“…it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale.” The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough, (2013).
In the cultural and sound based performance, ‘Erškėtis’ combines the voices of three generations of Lithuanian women in the family (Vilma Pranaitytė, Vida Valentina Pranaitienė and Orinta Pranaitytė) together with an endurance strength performance. The piece concerns immigration; the improvement of a personal situation and one’s conceptions of the ‘other’. As the core of the body balances its weight at height, it overcomes physical and mental challenges, whilst reflecting on our sacrifices in life.
About Orinta Pranaitytė
Orinta Pranaitytė’s (b. 1991 Lithuania) practice concerns the body; addressing its power, weaknesses and challenges. She combines aesthetics and sculptural elements together in endurance tasks. Interested in creating dialogues of our existence and temporality, such as one of her most significant works ‘Fifth Plinth’ performance in collaboration with Stephen Dargavel’s sculptural design. The geopolitical position of her home country Lithuania, the Soviet Bloc, as well as long-distance family relations, all bear an influence as part of her conceptual work. Pranaityte is based in East Midlands, UK, where she has graduated from an MA Fine Art course at the University of Lincoln (2018).
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