Indrė Šerpytytė

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Indrė Šerpytytė
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Šerpytytė at her studio in London, 2015
Born1983 (age 35–36)
NationalityLithuanian, British
EducationRoyal College of Art and University of Brighton
Known forContemporary Art, Fine Art Photography
Notable work
150 mph, 2 Seconds of Colour, (1944 – 1991), Drancy, A State of Silence
AwardsThe Arts Foundation, Rencontres d’Arles, Magenta Foundation Flash Forward, National Media Museum, Hoopers Gallery, Metro Imaging, Fujifilm Distinction Award, Terry O’Neill Award, Jerwood Foundation

Indrė Šerpytytė (born 1983) is a Lithuanian artist living and working in London. Šerpytytė is concerned with the impact of war on history and perception,[1] and works with photography, sculpture, installation and painting.

Her work is held by the Victoria and Albert Museum, David Roberts's Collection and Derwent London and have been exhibited at Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Photographers' Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków and Museum Folkwang, among others.[2]

Life and work[edit]

Šerpytytė was born in 1983 in Palanga, Lithuania and moved to London at the age of 14.[1] She received her MA in photography from The Royal College of Art, London and her BA in editorial photography from the University of Brighton.

(1944 – 1991)[edit]

Former NKVD - MVD - MGB - KGB Buildings (2009 - 2015, ongoing) centres on the after-effects of World War II in Lithuania. These black and white images tell an almost forgotten story of the domestic conflicts of war, in which people were interrogated and tortured in what were once family homes. Rather than representing the buildings themselves, or showing the inhabitants or victims directly, Šerpytytė uses commissioned, hand-carved wooden models based on archival research and site visits to comment on both the physical and humanitarian scale of the conflict and to recall events that have faded over time.[3][4][5] From the same series, Forest Brothers (2009) looks at the Lithuanian forest as a place both to hide and to disappear as it revisits the environments once home to the period's most active resistance force.[1][6]

A State of Silence[edit]

A State of Silence (2006) pays tribute to the artist's father, Albinas Šerpytis, Lithuania's Head of Government Security, who died in suspicious circumstances in a car accident in the early hours of October 13, 2001.[7][8]

2 Seconds of Colour[edit]

The large scale photographic palettes of 2 Seconds of Colour arise from a Google Image search for the term ‘Isis beheadings’. The works present the patchwork of rectangular placeholders automatically generated while the page is loading, their colours extracted from the 'black of the executioner’s garments, the orange of the victim’s jumpsuit [or] the blue of the sky’. Responding to the oversaturated media landscape in which they find themselves, the images 'seeking to break the closed circuit between violence that is thoughtlessly executed and violence that is thoughtlessly consumed'.[9]

150 mph[edit]

The 150 mph paintings depart from images of individuals jumping from New York's World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks. Each image’s human subject has been removed leaving the architecture itself as sole "witness and unintentional memorial."[10]


Publications by Šerpytytė[edit]

  • (1944 – 1991). London: self-published, 2010. ISBN 9780956691705. Includes an interview with Martin Barnes and a text by Nigel Rolfe.

Publications with others[edit]

  • Pokario Istorijos / Post-war Stories. Kaunas, Lithuania: Lithuanian Photographers’ Association Kaunas Department, 2015. By Šerpytytė ("Forest Brothers: Former NKVD-MVD-MGB-KGB Buildings"), Claudia Heinermann ("Wolf Children") and Michal Iwanowski ("Clear of People"). ISBN 9786098099126. With a text by Sonya Winterberg ("Wolf Children"). Published to accompany an exhibition. English and Lithuanian language.



Solo exhibitions[edit]

Group exhibitions[edit]


Šerpytytė 's work is held in the following public collections:


  1. ^ a b c Goze, Evita. "Interview with Indre Šerpytytė." FK Magazine. August 24, 2015.
  2. ^ Meilutė, Ieva, ed. "Poetic Documents, Exhibition Catalogue." 2012.
  3. ^ "TateShots: Indre Serpytye." Vimeo. December 2014.
  4. ^ Singer, Jane. "People: Indre Serpytyte." Editorial. Fitzrovia Journal, October 2015. October 2015.
  5. ^ "Indre Serpytyte Biography." James Hyman Gallery.
  6. ^ "(1944 – 1991)." Artist Website.
  7. ^ a b "Exhibitions." Camera 16. September 17, 2010.
  8. ^ Colberg, Joerg. "A Conversation with Indre Serpytyte [sic]." Conscientious Extended. June 21, 2010.
  9. ^ "2 Seconds of Colour" Artist Website.
  10. ^ "150 mph" Artist Website.
  11. ^ "Jerwood Photography Awards". Jerwood Visual Arts.
  12. ^ Website Remote New Media. "The Terry O'Neill".
  13. ^ "Fujifilm Distinctions Awards". dPhotoexpert. Icon Publications.
  14. ^ "Photography Award Winners".
  15. ^ The Magenta Foundation. "Flash Forward 2016 – Call for Entries Oct 16 to Dec 29, 2015". The Magenta Foundation.
  16. ^ "SERPYTYTE, Indre - Médiathèque des Rencontres d'Arles". Médiathèque des Rencontres de la photographie, Arles.
  17. ^ "Winners & Shortlisted Artists of the Fellowships." The Arts Foundation. 2013.
  18. ^ "Construction of Memory in Indrė Šerpytytė’s Photographic Work." Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in United Kingdom. September 23, 2009.
  19. ^ "Indre Serpytyte Still Silence." Camera 16 Exhibitions
  20. ^ "Indrė Šerpytytė '1944 - 1991' at Vilnius Photography Gallery." Lithuanian Photography. August 24, 2011.
  21. ^ "Indre Serpytyte at The Photographers' Gallery." ArtRabbit.
  22. ^ "Indre Serpytyte – Solo Exhibition." Ffotogallery. September 7, 2013.
  23. ^ Duckhouse, Rory. "Indre Serpytyte: Solo Exhibition Reviewed" Photomonitor
  24. ^ "Miesiąc Fotografii".
  25. ^ a b "Collection Search: Serpytyte, Indre." V&A (The Victoria and Albert Museum).
  26. ^ "Exhibitions: Indre Serpytyte." Les Rencontres D'Arles Rencontres D'Arles. July 4, 2011.
  27. ^ "Conflict, Time, Photography". Tate Modern. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  28. ^ "TateShots: Indre Serpytyte".
  29. ^ "Homepage - Museum Folkwang". Museum Folkwang. 4 December 2015.
  30. ^ "Festival Programme." Tbilisi Photo Festival 2015. September 2015.
  31. ^ "Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015." MoMA.
  32. ^ "Ocean of Images" Wall Street International
  33. ^ "David Roberts Art Foundation Set To Open In Camden." Artlyst. September 18, 2012.
  34. ^ "Art: A State of Silence (Telephone) by Indre Serpytyte at Angel Building." Derwent London. 2010.