Lina Lapelytė (b.1984, Lithuania) 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 into 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 www.sunandsea.lt
In 2020, Lina Lapelytė’s works will be shown at Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA2) and Lilith performance Studio, Malmo. Sun and Sea will be performed at the Borealis festival, Bergen; Malmo Kunsthalle; Reykjavik arts festival; Operadagen, Rotterdam and others. She has previously exhibited at the 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 (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); DRAF, London (2014); BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall (2012), London.
Supported by Justė Kostikovaitė at Lithuanian Culture Institute and Lithuanian Embassy in the United Kingdom