A Garden for Autarkia

A project of Saskia Fischer in collaboration with Lukas Strolia. Continuing in and around Vilnius as long as the flowers grow.

with contributions by Sara Rodrigues, Lindsay Seers, Lukas Strolia, Delta Mityba, Nerijus Rimkus, Borbála Soós, Saskia Fischer, and more as we continue.

Indulging in greenery, a place that feels comforting and welcoming, calm, nurturing and warm, friendly, sunny, colorful, happy. Picking herbs, apples, berries and tomatoes, sitting outside, enjoying the sun, eating food, drinking wine, making a fire, being with friends—our laughter is only interrupted by the humming and chirping of bees and birds.

Isn’t this a relatable longing? Can a garden be more than a romantic thought? Beyond its most obvious notions, what can a garden be? What forms can it take?

What does cultural work have to do with cultivation? The crops we raise, the way we plant, harvest, process, preserve, eat and with whom we share our meals—what are the traces these actions leave in our material and social environments? Is gardening a political practice?

Within A Garden for Autarkia we are curious to study concepts and methods of gardening from our extended community of neighbors, friends, horticulturists, artists, designers, writers, cultural workers, activists and researchers.

Unique to most art organizations, Autarkia shares its physical space with the restaurant Delta Mityba. It is where we would warmly like to invite you to come for a visit and meet with us.

Act one
Wednesday 9 June

First sewing of wildflower seeds
Saskia Fischer, Lukas Strolia

Act two
Tuesday 15 June

Wildflower seed distribution workshop

Saskia Fischer, Lukas Strolia

Film screening
‘In the beginning there was a box’, Sara Rodrigues

Act three
from August

Film installation
‘In the beginning there was a box’, Sara Rodrigues

Drawings, sunflower seeds, and text
Lindsay Seers

Act four
Sunday 12 September

Part of Vilnius gallery weekend 2021

A collaborative workshop with
Sara Rodrigues and Delta Mityba

Launch of AGfA poster edition by
Nerijus Rimkus and Bori Soos

Artist Sara Rodrigues and Delta Mityba (Jonas Palekas) collaborate on a workshop inspired by Sara’s video ‘In the beginning there was a box’, presenting tactics for local, sustainable food production and use. Sara Rodrigues will invite to make a box-garden for the beginning of a more sustainable life, and Delta Mityba chef Jonas Palekas will present the process of making kimchi. Autarkia will also launch a new poster edition from designer Nerijus Rimkus and curator Borbála Soós.

Further acts to be announced

Installation view. ‘In the beginning there was a box’, Sara Rodrigues
Wildflower seed distribution workshop. Saskia Fischer, Lukas Strolia



Pirmoji “Autarkia Performs” ciklo dalis, skirta 14-ajai Baltijos trienalei.

Lengva mylėti tuos, kurie mums patinka. Kaip mylėti tuos kitus?

Mūsų tėvai sugriovė Berlyno Sieną, bet kodėl mes ir toliau gyvename senojo padalinto, atskirto pasaulio taisyklėmis? Plytos dužo, kapitalas liejasi laisvai, o meilė? Kodėl mes nuolat krentame į tuos pačius neapykantos ir destrukcijos griovius?

Autarkia menininkų dienos centras kviečia švęsti paliaubas. Ar įkaitusi tarptautinė politinė aplinka ir komplikuota istorija galioja ir tariamai kitokiam meno pasauliui? Ar menas yra pagrindas pradėti po truputį kurti alternatyvią pagarbos, įtraukties ir sveiko proto visatą?

Tai takus poistorinis įvykis, permezgantis bendruomenės ryšius, apimantis muziką, gastronomiją, performansą, komediją ir architektūrinius vyksnius. Susidurime dalyvauja Lubomir Grzelak, Robertas Narkus, Lukas Strolia, Olegas Šurajevas, Elena Veleckaitė, Sniegė Naku, vietiniai vaikai, „Delta Mityba“ (Kotryna Butautytė, Saulė Gerikaitė, Jonas Palekas, Dominykas Saliamonas Kaupas ir Maria Tsoy) ir kiti.

