Augustas Serapinas (born 1990) is a younger generation artist, already recognized in the international art scene, is known for his unique revival of site-specific installations and the practices of institutional criticism. Serapinas’s perceptive experience of new and often hard-to-access spaces become subtle commentaries on space as well as interactive installations – conditions for performance art. His interventions recall aspects of historical as well as social and institutional structures of space that we have forgotten or wish to forget (recently, he has been targeting institutions with increased frequency). The stimulus for his creative work frequently arises from encounters with people active in that space, their personal histories and their personal experience in that space. Serapinas’s spaces are created to present opportunities for interactions and dialogue between people.
Serapinas studied sculpture of the Vilnius Academy of Arts and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He has had solo shows and created site-specific installations at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Emalin in London, and SALTS in Basel. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, Scrap Metal Gallery in Toronto and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp. In 2014, he was awarded the Annual Debut Prize by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.
Emalin Gallery, London: www.emalin.co.uk
Apalazzogallery, Brescia: http://www.apalazzo.net