Ieva Baltaduonyte (b.1988 in Kaunas, Lithuania) is an emerging lens based artist and graduate of the Photography BA programme at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Informed by her own personal experience of displacement, her work engages with topics and issues relating to migration and interculturalism.
Transnational migration is perhaps the most highly contested issue across Europe. Over the last twenty-years Ireland has experienced significant inward migration. For new arrivals spatial and temporal displacement is potentially traumatic, resulting in shifting identities where home can no longer be understood as a fixed knowable entity. Ieva is preoccupied with revealing personal and collective narratives where memory, history and language encourage a deeper engagement with cross-cultural dialogue.
By using photography for both personal expression and to foster a critical dialogue with contemporary society, she invites the viewer to participate in societal debates, foregrounding human experiences, and exposing what is otherwise obscured or ignored. Her carefully constructed projects combine politics and aesthetics inviting a dialogical relationship with the viewer.