Lithuanian Pavilion_Sun & Sea

Lithuanian Pavilion
at the 58th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennal


An opera-performance by

by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė

Opening: Vernissage:
Friday, 10. May 2019 | 16 pm
Opening Talk Daisy Hildyard
Saturday,10. May 2019 | 10–18 pm
Vernissage: May 8-10 2019
Installation Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm
Performance every Saturday 10am-6pm
May 11–October 31, 2019
Fondamenta Case Nuove 2738c
Marina Militare , 30122 Venice Italy

@ Gabrielė Šėgždė.
Premjera. SAULĖ IR JŪRA, 2017 10 01, NDG
Premier. SUN AND SEA. October 1st, 2017, National Gallery, Vilnius

An opera-performance

by Rugilė Bardžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė

A new opera-performance by filmmaker and director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, writer Vaiva Grainytė and artist and composer Lina Lapelytė, Sun & Sea (Marina) brings a varying cast of up to 20 participants and singers together for a durational installation/performance blurring the edges between fiction and reality and addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Sun & Sea (Marina) takes place on an artificial beach composed through light, architecture and music. Vacationers in colourful bathing suits are lying next to each other on a sandy ground, while the audience observes

them from above, as though from the point of view of the sun. In the heat of midday, characters begin telling their stories. Frivolous micro-stories slowly give rise to broader, more serious topics and grow into a global symphony, a universal human choir addressing planetary-scale, anthropogenic climate change. In the work, the physical finitude and fatigue of the human body becomes a metonym for an exhausted Earth. The setting—a crowded beach in summer—paints an image of laziness and lightness. In this context, the message follows suit: serious topics unfold easily, softly—like a pop song on the very last day on Earth.

An ecological play at its very core, Sun & Sea (Marina) concerns itself with the way in which we—our human species—consistently fails to recognise those planetary-scale threats and urgencies we ourselves are the cumulative cause of.

This is the second opera-performance by the award-winning trio, after the highly acclaimed, internationally touring opera, Have a Good Day!

The Lithuanian Pavilion’s Commissioners are Rasa Antanavičiūtė (Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania) and Jean-Baptiste Joly (founder of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany). The Pavilion is being curated by Lucia Pietroiusti (Curator of General Ecology at Serpentine Galleries, London, UK) with the assistance of Caterina Avataneo (Independent Curator, London, UK).

The presentation will feature a special-edition vinyl catalogue designed by Åbäke.

Graphic design: Goda Budvyty


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