Organizuoja JL Murtaugh, Robertas Narkus

Projektą finansuoja Lietuvos kultūros taryba

Part one of “Autarkia Performs”, a series for the 14th Baltic Triennial.

It is easy to love the ones we like. How can we love others?

The generation of artists growing up through the Berlin Wall’s end still wonders how long we must live according to the rules of the old divided, segregated world. Bricks collapsed so capital might freely cross the borders, but what about love? Why do we keep on falling into the same pitfalls of hatred and destruction?

Autarkia, an artists’ day care center, invites all to celebrate the ceasefire. Do the heated international political environment and complicated history also apply to the supposedly different world of art? Is art a ground to begin building, little by little, an alternative universe of respect, inclusion, and common sense?

Kontakt is a fluid post-historic event reforging community bonds, incorporating acts of music, food, performance, comedy, and architecture. The gathering includes contributions from Lubomir Grzelak, Robertas Narkus, Lukas Strolia, Oleg Šurajev, Elena Veleckaitė, Sniegė Naku, local children, ‘Delta Mityba’ (Kotryna Butautytė, Saulė Gerikaitė, Jonas Palekas, Dominykas Saliamonas Kaupas and Maria Tsoy), and others.

Organized by JL Murtaugh, Robertas Narkus

‘Autarkia Performs’ is supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture


High Limits

When faced with crisis, humanity looks for answers. For good or ill, invention grows in the wake of stagnation and contradiction, initiating a voyage to the unknowable. To the heavens, through hymns. Within the cards, amongst the leaves. In silicon, in science.

Our prior year’s cycle of meditation presented an extended opportunity to change our pace, reconsidering fundamental elements of life and practice. We did this by attempting an audacious and global answer when such plans appeared difficult. Together, we questioned whom and what we work toward when the corporeal experience becomes impossible, or at least impractical.

High Limits is Autarkia’s latest initiative, featuring new commissions from international artists, most of whom are engaging online space for the first time. More than a static exhibition with a fixed running time, High Limits is an ongoing platform to supplement Autarkia’s physical spaces. Its non-space will background a public programme of activities in the months following launch, remaining open for expansion with future artist interventions.

A project of Autarkia, organized by JL Murtaugh, Robertas Narkus

Commissions from Seecum Cheung, Cole Lu, Robertas Narkus, Ignas Pavliukevičius

Graphic design by Nerijus Rimkus, coordinated by Lukas Strolia.

High Limits is initiated in collaboration between Seecum Cheung, Cole Lu, Robertas Narkus, Ignas Pavliukevičius, Antanas Skucas, Mantas Talmantas, Emma Rae Bruml Norton, Jonas Narbutas, Joris Cižikas, Indrė Liutkutė, Laura Kaminskaitė.

Produced with the support of the Lithuanian Council for Culture

We are very grateful to our supporters, patreons and Monika Mačiulytė.


Cole Lu / Bri Williams

Syndicate at NADA Miami 2020
a joint presentation with Et Al. in San Francisco and Vilnius
hosted by Autarkia
1 – 5 December 2020

The presentation consists of two exhibitions in both San Francisco, USA (at Et Al, Chinatown) and Vilnius, Lithuania (at Syndicate’s new space, hosted by Autarkia).

Building on the past collaborations between the galleries, the latest takes place in the context of a dislocated NADA Miami. A sharp contrast to the hub of activity hosted by the sea each winter, the participants are instead separated by thousands of miles, and seeing each portion live is impossible.

New sculptures by Cole Lu reframe the gap through the founding mythologies of interstellar travel, and Bri Williams’ works turn simultaneously inward half a world apart.

Cole Lu is an artist and writer originally from Taipei and based in New York. He previously collaborated with Syndicate for FAIR by NADA 2020; The Third Lie for Poppositions Brussels 2019, The Patio at Arcade Gallery, London; and a performance at NADA New York 2017. Upcoming projects include Autoitalia, London; Nir Altman, Munich; and Autarkia, Vilnius.

