Deimantas Narkevicius

Never Backwards

1994

Original title
Niekada atgal
Medium
Wood and paraffin
Dimensions
Object: 800 x 1190 x 650 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 2008
Reference
T12779

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Narkevicius altered a child’s wooden cot by cutting away sections of the rails and filling it with paraffin, destroying the object’s original function and reminding us that we can never go back in time. As he states, ‘Human beings cannot become little again and go sleeping in a baby crib. On the other hand the title has reference to...cultural development. It cannot go backwards as it would be regression’. In this way Narkevicius stages a strange domestic scene which is at once highly personal yet almost universal.

Gallery label, April 2012