Paulina Pukytė is an artist, writer, and cultural commentator. She holds a degree from the Vilnius Academy of Art, and a Master’s from the Royal College of Art in London. In 2001- 2003 and 2006 she taught at the Vilnius Academy of Art Kaunas Art Institute. She writes critical and satirical articles on cultural issues and has received awards for her texts. She has published a collection of essays Netikras zuikis (Fake Rabbit), and two fiction books: Jų papročiai (Their Habits), and Bedalis ir labdarys (A Loser And A Do-gooder), as well as a play Žuvies akys (Fish Eyes). A theatre production of Bedalis ir labdarys premiered at the State Small Theatre of Vilnius in 2015. Extracts from this tragicomic book of dialogs and monologs are included in the anthology of Best European Fiction 2016, published by Dalkey Archive Press.

In 2017 Paulina Pukytė curated the 11th Kaunas Biennial, an international exhibition of site-specific interventions concerned with monuments and non-traditional commemoration. In her visual art practice she makes still and moving images and site-specific interventions, often using found artefacts, such as objects, images and texts, creating paradoxical stories and juxtapositions that invert conventional meanings. At the same time poetic and ironic, humorous and critical, her work questions accustomed truths and deconstructs socio-ideological myths and socio-cultural clichés. She is interested in (flawed) perception and memory. Her art strategies are often consciously restrained, almost invisible. She is drawn to the marginal, even banal, rehabilitating what is seemingly unimportant and “inferior” but terribly human.

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