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Indre Serpytyte

When the Golden Sun is Sinking

Indre Serpytyte

6 May – 22 June 2019

Indre Serpytyte (b. 1983 in Palanga, Lithuania) is an artist living and working in London, UK. Serpytyte is concerned with the impact of conflict and war on history and perception.  She works with photography, sculpture and installation. 

Tour of the exhibition from Nicola Shipley, GRAIN 21 May 2019, 1pm.  FREE

Meet the Artist -13 June 2019, 12.30pm.  FREE

Interview with Artist, Photomonitor

GRAIN Projects commissioned ŠerpytytÄ— to collaborate on research and make new work, the project is exhibited in partnership with Rugby Art Gallery & Museum.
It is estimated that throughout both World Wars, the Ministry of Munitions employed around a million female munitions workers in thousands of arms factories. These women played a crucial role in Britain’s strategy of “total war”, especially after Britain’s shell crisis in 1915 when there was a severe shortage of artillery shells on the front line.  The women worked extremely long hours as production was focused on a 24-hour shift pattern with only one day off a week.
Using archive material from Midlands collections as well as from the Imperial War Museum, ŠerpytytÄ— has researched the relationship between images of the female factory workforce, widely publicised as part of a political propaganda project to boost morale, and the images, accounts and ephemera that tell the largely hidden and forgotten story of the so-called ‘munitionettes.’  
In this unique installation the artist uses vases made in the trenches from spent shells as a way to explore the complex relationship between domesticity, ornament, labour, class, gender, war and trauma. The work explores the objects and materials of war.
The project was commissioned by GRAIN Projects and is supported by Arts Council England

Image credit: © 'When the Golden Sun is Sinking (2019.04)’ Indre Serpytyte


world war one

image credit: Imperial War Museum