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Linkejimai/Wishes (1998)

Screening (free)

January 1, 2024, 1-4 pm

Writing by Veronika Ivanova & Danica Pinteric 

On the first day of 2024, Joys hosted a quiet, looping screening of Lithuanian artist Evaldas Jansas’ Linkejimai/Wishes (1998). Recorded on the days leading up to New Year’s Eve in 1998, Jansas asked passersby in Vilnius what they wished for for themselves and others at the dawn of a new year. The result is a sequence of candid talking heads of people reflecting on this question in various locales. One of the earliest works of video art from Lithuania, Linkejimai/Wishes offers a glimpse into the values, fantasies, and anxieties of Jansas’ subjects.

This event was co-curated by Veronika Ivanova, a curator, writer, and radio host who screens this work in some capacity at the beginning/end of each year.

Toronto-based Ashley Diana Culver of Soupy Club was invited to contribute a custom menu of hearty, vegan soups to accompany this screening.

Soup menu:

Wish for Lightness (2024)

Roasted Garlic & Potato Soup

Wish for Abundance (2024)

Brown Lentil Soup

Served with Pickled Red Onion & Mustard Seeds

Evaldas Jansas (born 1969, Kaunas) lives and works in Vilnius. Major exhibitions include “Futures” at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, “Another Crossroads of  Epochs” at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, “Enter 12” at the media arts festival in  Šiauliai, “Lithuanian Art 2000 – 2010: Ten Years” at the Contemporary Art Centre in  Vilnius, The X Baltic Triennial of International Art in Vilnius, “In My Own Juice,  Lithuanian Contemporary Art” at the Art Museum of Estonia in Tallinn, and most  recently, “Vilnius Poker” at the MO Museum in Vilnius. For more information on Jansas’ practice, please visit: