
2019 05 08 – 2019 05 27

Could you imagine a conversation with an artwork? This project gives us a chance to find answers to some interesting questions about the painting.

The idea of this interactive project was born in 2018 during the art hackathon called hARTckathon in which MO Museum and LOGIN festival joined their creative forces. The winners of hARTckathon suggested creating an interactive tool which would allow to communicate with the artwork personally. The main concept of this project is to arouse interest in modern art. Using your smartphone you will be able to learn more about the author and to understand the origin of the painting.

How to make an artwork talk?

  1. Scan the QR code with your smartphone’s QR scanner app. (If you use iPhone you can scan the QR code with your camera). 
  2. Click the Facebook Messenger icon with a message “Open in Messenger” which will show on the screen.
  3. The app will open on the phone screen and you will be able to start start a conversation with Šarūnas Sauka’s artwork Mother. Just choose a question you like. 

NOTE: if you want to talk to Šarūnas Sauka’s Mother you need to have Facebook Messenger app on your phone. A conversation with the painting is held in English. 

Authors: Rokas Aleliūnas, Giedrė Ramanauskaitė and Raimundas Banikonis

Šarūnas Sauka, one of the most famous Lithuanian painters, painted the majority of his works in the 80s and the 90s. In the field of Lithuanian art, it is hard to confuse the artist with someone else because of the large format of his canvas and realistic horrendous scenes. Author of dramatic stories often explores the themes of eerie ceremonies, creepy rituals or hell and purgatory visions. In his paintings, the artist creates a mythical world full of human-animal hybrids, lepers or figures of saints. When creating various characters, Sauka often uses his self-portrait. In the painting Mother, we can find some elements of his self-portrait as well: the woman on her knees has Sauka’s face. The macabre scene of the execution ceremony depicts the drama of the relationship between the mother and her son. The author symbolically materializes himself in the body of a woman-mother and analyses psychological motives and reasons of our actions.

Šarūnas Sauka, Mother, 2012
Canvas, oil
201 × 220

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