Laura Stasiulyte

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deconstruction, identity, language, stereotype, tradition
Visual Arts (installation art, object, performance, photography, text, video art)
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Language, identity and deconstruction in Lithuania

Laura Stasiulyte was born in 1977 in Lithuania and lives and works in Vilnius. Her work uses photography, video, performance and installation and deals with issues of identity, tradition, stereotype, deconstruction and language.
Laura Stasiulyte is an emerging artist from Lithuania who has already achieved a certain level of recognition in Europe for her work. Born in 1977, she studied at the Vilnius Academy of Arts in the department of Photo and Video Arts. She lives and works in Vilnius and has developed a body of work and ideas based on her interest in language, identity, stereotype and deconstruction.

For Manifesta 4, the 2002 European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, she showed a project entitled ‘From the Life of Young Ladies’. Based on an intensive study of the Lithuanian teenage magazine ‘Panele’, Laura Stasiulyte showed slides with questions she asked young girls on the street.

As reviewer Meike Behm comments, ‘Not only curiosity about sexuality in all its various facets, but also a lack of sex education becomes apparent through these encounters. The political and cultural changes in Lithuania also brought a kind of sexual revolution which can be clearly felt in the explosive force of these questions.’

Stasiulyte was shortlisted for the 2002 Visiting Arts Spike Island International Fellowship in the UK. She was awarded a residency at KulturKontakt in Vienna, Austria in 2001.

Her work ranges from performance to photography, video art and installation. She has exhibited in the Baltic States, London, Moscow, Ukraine, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland and Norway. As part of her studies, she spent a period of three months at the Institut d’Arts Visuels in Orleans, France.
Author: Judith Staines


Laura Stasiulyte was born in 1977 in Klaipeda, Lithuania. She lives and works in Vilnius. She studied at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, initially in glass-painting and later specialising in photography and media. She was selected for a KulturKontakt artists residency in Vienna, Austria in 2001 and has exhibited across Europe including Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt and the Baltic Sea region ArtGenda Biennial in 2002.



Exhibition / Installation,
2003 ThessaloniKIZOO, Thessaloniki, Greece 2002/03 ´Meeting Place´, installation, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia 2002 ´Changing Society: Lithuania´, video, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany 2002 ´Learning and Singing´, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia 2002 ´ArtGenda´, performance, video, text, 4th interdisciplinary biennial for young artists from the Baltic Sea region, Hamburg, Gemany 2002 Manifesta 4, European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Frankfurt, Germany 2002 ´Everything Everyday´, installation, Art Project Studio, Vilnius 2002 IBID.Projects 2 (6), slide projection, London 2001 European photography exhibition, Braunschweig, Germany 2000 International Video Art and Short Films Festival, Kiev, Ukraine 2000 New Art Workshop3, Casino Luxembourg, Forum d´Art Contemporain, Performance


Exhibition / Installation,
2003 Display Gallery (with Arunas Gudaitis), Prague, Czech Republic 1999 Performance: ´Intention to remember´, Institut d´Arts Visuels, Orleans, France


2001 KulturKontakt, Austria, Artist in residence programme
1999 LVMH Award for young artists tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, Paris
1999 Institut d´Arts Visuels, Orleans, France


This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the partner institutions.

Spike Island International Fellowship 2001

(01 April 01 - 31 August 01)


Ibid Projects

Contemporary Art Centre, Lithuania

In English and Lithuanian.

Manifesta 4

Project for Manifesta 4, Frankfurt, Germany.
The Sigh
From the Life of Young Ladies
The Counting of Plaits