Lina Lapelytė Brussels / Vilnius
Lina Lapelytė (b.1984 Kaunas, Lithuania) lives and works in Vilnius and London. Lina Lapelytė holds BA in classical violin, BA in Sound Arts and MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London. Her performance-based practice flirts with pop culture, explores gender stereotypes, aging and nostalgia. Her works engage trained and untrained performers often in an act of ‘singing’ through a wide range of genres such as mainstream music and opera. The singing takes the form of a collective and affective event that questions vulnerability and silencing. 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 it has been touring extensively. Their second 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. Lapelytė’s most recent work Currents (2020) conceived together with Mantas Petraitis (Implant architecture) is a large-scale site specific installation and performance (Instructions for the Woodcutters) was commissioned by and shown at the second Riga Biennale – RIBOCA2.