Nowadays, there is no more need discuss the famous Shakespeare phrase “The whole world’s a stage”. Different branches of social sciences analyze the importance and existence of everyday rituals and roles. The image creation becomes one of the most important parts of advertising and entertainment industry. Although we may agree with the necessity of everyday roles and rituals, they might become an object of criticism.
There are 60 civil registry offices in Lithuania. It is a place for a couple officially to get married. During soviet times when the state was reorganized (the 50’s) social rituals had to change as well. It became the only place where a couple could get their marriage certificate. Those artificially constructed spaces suddenly had to become legalizing institutions and at the same time places of “celebration of life”. A church was completely replaced here. A new custom was placed into the society together with newly constructed spaces full of artificial sanctity.
After the fall of communism civil registry offices stayed and they still function as it was.
The principle of typology used in the series documents visual ways of soviet ideology but the author stays neutral leaving the audience to make its own conclusions.
Vilma Samulionyte was born in 1978 in Jonava in Lithuania. In 2009 she graduated from Film and TV school FAMU (Filmova Akedemie Muzickich Umeni) in Prague in the Czech Republic.
Vilma Samulionyte is actively working in a field of conceptual photography. She is a participant of traveling biennale 2013-2015 “Young European Talents”. In 2013 she was a laureate of Unesco / Aschberg Bursary for art residency at the Instituto Sacatar in Brazil. For two years she worked as a photographer in Saudi Arabia. Vilma Samulionyte participated in group and personal exhibitions in Lithuania, Czech Republic, Turkey, USA, Slovenia, Denmark etc. Now she lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania.