Wednesday / March 21, 2018 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
"You're about three decades too late, hun," said the secretary at the Panevezys city archive. "We piled all those Soviet documents in a wheelbarrow, took them out back, and burned them. Don't forget; it was a revolution."
SODAS: A Memoir, begins to piece together the dissipating history of Lithuania's gardening communities. In Lithuanian, collective gardening communities are simply called, "Sodas". Since gaining its independence from the Soviet Union in 1990, Lithuania's government has neglected to recognize the communities as essential parts of their cities and their existence as a significant factor in Lithuania's history and culture. Without any regulation, this oversight has led to haphazard conditions as the communities transition into modern developments. Through a compiled record of historical documentation, personal stories, and future proposals, this project hopes to promote interest in the gardening communities' preservation for future generations.
Although Ruta immigrated to the US at the age of three, she spent every summer growing up back in Lithuania at her grandparent's community garden. The influence of the summers spent at the gardens is prominent in her colorful, patterned work. Ruta recently graduated from UIC and is a recipient of the 2017 AIA Chicago Foundation's Martin Roche Travel Scholarship. The 2018 Scholarship deadline is April 6. Learn how to apply.
Refreshments at 5:30pm, program at 6:00 pm.