Joseph Wood “Where You Going?”
Where You Going? “Kur Eini?” documents a life in Lithuania during the last year of her national currency, the Litas, and the first year of her new currency, the Euro. This 2 year period in the country’s history is described from a personal perspective, as it is also an exploration of the artist’s new home, having recently migrated to Lithuania from the UK.
Aware of the irony that on January 1st, 2015, Lithuania adopted the Euro in the same week that the European Central Bank announced QE (quantitative easing) in the Euro zone on a scale never before seen: The project seeks to illustrate the fierce opinions of those for and against the new currency, and their equal hopes of an unknown future.
The work aims to raise debate on issues of class, identity and communal progress, while at the same time questioning the relationships between governments, citizens and the financial industry. These economies-driven debates are not only relevant in Lithuania right now, but also across the globe, where unstable financial markets and gangster capitalism continue to cause a wealth of problems. Forced economic measures will always benefit some, but the desire of a better future belongs to all. Will the new currency bring real long-term benefits to all Lithuanians? Or would it be better to follow an independent path?
Joseph Wood, born in 1982 UK, currently lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. He is a documentary photographer, working on a range of commissioned and personally initiated projects for local and international clients. Primarily interested in photography as a means of storytelling, particularly around environmental and social issues, he remains open to different subject matter. His work is held in private collections in the UK and has been exhibited internationally.
Joseph Wood exhibition “Where You Going?” open from 5:30 p.m. on 2 September 2015 at “F Gallery” (Žaliakalnis funicular Aušra st. 6). Funicular ticket cost 0,50 eur.
2 September – 30 October
I – V 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
VI – VII 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.