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Goda Palekaitė is an artist and researcher whose work can be described as a combination of artistic, theatrical and anthropological practices. It evolves around long-term projects exploring the politics of historical narratives, the agency of dreams and collective imagination, and social conditions of creativity. Their outcomes usually manifest as performances, scenographies, installations, and texts. Her solo show “Legal Implications of a Dream” was recently opened at the RawArt gallery in Tel Aviv and the Art Cube Artists’ Studios, Jerusalem. In the last year her performances and installations have been presented at the “Swamp pavilion” in The Biennale Architettura 2018 in Venice, Contemporary Art Center (CAC) and the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre in Vilnius, and Kanal - Centre Pompidou in Brussels. In 2019 Palekaitė received The Golden Stage Cross (highest Lithuanian theatre award). Goda is based in Brussels and Vilnius.

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Selected works:

2019 The Golden Stage Cross (highest Lithuanian theatre award) for Best Scenography for The Door and The Perfect Match (LT)

2019 Film Elinora’s Dream presented at Kino Pavasaris (Vilnius International Film Festival) (LT)

2019 Performance and installation Vodka Salt at the Kanal Centre Pompidou, in Performatik (The Brussels biennale of performance art), in the context of a.pass’ Unsettled study, curated by Vladimir Miller, Brussels (BE)

2019 Solo exhibition Legal Implications of a Dream (Elinora’s Dream), in collaboration with Elinora Schwartz, curated by Leah Abir, Art Cube Artists' Studios, Jerusalem (IL)

2018 Solo exhibition Legal Implications of a Dream, featuring new texts, installations, sound and video performances and collaborations with Israeli artists Amir Gwirtzman and Elinora Schwartz, curated by Leah Abir, RawArt gallery, Tel Aviv (IL)

2018 Performance and installation Advertising Anarchism (Reklamuojant anarchizmą) in a group exhibition JCDecaux Prize: Dignity, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (LT)

2018 Scenography and costumes for The Perfect Match by E. Ionesco, director Paulius Ignatavičius, Šiauliai Drama Theatre (LT)

2018 Writing, directing and scenography for the performance Bakunin. The show premiered in the Venice Biennale Architettura 2018, Laboratorio Artistico Pietra in Turin and Sirenos International Theatre Festival in Vilnius (IT/LT)

2018 Scenography and costumes for The Door (Durys), written and directed by Jo Stromgren, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, Vilnius (LT)

2018 Performance Put Words In My Mouth at ZSenne Art Laboratory, in the context of a.pass, curated by Pierre Rubio, Brussels (BE)

2018 Scenography for M. Crimp's In the Republic of Happiness (Laimės Respublikoje), director Mantas Jančiauskas, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, Vilnius (LT)

2018 Ethnographic research in Israel: constructions of history and identity, religious law vs. state law (IL)

2018/19 Artistic research at a.pass (advanced performance and scenography studies) research institute in Brussels (BE)

2018 Establishment of the not-for-profit company Schizma. This Vilnius-based initiative exists for the development of international artistic research and performing arts projects in Vilnius and abroad (LT)

2017 Directing (in collaboration with Aaron Kahn), scenography and costumes for M. I. Fornes’ Mud (Dumblas), a site-specific theatre performance in an abandoned school, Šiauliai Drama Theatre (LT)

2017 Performance and installation Khazar Mythology (in collaboration with A. Kahn and M. Lipšic) in a group exhibition The Future is Certain,It’s the Past which is Unpredictable, curated by Monika Lipšic, Calvert 22 Foundation, London (UK)

2017 Ethnographic research in the Caucasus (Russia and Georgia): constructions of history and identity, lost Khazaria (RU/GE)

2017 Performance and installation based on G. Palekaitė’s play Conversation on the Roof of Chungking Mansions in a techno-theatrical reading, Autarkia, Vilnius (LT)

2017 Publication of first theatre play Conversation on the Roof of Chungking Mansions based on the audio-visual and ethnographic research in Hong Kong, published in Alicja's Khatchikian book Father Than I Thought by the Quiet Propaganda studio, Turin (IT)

2017 Nomination 'Best Scenography' for The Golden Stage Cross (highest Lithuanian theatre award) for Europeans (Europiečiai) (LT)

2017 Scenography for P. Highsmith‘s The Talented Mr.Ripley, director Thomas Birkmeir, The Austrian National Youth Theatre (Theater der Jugend), Vienna (AT)

2016 Scenography and costumes for Europeans (Europiečiai) based on Aeschylus' The Suppliants and other texts, director Paulius Ignatavičius, Vilniaus Mažasis Teatras (LT)    

2016 Ethnographic research in Hong Kong: capitalism and authenticity (HK)

2016 Scenography for W. Herrndorf‘s Tschick, director Thomas Birkmeir, The Austrian National Youth Theatre (Theater der Jugend), Vienna (AT)

2015 Monography Conditions of Creativity: Ethnographic research among young
contemporary artists in Vilnius
, published by Akademikerverlag, Germany (DE)

2015 Scenography and costumes for Eugene O’Neill‘s Desire Under The Elms (Meilė po guobomis), director Paulius Ignatavičius, Šiauliai Drama Theatre (LT)

2015 Ethnographic research in Yogyakarta and Bali, Indonesia: theatre anthropology (ID)

2015 Installation based on H. Müller's Hamletmachine exhibited in the international Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ), Prague (CZ)

2014 Publication The Non-Existent That Never Was: The Inconsistency of the Contemporary San-Space in Namibia, academic journal Lithuanian Ethnology 14[23] (LT)

2014 Ethnographic research in Vilnius and curatorial work on MINEO art festival: anthropology of space and contemporary art (LT)

2014 Ethnographic research among Ju/’Hoansi-San in Namibia: anthropology of space (NA)

2012 Research assistant in the Center for Social Anthropology, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas (LT)

2010 Performance in the group exhibition Waiting Spaces curated by the University of Applied Arts, Vienna (AT)

2010 Nomination 'Best Scenography and Costumes' for The Golden Stage Cross (highest Lithuanian theatre award) for The Fight (Kova) (LT)

2009 Scenography and costumes for The Fight (Kova) based on F. Kafka’s novels, director Paulius Ignatavičius, Šiauliai Drama Theater (LT)

2008 New Opera Action (NOA) festival: scenography and costumes (in collaboration with Marija Pauipaitė) for a short opera Crane and Stork by Jonas Sakalauskas, Vilnius Puppet Theater (LT)

Education: 2011 Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, BFA in Scenography | 2015 University of Vienna, Cultural and Social Anthropology, international CREOLE program, MA degree | 2019 A.pass Brussels, Post Master Degree in Artistic Research 

Born in 1987 in Vilnius