Justė Jonutytė

J. Jonutytė is a Vilnius-based independent curator and producer. She holds an M.A. in History of Art from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Throughout her career, Jonutytė has worked in curatorial departments of Rupert (Vilnius), Tate Modern (London) and Jonas Mekas Foundation (New York), amongst others. She was a director of Rupert, a centre for art and education in Vilnius, Lithuania between 2013—2019. Recently curated exhibitions by Jonutytė include Jonas Mekas: Let me dream utopias (2019), Entangled Tales (group show, 2018), Lina Lapelyte: Pirouette (2017), Laure Prouvost: Burrow Me (2015), Double Bind (group show, 2015-2016), Dan Perjovschi: Time Specific & Lia Perjovschi: Knowledge Museum Kit (2014) and Dora Garcia: The Jerusalem of Europe (2013). Together with Paulius Petraitis, she is the co-editor of “Like There’s No Tomorrow: Young Lithuanian Photography” (2013, distributed by Motto Books).

The focus of Jonutytė’s work at Rupert, in addition to the overseeing of all other programs, has been the formation of Rupert’s Alternative Education platform. For this program, Jonutytė has hosted an intensive public program of performances and lectures featuring Claire Bishop, Sebastian Cichocki, Dora Garcia, Travis Jeppesen and Mårten Spångberg, among many others, and has seen through the realization of numerous projects by participants. In addition to education, Jonutytė has significantly contributed to the establishment and expansion of Rupert’s Residency Program, having hosted almost 200 residents in the six years of the programme and more than 150 related events.

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Justė Jonutytė

Works

Entangled Tales - Group Show

Rupert, Vilnius, 2018

Curators: Justė Jonutytė and Yates Norton

Artists: Rebecca Ackroyd, Stefania Batoeva, Julie Bena, Ragna Bley, Than Hussein Clark, Olivia Erlanger, Merike Estna, Daiga Grantina, Celia Hempton, Tamara Henderson, Ieva Kraule, Jenine Marsh, Daria Melnikova, Rūtenė Merkliopaitė, Mikołaj Moskal, Rosalind Nashashibi, Athena Papadopoulos, Zoë Paul, Daniel Rossi, Viktorija Rybakova, Anastasija Sosunova, Indrė Šerpytytė, Jala Wahid

Gym - Augustas Serapinas

2017

1857 Oslo

Let me dream utopias - Jonas Mekas

Rupert, Vilnius, 2019

Jonas Mekas revisited over 60 years of his poetic work. He filled three notebooks with poems, from his adolescence in Lithuania to the years of forced labour and “Displaced Persons” camps in Germany and finally his life in New York. This Book Project: Gallery Version—as he titled it—explored the place of poetry and the poetic in his life and work. It was meant to unfold in space through a collaboration with Rupert.

Burrow Me - Laure Prouvost

Rupert, Vilnius, 2015

Burrow Me, Laure Prouvost’s first solo presentation in the Nordic-Baltic region. In her work, Prouvost constructs immersive environments in which sculptures, videos and installations become central ploys in the re-enactment of unlikely scenarios, of spatial and temporal impossibility and absurdity. In her videos, Prouvost employs tropes both derived from and challenging the distinct filmic languages of cinema and art, bringing corrupt reveries to life through humor and mistranslations.

Pirouette - Lina Lapelyte

Rupert, Vilnius, 2017

Pirouette, first solo exhibition of Lithuanian artist Lina Lapelytė. The show includes a series of newly-commissioned live performances and sound works presented in a specially-conceived environment by Lithuanian architect Mantas Petraitis. Lapelytė’s performance-based practice is deeply rooted in music and pop culture and within her practice, the artist often discusses the topics of gender stereotypes, aging and nostalgia. Throughout her artistic career, Lapelytė has explored various forms of performativity, crossing genre boundaries while entwining folk rituals with popular music and opera formats, and frequently using stylized expression, grotesque and conceptual musicality.