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Info Unltd Lina Lapelytė: Operatic Silences

12 April 2021

This episode was produced in collaboration with Nottingham Contemporary as a part of the series, ‘Arrested Times’

Lina Lapelyte is an artist living and working in London and Vilnius. She holds BA in classical violin, BA in Sound Arts and MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London. Her performance-based practice is rooted in music and flirts with pop culture, gender stereotypes, aging and nostalgia.Throughout her artistic career, Lapelytė has explored various forms of performativity, crossing genre boundaries while entwining folk rituals with popular music and opera formats, frequently using stylized expression, grotesque and conceptual musicality.

Her works Ladies (2015), Hunky Bluff (2014) and Candy Shop (2013/2015) were shown in different contexts and locations including the Serpentine Pavilion in London, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Venice Architecture Biennial and MACBA (Barcelona).

Her collaborative work with Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė and Vaiva Grainytė, opera Have a Good Day! holds several awards, its libretto is translated to 9 languages and its been touring extensively. Their newest durational performance work Sun and Sea (Marina) represented Lithuania at the Venice Biennale of Art in 2019 and received the Golden Lion award for the best national participation.

Most recent work Currents (2020) conceived together with Mantas Petraitis is a large scale site specific installation and performance (Instructions for the Woodcutters) commissioned by RIBOCA2.

Lina Lapelyte’s works were shown at the Riga Biennial – RIBOCA2, Cartier Foundation gallery, Paris (2019); Tel-aviv museum of art (2019), Kunsthalle Praha (2019); Waiting for another coming – CCA Ujazdowski, Warsaw (2018); Give up the ghost! – Baltic Triennial, Tallinn (2018); Undersong – KIM?, Riga (2018); Pirouette – Rupert (solo show, 2017); Magma, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius (2017); Moderna Museet, Malmo (2017); FIAC, Paris (2017), Baltic Pavilion, Venice Biennial, Venice (2016); Peculiar People, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea/Great Britain (2016); Double Bind, NILO, Reykjavik (2016) and Rupert, Vilnius (2015); Listening, Hayward touring show, Great Britain (2015); Block Universe, London (2015); Park Nights, Serpentine, London (2014); Baltic CCA, Newcastle (2014); Eye and Lense, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014); DRAF, London (2014); BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall (2012), London.

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