A photograph or people sunbathing on a beach with a particular focus on a woman and a large yellow sun umbrella

Artist Talk: Lina Lapelyte


03 December 2020

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Venue Leeds Art Gallery

Tags Adult, Event, Talk,

Leeds Art Gallery presents the second event in our online talk series with Leeds Beckett University. The event will be held via Zoom and must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.

Award-winning artist and musician Lina Lapelyte has been invited to speak as part of a public talks programme which complements our latest exhibition Natural Encounters. The exhibition explores our relationship with the natural world. Lapelyte will discuss the notion of ‘slowness’ that is integral to her practice, as well as something often common to the temporality of climate change.

In 2019, Lapelyte and artists Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė and Vaiva Grainyt won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for their durational performance work and opera Sun and Sea (Marina), staged within the Lithuanian Pavilion. Pictured above, it involved the creation of an artificial beach with sunbathers singing a quiet lament for our age of planetary crisis.

Lina Lapelytė (b. 1984, Lithuania) is an artist and musician living and working in London and Vilnius, Lithuania. Her practice is rooted in music and flirts with pop culture, gender stereotypes, aging and nostalgia. Her works engage trained and untrained performers often in an act of ‘singing’ through a wide range of genres including mainstream music and opera. The singing takes the form of a collective and affective event that questions vulnerability and silencing.

Her performance works have been shown in the Serpentine (London, 2014), Queen Elizabeth Hall (London, 2014), MACBA (Barcelona, 2017) and Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain (Paris, 2019).

IMAGE: Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte and Lina Lapelyte, Sun and Sea (Marina), Lithuanian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2019. Photography: © Andrej Vasilenko.


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