The Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 11 May – 31 October 2019
Magazzino No. 42, Marina Militare, Arsenale di Venezia, Fondamenta Case Nuove 2738c. Venice, Italy Venecia, Italia
Lina Lapelytė (b.1984, based in Vilnius and London) is an artist, musician and composer. Her performance - based practice is rooted in music and flirts with pop culture, gender stereotypes and nostalgia. Lapelytė’s works were presented at KIM? in Riga, Rupert in Vilnius (solo exhibition), gallery 1857 in Oslo, the Modern Art Museum in Malmo, MACBA in Barcelona, DRAF in London. Upcoming shows include Cartier Foundation in Paris, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Kunsthalle Praha.
Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė (b.1983, based in Vilnius) works as filmmaker and theatre director. In her creative practice, Barzdžiukaitė explores the gap between objective and imagined realities, while challenging an anthropocentric way of thinking in a playful way. Her recent full-length film-essay Acid Forest was awarded at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2018 and is touring extensively in film festivals around the world.
Vaiva Grainytė (b.1984, based in Vilnius) is a writer, playwright, and poet. Her writer’s practice usually crosses the confines of desk work and becomes an integral part of an interdisciplinary polylogue. Her handwriting exhibits the features typical of her oeuvre: personal and collective memory, daily routine and social issues are in harmony with poetic and ironic approach.
Anne-Claire Schmitz is the director of La Loge a contemporary art space dedicated to contemporary art, architecture and theory in Brussels. Alongside her work at La Loge, she curated exhibitions such as Les Bons Sentiments the 19th Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard Prize (2017) in Paris; Individual Stories – Collecting as Portrait and Methodology, at Kunsthalle Wien (2015); or acted as the Belgian correspondent for the project Europe Europe initiated by Thomas Boutoux, Gunnar B. Kvaran and Hans-Ulrich Obrist at the Oslos’s Astrup Fearnley Museet (2014). Prior to La Loge, Anne-Claire Schmitz was a curator at Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art, in Rotterdam. In 2012, WIELS invited Anne-Claire Schmitz to conceive, with Elena Filipovic, the exhibition Un-Scene II. Her experience as exhibition curator goes hand in hand with her occasional engagements in the world of teaching, her participation in juries and selection committees, and the writing of texts. Her collaboration with Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys on the occasion of the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2019) is an embodiment of the country’s cultural synergy and of the vitality of its artistic field. Together, they are bound by a shared engagement, characterized by a field practice divorced from administrative concerns, in Belgium’s cultural field. Following an open call for projects launched by Alda Greoli, the Minister of Culture of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Anne-Claire Schmitz suggested the artists to hand in a project together to represent Belgium at the Biennale Arte 2019.