Emilija Skarnulyte´s work consists of a series of politically active visions, in which she investigates reality with a political and poetic approach.

Emilija Škarnulytė (b.1987)–Lithuanian visual artist and filmmaker based in Tromsø. My work consists of a series of politically active visions, in which I investigate reality with a political and poetic approach. My films look into the cross sections of invisible structures and geological ungrounding processes. I am interested in the dialogue between art and science. My films look into a relation between art and science, storytelling, truth and poetics of language created by science.

My films have been screened in various International Art events and Film festivals such as La Biennale di Venezia – 15th International Architecture Exhibition (2016, Italy); International Rotterdam Film Festival (The Netherlands, 2015); Manifesta 10 (Russia, 2014), 31st Sao Paulo Biennial (Brazil, 2014); Pompidou Film Festival Hors Pistes (France, 2014); and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany, 2013).

My films explore geological temporality to human temporality and the event of the Anthropocene aiming to prolong and heighten the disturbing care for the invisible, the unspeakable, the silent vastness of the geological realm. I am aiming to investigate the concepts such as loss, void and concealed structures. These themes relate to the projects I have completed last years in international and local contemporary art scene.

I am also a founder of Polar Film Lab for analogue film practice located in Tromsø. Polar Film Lab has working facilities, film screenings, master classes and workshops for everyone interested in working with film material. The lab is a space for exchange and engagement of ideas around analogue and experimental film. The collective works independently and in collaboration with other local & international collectives, institutions, and film festivals.



2012-2013 MA in Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, Tromsø, Norway

2007-2010 BA in Sculpture in The Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Italy



Solo Exhibitions

2017          (Upcoming) Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, NOR

2015          ØSO LENS, CAC Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, LT

