Inga Galinytė and Anna Papathanasiou
Inga Galinytė (Vilnius, Lithuania, 1988) is a Lithuanian performance artist and Anna Papathanasiou (Athens, Greece/Canada, 1985) is a Greek-Canadian interdisciplinary artist. Inga’s background is in design and textiles, whereas Anna has roots in fine arts and music. Both artists have experimented with various materials and media, including video, installation and sculpture, in their previous projects. The search for authenticity and being in the process as well as on the journey – this is what embodies Inga’s everyday life and art practices. Her performances, dedicated towards individual meditation, spiritual quests and temporary human nature, constantly examine and explore the artist’s environment and her inner world. Anna’s practice focuses on the dimension of time – as a sculptor of materials, memory cells and different states of existence. Through performance, sculpture and sound she studies and refers to self-analysis, during and after any type of natural contact, and strong states of being that reshape and transform the familiar into something new.
The two artists crossed paths in 2018 during the International Summer Program at the Watermill Centre in New York (USA) under the direction of Robert Wilson. Having an interdisciplinary approach to art and with the aim of seeking the most appropriate media for each of their projects, Inga and Anna immediately found a common language and a new long-term relationship project ‘F.T.I.J.s’ (FIRST TIME IN JACUZZI. sorry.) was born. Their first collaborative piece “Empathetic Body” was performed at the Swamp Pavilion during the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in Venice (Italy). Alongside this, Inga’s portfolio includes presentation of her works at many international festivals in Lithuania and abroad, including Italy, the Netherlands and New York, as well as participation at the Paris Summer Academy and movement classes with the choreographer Ohad Naharin in Tel Aviv (Israel). Anna’s portfolio of works includes solo and collaborative performances, video performances, installations and paintings, which have been presented during international exhibitions and festivals in Greece, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, New York and Japan.