Indrė Šerpytytė (b. 1983, Lithuania) is a photographer who also employs and combines other media such as sculpture, film, audio, choreography, archival materials and textile. With a PhD in Photography obtained at the Royal College of Art in London, Šerpytytė is mostly interested in history, conflict and trauma.
Indrė Šerpytytė’s early works centre around Lithuania’s recent history, how it is recalled in the public discourse and its influence on national identity. However, in her recent practice, the artist has moved to broader topics, exploring the use of culturally charged symbols as an abstract language - a form of communication that traces a universal discourse. Šerpytytė’s photographs are a result of a thoughtful investigation of the political history of the Cold War and its catastrophic consequences. They also stem from her own personal experience of displacement and separation from her Eastern European origins. Through photography, the artist explores issues of memory, trauma and loss, taking on a critical view on Lithuania’s history and her own roots which she finds in the years of WWII and the Cold War period. She uses photography as an emotional expression, employing visuality to make the past more tangible. In her most recent work, Šerpytytė adapts this creative strategy to contemporary political events, war, the art world, women studies and environmental problems. The photographer has also created minimalistic installations, sculptures and a textile series, in which patterned traditional strips typical of the Baltic region are layered on the base of paintings, creating a clean, resounding rhythm of folk-art patterns turned into a universal visual language.
Indrė Šerpytytė is an active participant in both group and solo exhibitions in Lithuania, the UK, Italy, France, the US, Russia and many other countries. Her works have been included in the collections of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, David Roberts Collection, The Collection of Jay Jopling and other public as well as private collections.