Art & Culture / Photography

Saturation Nation: Justinas Vilutis’ photographs of hyperreality

The artist playing with colour, light and your reality.

Born from the belief that there is no “authentic objective experience”, Justinas Vilutis’ images undeniably test your subjectivity. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the multi-disciplinary artist’s current practice focuses on subversive, content-driven design, print, photography and research. From mind-bending close-ups to slightly sickening creations, Vilutis’ vision of the world is hypnotic.

Citing the likes of Honey Boo Boo as inspiration, Justinas Vilutis’ influences are diverse – “from psychoanalysis and dialectical materialism” – and his references are as playful as they are sinister – “ from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and J. Dante’s Gremlins to F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu and N. Roeg’s The Witches”.

Currently showing in Lithuania, Justin Vilutis’ most recent work explores the latter references: “evil, transformation and alienation”. Entitled Fear Eats the Soul, the exhibition plays on Vilutis’ obsession with grotesque in his classic hyperreal style, and “portrays the subjects bound by predestination and decay.”

We look back at some of the highlights of Justinas Vilutis’ career so far so you too can have a taste of the captivating chaos. For more information on Fear Eats the Soul at Museum of Photography Museum of Siauliai Dawn, Lithuania, click here.

14 November 2019