2014          Hollow Earth: Prospecting For Speculative Pleasure, Sortlandand and Bodø Kunstforening, NO

2013          Kaiku gallery, Kuva, Helsinki, FI

2013          The Geology of Morals, MACK brewery factory, Tromsø, NO

2013          Hollow Earth (w. Tanya Busse), Festspillene i NordNorge, Harstad, NO

2012          Aldona, MACK brewery factory, Tromsø, NO

2011          The Valley of a Missing City, Galery Vartai, LT

2011          Silent Metamorphosis, Milano, Francesco Zanuso space, Milano, IT

2011          Limbic system, Studio 56 invites The Film gallery, Paris, FR

2009          I love Pakistan and Pakistan loves me, Leonidu 15, Athens, GR

2007          Lithuanian National UNESCO Exhibition Hall, Vilnius, LT


Selected Group Exhibitions


2017          (Upcoming) Marfa Contemporary, Texas, US

2016         (Upcoming) Kunsthalle Tallinn, ES

2016          Baltic Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale, IT

2016         Part of Heterotropics, Museum Perron Oost, Amsterdam, NL

2016          Joy and Mirror. Port City, Riga, LV

2016          Göteborgs Konsthall,Göteborg, SE

2015          Høstutstillingen, Oslo, NO

2015          Olavsvern Royal Norwegian Navy Base, Kurant, Tromsø, NO

2015          Artists’ Film International Season 7, organized by Whitechapel Gallery, London

2015          Sámi Contemporary, Latent River, Berlin, DE

2015          Notes on Orientalism | Video Practices at the Age of Radical Difference, Viafarini, Milan, IT

2015          Hollow Earth, Avtryyk, Svolvær Kunstforening, NO

2014          Universe in Universes, w. Como Clube, 31st São Paulo Biennial , São Paulo, BR

2014          Manifesta 10, Saint Petersburg, RU

2014          Gimme Shelter, Tromsø Kunstforening, NO

2014          Galerie NoD Mini, I Don’t Remember,Prague, CZ

2013          Import/Export, Magneetti Foundation, Tornio, Rovaniemi FI

2013          Melancholy lover of a vanished space, Silverlens gallery, SG

2013          Trip and Travelling. Introduction / What is missing? KCCC, Klaipėda, LT

2012          Coordinalate Ellittiche, Careof Docva, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, IT

2012          Sharp Edges Have Been Blunted, Sami Center for Contemporary Art Center, Karasjok, NO

2012          Heracleum Troemensis, Kurant, Tromsø, NO

2012          What a Mess,Independent Art Fair 2012,Fredrikstad, NO

2012          Timeout, MA exhibition, Kurant, Tromsø, NO

2012          Consequence / Sequence, Small projects, Tromsø, NO

2011          PLUGIN videoart, Brescia, IT

2011          Space Beam, Baedari, Incheon, KR

2010          RM gallery, Auckland, NZ

2010          Gunsan art in residence, Gunsan, KR

2010          Space Beam, Baedari, Incheon, KR

2010          Invisibile, Ciocca Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italy

2009          Salon 1, Milano, IT

2008          Villa Lita, Linate, Milano, IT

2007          JFK photography exhibition, Prospectus gallery, Vilnius, LT

2007          United photography exhibition, City library, Druskininkai, LT

2007          El Circolo, Valencia, Spain

2007          Calvino, Lodz, Patio Centrum Sztuki, PL

2007          Calvino, Poznan, Akademia Sztuk Pieknych, PL

2007          Calvino Urbino, Museo dell´Citta´, IT

2007          Calvino Granada, Museo Casa de los Tiros, ES


Festivals and Screenings


2016          Close Encounters of No Kind II, Cinémathèque Leipzig, DE

2015          IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2015          LIAF International Art Festival, Latent River, Svolvær, NO

2015          Cesis Art Festival, Latvia

2015          FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival, Espinho, Portugal

2015          International Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, UK

2015          Short Waves, Poznan, PL

2015          Cinémathèque Leipzig, Close Encounters of No Kind II, DE

2015          Montenegro Film Festival, ME

2015          TIFF, Beyond horizons programme, produced by Atelier Nord, NO

2015          Cyberfest, Luda Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

2015          NNKS,Obsession and Duty, Svolvær, Norway

2015          Cyberfest, NY Media Center, New York, US

2015          Artists’ Film International Season 7, organized by Whitechapel Gallery, invited by TKF:

2015          (Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, TUR

2015          CCAA / Centre for Contemporary Art Afghanistan

2015          Ballroom Marfa, USA

2015          BelgradCultural Centre, Serbia

2015          Cinémathèque de Tanger, Morocco

2015          City Gallery Kfar Saba, Israel

2015          City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand

2015          Fundación PRóA, Argentina

2015          GAMeC / Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy

2015          Hanoi DOCLAB, Vietnam

2015          KINOKINO Centre for Art and Film, Norway

2015          Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k), Germany

2015          Para/Site, China

2015          Project 88, India

2015          Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway

2015          NCCA / National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Russia

2015          Whitechapel Gallery, UK)

2014          31st São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, BR

2014          Manifesta 10, Saint Petersburg, RU

2014          31st Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, DE

2014          21st Barcelona Independent Film Festival l’Alternativa, Barcelona, ES

2014          Scala Film Festival, North Wales, UK

2014          Reihe Experimentalfilm Minifestival, Leipzig, DE

2014          EIFF Edinburgh International Film Festival, Black Box, Commodification-Appropriation, Scotland, UK

2014          European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck, DE

2014          Festival of Central and Eastern European Film «Go East», Wiesbaden, DE

2014          Hors Pistes 2014, The Window and The Film Gallery, Paris, FR

2014          Vilnius International Film Festival «Kino pavasaris», LT

2014          Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival «Kratkimetar», RS

