Paulina Pukyte is an artist, writer, essayist and curator if the 11th Kaunas Biennial. She holds a postgrad from the Vilnius Academy of Art, and a Master’s degree 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 culture 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 November 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. She lives and works in London and Vilnius.

Important themes of Paulina Pukyte’s creative work are uncertainty, misunderstanding, discord, and failure. Her interdisciplinary artistic practice includes site-specific interventions, moving image, text and found artefacts – twisting meanings, questioning accustomed truths, deconstructing socio-ideological myths and socio-cultural clichés. Often both poetic and humorous, her art strategies are consciously restrained, almost invisible, and she embraces serendipity. Paulina Pukytė acts as a mediator between art and life, an interpreter and transmitter of cultural experience, rehabilitating what is seemingly unimportant and “inferior”, but terribly human.

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