Photo by Violeta Bubelytė
„Violeta Bubelytė has established herself in the history of Lithuanian art as a unique and taboo braking artist. Her earlier works were created before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Violeta‘s self-nude photography was far from gaining public support at that time due to the context in art and photography, to by the political situation, emotional and psychological atmosphere. Even some of her colleagues felt uncomfortable with what the woman photographer was doing. That was certainly not to be expected from the public, which was more determined to condemn it rather than try to understand it.
In Soviet times Violeta‘s nude picture was incomprehensible mainly because she has been taking pictures of herself naked. Moreover, she began to create a kind of theatre by placing herself nude in front of the camera, being the main character, fixer, viewer and judge by herself. Her body became a creative tool, the material, the most important medium of the artistic expression. According to the author, she herself is absent in these photographs. Only her body and face have been borrowed for certain roles.
Returning to the same theme 12 years later, with the aging body, she has proven that her self-picture as well as her body are free from any restraints. By capturing her corporeality today, she does not search an aging signs, but boldly declares her altered personality – with a much broader life experience, more radical denial of sexuality, deeper irony and unlimited freedom“. Art Critic Danguolė Ruškienė
Artist’s works are in the collections of Lithuanian Art Museum, MO museum, Lithuanian Photographers Association, National Library, Paris, held in private collections in Lithuania and abroad.