Indre Serpytyte

Born in Lithuania, Indre Serpytyte is highly concerned with the impact of the war on European history and perception.

Her photographs are a result of a thoughtful investigation into the political history of the Cold War and its catastrophic consequences. They stem from her own displacement and separation from her Eastern European origins.
Serpytyte was awarded the National Media Museum Photography Award, for a series of striking still-life images of false houses that present the viewer with a narrative of intrigue. The series 'Former NKVD - MVD - MGB - KGB Buildings' is centred on the after-effects of WWII in Lithuania. These black and white images tell an almost forgotten story of the domestic conflicts of war, in which people were interrogated and tortured in what were once family homes.

Rather than representing the buildings themselves, or showing the inhabitants or victims directly, Serpytyte uses commissioned, hand-carved wooden models, based on archival research and site visits to comment on both the physical and humanitarian scale of the conflict and to enunciate the echo of the memory of the events as they have faded over time. The houses seem like cold corpses, sculptures symbolic of the empty spaces where their real selves once thrived, and where memories are slowly dying. They are sealed, containing their stories, and their entity becomes placeless.

Serpytyte received her BA Hons Editorial Photography at the University of Brighton, and MA from Royal College of Art, in London, where she lives now. In 2009, she was awarded the Hoopers Gallery and Metro Imaging prizes for 1944 - 1991 series. The works has also been acquired by the Victoria and Albert museum for their photography collection and included in the catalogue created with Martin Barnes and Simon Baker.

Previously she was awarded the prestigious Jerwood award for A State of Silence series. Her work has been published in Portfolio, Hotshoe and The British Journal of Photography.

MA Photography, Royal College Of Art, London, England
BA in Editorial Photography, University of Brighton, Brighton, England

Selected Exhibitions:

Camera 16, Milan
Fotohof Gallery Trys', Salzburg
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Road to Contemporary Art, Camera16, Art Fair, Rome
Updating.UK. Photography in Britain after 2000, Camelot Gallery & Gallery Imago Mundi - Foundation, Krakow
Hyeres 2010 International Festival of Fashion and Photography, Hyeres
MiArt Fair, Milan
The Open West
The Photographers Gallery, London
Exposure, James Hyman Photography, London

Paris Photo, Photographer Gallery, Paris
Embassy of the Republic of Lithuanian, London
Chelsea College of Art & Design, London
Hoopers Gallery, London
Show RCA, Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
Prix Leica, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London

RCA, London

Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Independent Photographers Gallery, Battle, England
Crane Kalman Gallery, Brighton, England

Jerwood Photography Awards, Jerwood Space, London, England
Editorial Photography Degree Show 2006, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
Degree Show 2006, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton, England

2nd Year Show, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton, England

Selected Publications:

Creative Review

Lietuvos Rytas
OjodePez, Issue 17
InfoZona, Nr.24
New Light, Jerwood Photography Awards 2003 -2008

1000 Words Magazine, Issue 2
Next Level, Issue 13

HotShoe Issue 145, December/January
The British Journal of Photography Volume 154, December
Draugas Volume XCVIII Nr.64
Respublika May 9
Respublika April 14

Jerwood Photography Awards 2006. Portfolio Magazine Issue 44, November

Selected Awards:

Magenta Foundation, Flash Forward - Bright Spark Award
Hyeres International Festival of Fashion and Photography

National Media Museum's Photography Bursary
Hoopers Gallery Prize
Metro Imaging Award

Leica Prize - Short listed
Artist in Residency, Cite internationale des Arts, Paris
Fujifilm Distinction Awards - Third Prize

Terry O'Neill Award - Specially Commended
First London International Creative Competition - Short listed
International Color Awards, 2nd Annual Photography Master Cup - Nominee in Still Life
Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards 2007 - Fine Art - Still Life Honorable Mention
International Photographic Art Prize Arte Laguna - Finalist

Jerwood Photography Award - Winner
Nominated for Student of the Year Award

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