Indre Šerpytyte

The United Kingdom, London Paradise Row

Indrė Šerpytytė (b.1983) graduated with a first–class BA (Hons) degree in Photography at the University of Brighton (2006) and MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art (2009) in London, were she lives now. Her work is represented in public and private collections, including Victoria and Albert museum photography collection. She is already the recipient of numerous awards including the National Media Museum Bursary (2009), Hoopers Gallery prize, Metro Imaging prize, Jerwood Photography award winner (2006), the Fujifilm Distinction Award and the Terry O’Neill Award. Her work has been published and exhibited widely, with recent shows at the Photographers gallery and the Victoria and Albert museum in London.

Indrė Šerpytytė’s work explores history and loss, related to her family history and recent Lithuanian history. Her recent work 1944 – 1991 is related to the armed anti-Soviet resistance in Lithuania, so called war after war. Through her images Šerpytytė invokes the memory of these historical events by visiting actual sites and photographing the forests of the so called ‘forest brothers‘ and former houses of NKVD-NKGB-MVD-MGB Soviet forces. These documented sites are then transformed and constructed into beautiful photographic images that are inscribed with loss. In her photographs the houses become dead houses, completely sealed, that contain the memories inside them and the forests stand in for absent memory; they are placeless and disclose nothing.

Prior to 1944 -199,1 Indrė Šerpytytė created a series of striking still-life images of what appear to be the remnants of a bureaucratic system. In the series A State of Silence Šerpytytė questions official accounts of the death of her father, a government official, in an apparent car accident. 
The glossy prints depict single objects against ambiguous, dark backgrounds. The darkness of the images appear to represent the mysterious and ambigious nature of the objects themselves.