Lina Lapelytė
Taip. Tikrai! / Yes. Really!

Lentvaris Locomotive Depot
Let us prepare our sensitive auris interna*

The historic space of Lentvaris locomotive depot is open to the audiences of Vilnius Gallery Weekend for the third time. In this instance, you are welcome to stop by for an aural experience. Once you are off the train, let us walk around the 19th century building/ear that is constantly being affected by noise and vibration, and through the peripheral elements of hearing and balance arranged within its labyrinth.The narrative of the piece Yes. Really! by Lina Lapelytė is built using various pop songs but the artist reconstructs the lyrics and gestures and recreates the rhythm, leaving only traces of their imagery. The artist’s live performance is a playful attempt to create an intriguing melody that is being shaped by various contexts and the location itself. In this case, it is like an echo lost within the ear of an industrial building, bouncing off the tall ceilings, shaking the large windows and seeping into the town, which itself is being deafened by train traffic.

Lina Lapelytė (1984) is a sound and performance artist, performer and composer. Her performances are strongly related to music and tend to flirt with popular culture, gender stereotypes and nostalgia. Lapelytė’s creative work has been showcased at the KIM? gallery in Riga, Rupert multidisciplinary centre for education, residences and exhibitions (as a solo exhibition), 1857 gallery in Oslo, Moderna Museet Malmö, MACBA of Barcelona, DRAF of London, Cartier Foundation of Paris, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Kunsthalle of Prague and various other institutions. During the 58th Venice Art Biennial, the opera performance Sun & Sea (Marina), a group work by Lina Lapelytė, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė and Vaiva Grainytė, won the main award – the Golden Lion.

*(Latin) inner ear

Curator: Milda Dainovskytė

Graphic design: Gailė Pranckūnaitė

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Organiser: Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association

Patron of the show: AB Lietuvos geležinkeliai

Partial funding by: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and Vilnius City Municipality

Pictures by Gintarė Grigėnaitė