• Artist Spotlight: Lina Albrikiene

    Lina Albrikiene, The Tree for My Father, 1983.

    The young Lithuanian artist Lina Albrikiene draws inspiration from her personal life in her artistic practice. Childhood, family and memory are the strength of her research translated into installations, videos or photos. She invites a trip in the past.

    Lina Albrikiene, Vilnius from the archives of my childhood.

    In her 2009 video “Vilnius from the Archives of My Childhood, Lazdynai”, Lina uses autobiographical images of her childhood creating a relationship with the past and the members of her family. This work, like others carried out in recent years, presents documents in which the artist illustrates a family portrait. She creates a kind of diary. Her memories, source of inspiration, allow her to know herself better and to recognize herself. She builds a personal itinerary that takes the form of a self-portrait. The nostalgic figures of his father and mother are at the center of his work. This is particularly the case with “Tree for my father Paneriai 1983-2014” in memory of that father died in 1983. She wishes to present this meeting with a series of photographs reading as a trip.

    Time is running out. She immortalizes. The viewer discovers and relives the memories of childhood. It is a real exploration of time, social space and daily life.

    Lina Albrikiene treats the fragmented body as in the “Study of leg” project. Compared to a classic sculpture, she exhibits a series of prosthetic photographs of her right leg, echoing her brother’s amputation, which she has not always accepted. She reveals the disturbing strangeness of a body. This work represents for her the perpetual transformation of the body. A body sometimes hurt, but that can transform, return to life and move forward. The amputation reveals a huge tragic detonator. The frontality of mutilation serves as a catalyst.

    Lina Albrikiene, from the video “The Shred”. 

    In her new project “The Shred”, Lina Albrikiene is inspired by “The White Shroud” by the Lithuanian writer Antanas Škema, who films nude women in an elevator taking positions between shadow and light, the elevator goes up, the elevator goes down. The unraveling opens to forms of bizarre or fantastic corporealities, Beyond the emotion that such a situation can cause, the representation of a body reached in its entirety questions the imagination and upsets the fears. This work illustrates images whose harmony is perceived in spite of a manifest bodily absence Renews the appearance of the body in many facets that horrifies as much as it fascinates In this tragedy, Lina shows a metaphor of the nonsense and absurdity of the human condition.

    Lina Albrikiene makes the body absent and presents a recurring and interesting theme in her works.

    Lina Albrikiene, Vilnius from the archives of my childhood.
    Severine Vanina

    Severine Vanina

    Séverine Grosjean, graduated in Sociology with a specialization in Communication and Contemporary Artistic Practices from the Institute of Advanced Studies of Latin America (IHEAL) in Paris . She is the founder of The Nomad Creative Projects. She worked as assistant for different professional ( photographer, art gallerist) in South America. She has been working for european and americans magazines since a few years. Also she writes for exhibitions and has been the co-curator of the exhibition “The eyes of Peru” in Paris in 2016.

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