FNE congratulates Lithuania on winning the Golden Lion at the 58th Biennale for Sun & Sea by Lina Lapelyte, Vaiva Grainyte and Rugile Barzdziukaite.
The jury offered the following statement:
Golden Lion for Best National Participation to Lithuania for the experimental spirit of the Pavilion and its unexpected treatment of national representation. The jury was impressed with the inventive use of the venue to present a Brechtian opera as well as the Pavilion’s engagement with the city of Venice and its inhabitants. Sun & Sea (Marina) is a critique of leisure and of our times as sung by a cast of performers and volunteers portraying everyday people.
The jury also awarded the Silver Lion for a Promising Young Participant in the International Exhibition May You Live in Interesting Times to Haris Epaminonda of Cyprus.