Lina Lapelytė and Mantas Petraitis, 'Currents', 2020. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Ansis Starks


Lina Lapelytė

Lina Lapelytė is an artist who lives and works in London and Vilnius. She holds a BA in classical violin, a BA in Sound Arts and an 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 nine languages and its been touring extensively. Their newest durational performance work,​ Sun and Sea (Marina), r​epresented Lithuania at the Venice Biennale of Art in 2019 and received the Golden Lion award for the best national participation.

Selected exhibitions

Previous exhibitions include: Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA2) (2020); Borealis festival, Bergen (2020); Reykjavik arts festival (2020); Fondation Cartier, 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 (2017); ​Magma​, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius (2017); Baltic Pavilion, Venice Biennial, Venice (2016); ​Peculiar People​, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea (2016); Block Universe, London (2015); Park Nights, Serpentine, London (2014); DRAF, London (2014); BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall (2012), London.

Events & performances