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Augustas Serapinas

Apr 2014 to Jun 2014
lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania

Augustus Serapinas is invited for a residency of three months in collaboration with M HKA. During this period Augustas Serapinas is developing a new project for the exhibition ‘Don’t you know who I am? – Art after Identity Politics’

The work of Augustas Serapinas exists out of installations and interventions in semi-public space. For example in ‘By the Illuminator’ the artist installed a hammock in a sewer pipe leading to a river. Thus creating a hide-out in an environment that can be considered as paradoxical towards the idea of cosiness or feeling at home. Augustas Serapinas researches the boundaries of ‘the hidden’ and its many forms in society: the idea of the private, the domestic, but also the experiences of the illegal immigrant. As Augustas says: 'How could hidden activities and places be represented without revealing their 'hiddenness'? Strategies of hiding by revealing and vice versa are every day lived experiences. The paradaox is that 'hiddenness' (same as a secret) always needs to be shared to remain hidden.'

Augustas Serapinas graduated at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and followed the Rupert Educational Program. Augustas Serapinas was invited for the following solo exhibitions: Jousaal (Gym), Raja Gallery, Tallinn, 2012; Jakubowska 16/3 – Jakubowska 16/3, BWA, Warsaw, 2013. Works of Augustas Serapinas were shown in the following group exhibitions (selection): First events of the XII Baltic Triennial, Contemporary Art Centre Guest House, Vilnius, 2014; Dismantling the Exhibition, National Gallery of Art, 2014.