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In 2023, Imagine! le FITE is in Lithuania, crossing the country from east to west, from Vilnius to Kaunas and Nida on the Baltic Sea. The festive opening week of the biennale takes place from June 5 to 11, 2023, with the Imagine! exhibition at the House of Histories running from June 7, 2023 to October 29, 2023.
Fite 2022-2023

Imagine !

Whether it's the ability to visualize images from sensory or abstract perceptions, or a sensitive form derived from direct experience, imagination leads to a proposal, and once shared, it's a common project to follow for a better humanity. Like an injunction, the exclamation mark invites artists to entrust us with their suggestions, wild or utopian, for tomorrow and for improving human skills, while preserving our planet. This year, the FITE celebrates its 10th anniversary. It wants to give free rein to new imaginations, nourished by lucid hopes, rejecting beatitude and capitulation. The FITE proposes to rise up against submission and resignation to the cynical vision of the future. It makes hope revolutionary, "kindness a political act", and places human emotions and feelings at the center (Alexandra Rowland). In its main exhibition, FITE invites artists to imagine a new shared history, a new world that cares for the environment, new artistic practices and new forms of consumption, a new body and new materials to adorn it, a new world where humor and illusion intersect. FITE defends a space of freedom and creativity where imagination is born, a tool for emancipation and social transformation. In 2022, Clermont-Ferrand will come alive around this reflection, while in 2023, the FITE will visit several Lithuanian cities (Vilnius, Klaipeda, Kaunas, etc.) to present the work carried out in collaboration with the Vilnius Academy of Arts and a selection of international artists, enriched by heritage pieces at the House of Histories of the National Museum of Lithuania in Vilnius.
This year, 2022, the FITE has been awarded the Saison Croisée France Portugal label by the Institut Français. Contextile, an international biennial of contemporary textile art (Portugal), and FITE (France), are programming two exhibitions, two workshops and four artistic residencies in each of their respective countries. These exchanges will be made public during the Contextile biennial in Guimaraes from September 2 to October 30, 2022, and in Clermont-Ferrand during the FITE from September 20 to 25, 2022. In this context, the Musée d'Art Roger-Quilliot (MARQ) presents an exhibition of 10 Portuguese artists from September 15, 2022 to March 26, 2023, and 10 artists from France are welcomed at the Palais des Ducs de Bragance during Contextile.

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