2014          Dhaka International Film Festival, BD

2014          Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax NS, CA

2013          International Short Film Festival OBERHAUSEN, International Competition, DE

2013          LUMEN 2013, video and performance art festival, Staten Island Art, NY

2013          International Film Festival Hannover, DE

2013          International Festival Signes du Nuit Paris, FR

2013          International Short Film Festival Vilnius Films Shorts, LT

2013          Kaunas International Film Festival, CAC Vilnius, LT

2013          Kaunas International Film Festival, M. Zilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas, LT

2013          Message to Man International Film Festival, Saint-Petersburg, RU

2013          Kinoshock Film Festival 2013, Anapa, RU

2013          Lithuanian cinema day, Cinematek Oslo, NO

2013          Curitiba Film Festival, Parana State, BR

2013          Sorocaba and Votorantim Film Festival, Sao Paulo State, BR

2013          Ribeirao Preto Film Festival, Sao Paulo State, BR

2013          Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, BR

2013          EIFF Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland, UK

2013          Verdensteatret cinema, Tromsø, NO

2013          NUFF, Tromsø, NO

2013          CAMP1 festival, Halle, DE

2013          OFF & FREE International Film Festival, Seoul Museum of Art (SEMA), KR

2013          Walzenlager Cinema, Oberhausen, DE

2012          Lithuanian Art 2012, CAC Vilnius, LT

2011          International Short Film Festival Vilnius Films Shorts, Vilnius, Lithuania

2010          Pastrami Recordings and Others, Union Docks, Brooklyn, NYC


Concerts and sound performances


2015          LIAF International Art Festival, artist talk with Tanya Busse, NO

2014          Tromsø Dollz Arkestra, 31st São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, BR

2014          Volcanic Winter, Kunstforening, NO

2014          Fervo, Small Projects, Tromsø, NO

2014          Tromsø Dollz Arkestra, PAF, NO

2014          Tromsø Dollz Arkestra, ComoClube, Sao Paolo. BR

2013          Cryptoexplosion, No Place Rising, Insomnia festival, Kurant, Norway

2013          Tromsø Dollz Arkestra, MACK brewery factory, Tromsø, NO

2013          LIAF International Art Festival, with Tromsø Dollz Arkestra, Kabelvåg, NO

2012          Music for The Stairs, (Composer: Simon Daniel Tegnander) Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, NO

2012          No Place Rising (w Hans Christian van Nijkerk),Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, NO

2012          No Place Rising, (w Hans Christian van Nijkerk), Careof Docva, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, IT

2012          HAARP Sci-Fi opera, (w Lisa Helstrøm Jørgensen) Kurant, Tromsø, NO




2014          Superficial issue, 2014 edition of 200

2014          Prospecting For Speculative Pleasure, Newspaper, NO edition of 8000

2013          Hollow Earth, artist publication, NO edition of 75

2011          Satisfiction Art, art magazine, Fondazione Gianfranco Ferre´, IT edition 10 000

2010          Space Beam, catalogue, KOR edition 1000

2010          Wave length, artist publication, KOR edition 300


Book fairs


2014          The New York Art Book Fair, Hollow Earth publication selected by Printed Matter




2014          Nominated for the best documentary, 13th Dhaka International Film Festival

2013          Nominated for the best short film, EIFF Edinburgh International Film Festival

2013          Special Jury Mention in Vilnius International Short Film Festival




2016 -2018 Artist working grant, Kulturrådet, Norway

2015            Anne og Jakob Weidemanns stipend, Høstutstillingen, Norway

2015            Artist working grant, diversestipend, Kulturrådet, Norway

2014            Artist working grant, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, NBK

2013            Travel Grant, Nordnorsk Filmsenter, Norway

2014            Kulturrådet, Arts Council support Geology of Morals, Norway

2014            Travel Grant – Office of Contemporary Art Norway, Latent River, 31st São Paulo Biennial

2013            Artist work grant, Troms fylkeskommune, Tromsø, Norway

2013            Travel Grant, Nordnorsk Filmsenter, Norway

2013            Northern Norway Public Art Commission (Festspillene I Nord Norge)

2013            Kulturrådet, Arts Council support for Hollow Earth project, Norway

2013            Troms fylkeskommune support for Hollow Earth project, Norway

2012            Lo schermo dell´arte 2012 grant for workshop, Italy

2009            National premium of MIUR for video art, Italy




2014 UKS, NNBK and NBK




2016         (OCA) Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

2015         Joy and Mirror, Athens, Greece

2015         ABH/ AiR Helgeland-Berlin in ZK/U, Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin

2015          Kunstnerhytta i Ny-Ålesund, NBK, Norway

2015          Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dale, Norway

2014          Krems Air, Austria

2014          AIR Barents, Arkhangelsk, Russia

2014          ComoKlubbe artist-in-residence program, Sao Paolo, Brazil

2013          AIR Svalbard, Svalbard, Norway

2012          Kaman Art Foundation Artist-in-Residence, Jetpur Village, Rajasthan, India

2011          Space Beam, Incheon, South Korea

2010          Tutok space, Manila, Philippines

2010          Artists-in-Residence Programme, Gunsan, South Korea

2010          Space Beam, Incheon, South Korea




2015         Feature Expanded- European intensive training program for visual artists producing their first feature film

2012        International Film Festival Lo schermo dell´arte workshop, Florence, Italy

2012         Unigrow project, Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin, Germany

2012         Jooap, Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Tromsø, Norway

2012         Gallery D.O.R., Tromsø, Norway

2012         Sattaoutside 16mm film workshop with LaborBerlin, Sventoji, Lithuania

2011          8mm film workshop, Nida Art Colony, Lithuania

2011          16mm film workshop in Filmkoop Wein, Austria

2008         Sculpture workshop in Grancona, Italy

2008        Sculpture workshop in Delfi, Greece