Lina Lapelytė (1984) – artist, musician, composer and performer. Lives and works in Vilnius and London. Her performance-based practice flirts with pop culture, explores gender stereotypes, ageing and nostalgia.
EDUCATION In 2006 Lapelytė graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with BA in Classical Violin. In 2009 she received her BA’hons from London University of Arts (LCC) in Sound Art, and in 2013 Lapelytė graduated from Royal College of Art (RCA) with MA in Sculpture. Since 2013 Lapelytė has been a visiting lecturer at the institutions such as The Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, University of the Arts London, Royal College of Arts (London).
CREATIVE WORK Initially trained as a classical violinist, Lina Lapelytė’s has developed an ongoing interest and research into experimental music, amateur performance, and historical genres. Her early creative work was mainly focused on improvised and and electronic music. Lapelytė took part in numerous projects and performed with the established masters of improvisation, including Angharad Davies, David Toop, John Butcher, Anton Lukoszevieze, Eddie Prevost, David Ryan, Peter Cusack, Leafcutter John, Arturas Bumšteinas, Rhodri Davies, Anat Ben David. In her recent work, Lapelytė traverses between disciplines and explores various forms of performativity. 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, while examining issues of displacement, otherness, ageing and gender.
SHOWS AND PERFORMANCES Lapelytė’s personal shows were held in several institutions, including David Roberts Art Foundation Gallery (London, 2014), Rupert Centre (Vilnius, 2017). Her performance works were shown in various contexts and locations including the Serpentine (London, 2014), Queen Elizabeth Hall, (London, 2014), MACBA (Barcelona, 2017), Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain (Paris, 2019), Tel-Aviv museum of art ( 2019 )