Barilaitė Jurga
g. 1972
Jurga Barilaitė was born in 1972 and currently lives and works in Vilnius. Since graduating in Fine Art from Vilnius Academy of Art (VAA) in 1996, she has been involved in interdisciplinary projects and actively exhibiting. From painting and assemblage, she gradually moved to video art. The language of painting, history and myth form the basis of most of her works. Barilaitė’s video art is distinctively performative, and discloses strategies of feminine construction. For the latter, the artist employs her body to deliver messages varying from erotica to aggression, sentimentality to irony. For her exhibition “Bread and Salt”(1994) at the CAC (Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius), Barilaitė received the Young Artist award. In 1995, she became the laureate of VAA students’ art days and won a scholarship in Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. In 2003 she was given the Antanas Moncius Prize. In 2005 received the Young Artist Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of Lithuanian Republic.