Deividas Vytautas 


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Lithuanian artist (b. 1996, USA) working across video, animation, print and installation.

Vilnius/London/Berlin

MA Royal College of Art 2022

Selected Work

// tight grip, it makes me feel safe
// Entanglement
// Mutant
// Portraits


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Mark

tight grip, it makes me feel safe (2021)



tight grip, it makes me feel safe is an immersive moving image installation that drifts between reality and fiction; acting as an archive of the collective post-Soviet queer experience, it encapsulates the power of desire, rage and hope. The project was developed and captured as an intimate performance set in a liminal place reflecting the broken-down present.

The nameless characters of the film are engaged in ritualistic acts of constriction, writhing through the dense air while binding themselves and each other. Exhibiting monstrous traits that mark them as Other, they operate unaware of a viral entity that is continuously dominating their shifting environment. A soft voice carries through the film, narrating fragmented memories, emotions and dreams. Repressed subconscious desires become an internal force that carries the potential to break the veneer of a constructed truth.

HD video installation with sound, 21 min.

Commissioned by JCDecaux & Contemporary Art Centre as part of the exhibition “Spaces”

*winner of JCDecaux Award 2021

tight grip, it makes me feel safe, video still

tight grip, it makes me feel safe, video still


tight grip, it makes me feel safe, video still


tight grip, it makes me feel safe, installation at Lithuanian Composers' Union as part of the JCDecaux Award 2021


tight grip, it makes me feel safe, installation at Lithuanian Composers' Union as part of the JCDecaux Award 2021


Mark