If you’re listening to this recording, then you’ve just arrived in a place situated between a dream and reality. Reality is this Volkswagen Golf with missing tires. The dream, on the other hand, lives in the images of luxury cars on Turbo chewing gum wrappers stuck on the main entrance doors to MO Museum. You’ve been invited onto a Rose-Strewn Path by artist Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė. Her work, which you see here, was begun in 2007, and tells the story of the realities of life in the 1990s – like when the owner of this car would sometimes wake up in the morning and see the tires stolen from his VW.
But this work also tells the story of a dream. Turbo chewing gum wrappers ignited and embodied dreams of different cars and different lives. Children and teens would collect the wrappers, but their parents had their own dreams, too. Reality and dreams are linked here by the flowers stitched onto the outside of the car, images that are both a warning and a sign of regret: A warning reminding us that the path to dreams in the 1990s was not always strewn with roses, and regret that daredevil drivers in that era often met tragic ends on Lithuania’s roads. Today, Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė’s decorated car might be saying to us: There’s no need to hurry. Just walk through the doors of MO Museum and the dreams pasted on them and start your journey to the world of the 1990s – from reality to dreams and back again.