“Give Love a Chance”

6th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2012



Love. And hate. Which to choose? Can I choose? Maybe I can’t choose anything, I can only be. Watch. Listen. Without looking. Taking no interest. But that gets on my nerves. I don’t agree; I totally disagree. I’m opposed, since I’m overcome by anger. If I choose nothing, it chooses me; and my heart and mind are flooded with hate. I’m an old person, tired of the anger and lies of life; I choose love. Not because I would like it. I simply have nothing else to choose. I am convinced that since we are here, it’s not much of a choice. I chose because, to be honest, I had no other option. The subject of this exhibition is “Love”. A silly and hopeless subject, when all around us war is raging, the bloody ‘spring’ has become an even bloodier winter, with coercion, starvation and excess. “Love” is a nice word, but what can we produce for such a topic? A moral anachronism? What is love? A falling star. Nice… You see it and full of joy you say: “Oh…”. But it’s already gone. And it’s dark again.

“Love”. It’s strange, and these days you could say it’s almost an infantile subject for an exhibition. Even stranger are those who have decided to take part in the “6th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2012”. Maybe it’s simply a matter of them choosing to “give love a chance*”. Maybe they are the ones who look at the sky, waiting for falling stars. I don’t know. I have no answer. But I am thankful to them.

Kestutis Vasiliunas
curator of the Triennial

*John Lennon “Give Peace a Chance”


Giotto di Bondone (1266–1337) “Crucifixion” 1304-1306 Cappella Scrovegni, Padua, Italy




© Text: Kestutis Vasiliunas
© Circle “Bokartas”, Kestutis Vasiliunas