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This conversation is an opportunity to explore the work of Lina Lapelytè in her presence.

Central to the exhibition "The Mutes", the voice and the act of listening raise questions about what we considered to be off-key, the forces that constraint bodies, and how to constitute a collective voice.

A conversation with Elsa Coustou, curator of the exhibition and Raimundas Malašauskas, curator and writer.

A graduate in classical violin, Lina Lapelytè went on to study sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London.

Her early work focused mainly on improvised and electronic music.

In 2013, her creative collaboration with Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė and Vaiva Grainytė resulted in the creation of the contemporary opera Have a Good Day! 

The performance-opera Sun and Sea (2017) is the second project the trio co-created, representing Lithuania at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019 for which it received the Golden Lion.

Lapelytè’s recent and ongoing works Ladies,  Pirouette,  Currents, What happens with a dead fish?, Candy Shop, Hunky Bluff were shown at the 13th Kaunas biennial (2021), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2021), Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (2021), Tai Kwun, HK (2021), Glasgow International (2021), Riga Biennial - RIBOCA2 (2020), Cartier Foundation gallery, 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); Moderna Museet, Malmo (2017); FIAC, Paris (2017), Baltic Pavilion, Venice Biennial, Venice (2016);  Listening, Hayward touring show, GB (2015); Block Universe, London (2015); Park Nights, Serpentine, London (2014); Baltic CCA, Newcastle (2014).

Raimundas Malašauskas is a curator and writer. 

Raimundas Malašauskas has co-written an opera libretto (Cellar Door by Loris Greaud, Palais de Tokyo, 2008), co-produced a television show (CAC TV, Vilnius, 2004 - 2006), served as an agent for dOCUMENTA (13), released Paper Exhibition, the book of his selected writings (Sternberg Press, 2012), co-curated 9th Baltic Triennial of International Art (Vilnius, 2005), 9th Mercosul Biennal (Porto Alegre, 2013) and 9th Liverpool Biennale (2017). His most recent project is trust & confusion, an eight month long live art exhibition at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2021) 

1994 - 2006 he worked as a curator at The Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius. Following his departure from CAC Vilnius he curated various projects worldwide: The Last Piece by John Fare (gb agency, Paris, 2007), Paper Exhibition (Artists Space, New York, 2009), Repetition Island, Centre Pompidou (2010), Into The Belly of a Dove (Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, 2010), Satellite Series 4 (Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2011), oO, the Lithuanian and Cyprus pavilions at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), Fusiform Gyrus (Lisson Gallery, London, 2013), Meeting Points 8 (Brussels, Beirut, Cairo, 2016 - 2017), On Campus (Monash University, Melbourne, 2017), Rosalind Nashashibi, a solo show at Melly (Rotterdam, 2018). etc. 

Hypnotic Show has been his longest-lasting project (from 2008 on), an exhibition that takes place through hypnosis. The Clifford Irving Show dealt with notions of truth, identities and play — it lasted for 2 years: 2008 - 2010.