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Sun & Sea (Marina)

Press release


Sun & Sea (Marina)

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelyte

Curated by Lucia Pietroiusti

You’re back on the beach. You know it from the smell (salty-fishy), from the shifting ground, the murmur of conversations in the distance, the blinding light, the sea. A breeze that is just a breath, and a tiny, passing cloud between you and the sun. You look up. Airplane exhaust fumes criss-cross the blue. Maybe once upon a time you'd wave at them, all the way up there – but those lines, they are not water. Their story is not the story of water.

Now picture yourself somewhere in mid-air, light as a ghost, hovering a a few meters above it all. The lives beneath you blur into and out of view: towels, sun hats, sandwiches, cocktails, frisbees and flesh. You turn to look at the shoreline. And from the waves, you look up and out and onto sea and sky, and the horizon is so, so much further away from up here, but you don’t know it, or else you don’t notice, because all you see is blue, and in that blue there’s the story of everything, and just at that moment, the blue is too wide and too deep and too full to see anything else at all.

Sun & Sea (Marina), the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, is a durational opera-performance by filmmaker and director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, writer and poet Vaiva Grainytė and performance artist and musician Lina Lapelytė.