Eglė Rakauskaitė

Born 1967
Instagram: @this_is_rake
YouTube: this is rake (egle rakauskaite)

Eglė Rakauskaitė examines and uses existential body, gender, religious, sociopolitical, and personal narratives, choosing bold and sensitive ways of expression. Artist’s early works exploited the forms of expression of objects, performance, and video performance, explored the themes of body and gender identity, and recontextualized traditional, religious images characterized by sensuality and materiality, which was new in Lithuanian art in the early 1990s, such organic materials as hair, petals, honey, chocolate, lard, and artist body. Contemplating the norms and stereotypes of culture and society, the artist enriched their reflection with aspects of the female worldview.

Eglė Rakauskaitė started participating in exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad in 1994. Her works included the first exhibitions that presented Eastern and Central European artists to an international audience – “Body and the East”, held at “Moderna Galerija” in Ljubljana and “Exit Art Gallery” in New York (1998), and “After the Wall”, presented at “Moderna” Museet” in Stockholm, Ludwig Museum in Budapest and “Hamburger Bahnhof” in Berlin (1999). Eglė Rakauskaitė and Mindaugas Navakas represented Lithuania for the first time in the country’s history in the national pavilion at the 48th Venice Art Biennale in 1999. Artist included in the international publications “Cream. Contemporary Art in Culture” (1998), “The Artist’s Body” (2003), “Sculpture Today” (2007) by “Phaidon” publishing house. Works are in the Lithuanian National Art Museum, MO Museum, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and other museums and private collections.

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