Bri Williams is an artist who works primarily in sculpture. Solo exhibitions include Murmurs, Los Angeles; Queer Thoughts, New York, and Interface, Oakland. Williams’ work has been presented in group exhibitions at Ochi Projects, Karma International, and Ramiken Crucible (all Los Angeles). Williams will have a solo show at Et al. in San Francisco in 2021.



It happens you fail, fail, fail, fail and then suddenly you fail so big, then you fail, fail, fail, fail. Just can’t find it. The breakthroughs of political thought, culture or science strike at the darkest hours of humankind. So was the the XVII century, on the one hand it is an Age of Enlightenment, geographical discoveries, city development, on the other historians call this period “The big Crisis”—countries scatter, so did Lithuanian-Polish commonwealth, wars and plagues are raging, in this spree the consciousness of the city-dweller rises, new class is born, academies of science and art emerge and salons stage their first exhibitions.

Robertas Narkus, Laura Kaminskaitė

Participating artists
Neringa Černiauskaitė ir Ugnius Gelguda (Pakui Hardware), Eglė Kulbokaitė ir Dorota Gaweda (Young Girls Reading Group), Laura Kaminskaitė, Dalia Dūdėnaitė, Ona Juciūtė, Anastasija Sosunova, Beatričė Mockevičiūtė, Viktorija Damerell, Viltė Bražiūnaitė ir Tomas Sinkevičius, Monika Kalinauskaitė, Rūtenė Merkliopaitė, Gabrielė Adomaitytė, Ieva Rojūtė, Žygimantas Kudirka, Nerijus Rimkus, Indrė Šerpytytė, Neringa Vasiliauskaitė, Austėja Vilkaitytė, Monika Janulevičiūtė ir Antanas Lučiūnas, Emilė Skolevičiūtė, Patricija Jurkšaitytė, Jurga Barilaitė, Eglė Karpavičiūtė, Raimundas Malašauskas, Deimantas Narkevičius, Nomeda ir Gediminas Urbonai, Artūras Raila, Dainius Liškevičius, K. Bogdana(s), Gintautas Trimakas, Robertas Narkus, Antanas Gerlikas, Juozas Laivys, Gediminas G. Akstinas, Kazimieras Sližys, Jokūbas Čižikas, Donatas Jankauskas (Duonis), Žilvinas Landzbergas, Vytautas Viržbickas, Augustas Serapinas, Andrej Polukord, Vytenis Burokas, Ignas Krunglevičius, Paulius Petraitis, Vitalijus Strigunkovas, Kristijonas Naglis Zakaras, Rokas Valiauga, Rytis Urbanskas, Matas Janušonis, Kalendra, Egidijus ir Remigujus Praspaliauskai, Rokas Pralgauskas, Ugnė Straigytė, Gabrielė Gervickaitė, Mikko Kuorinki, Alex Bailey ir Krõõt Juurak, Kaspars Groševs, Nicholas Matranga and others.



A poetry slam night in “Autarkia” in collaboration with e-journal “Abstract Stylist”.




Two year anniversary

This Friday we celebrate two years anniversary. Is that a moment to look backwards? What happened and what will happen next?

We would be very glad to see you from 22.00 for an evening program.

Best presents are your friendship and partners: we will celebrate together with “JCDecaux prize 2018: Dignity” at CAC exhibition participants and nominees. More than that: a special set from creative collective “Pinigų uostas”.


Andrej Polukord “Pjauti grybą”/”To cut the mushroom”

“Today we were walking in the forest and found a lot of ‘šrotas’ (in Lithuanian slang, goes for scraps of metal parts) there was a some shooting range, someone was burning micro schemes… What would you say if we would make a mushroom sorting manufacture at yours? We announce an open call to collect and bring mushrooms, mushrooms that were found in the forest or in the city. I would go in the morning to fill the whole Golf (model of WV car), maybe I’ll invite friends to help me and then we bring everything to Autarkia.

Everyone brings the mushrooms before 22.00 we throw everything on the tables and start sorting out, clean them with some sort of swords. In two piles- mushrooms and metal pieces (bolts, hinges, tin cans, locks ant etc.) We sort and clean so to say. And we use knifes and swords from my collection” – from the conversation with Andrej Polukord