Marija Šnipaitė’s exhibition 'The Night Is Too Long' at the RAVNIKAR Gallery in Ljubljana

The exhibition “The Night Is Too Long” by Lithuanian sculptor and interdisciplinary artist Marija Šnipaitė opened at the RAVNIKAR gallery in Ljubljana.

Marija Šnipaitė is a young-generation sculptor and an interdisciplinary artist, characterized by her consistently abstracted sculptural language, associative thinking, and attention to materiality. The artist is constantly testing the limits of sculptural media by reconstructing space as well as combining found objects and fragile and durable materials. Often her works do not have a final form – motifs, materials, or elements from one work can be reconstructed to appear in another artwork. Such transition emphasises the continuity of Marija Šnipaitė’s work, the integrity of her creative process, and the continuation of her conceptual foundation.

In “The Night Is Too Long, the artist creates a landscape that serves as a backdrop for exploring the theme of clothing fragments as a continuation of the human body and sensibility. The artist views the elements of clothing as spaces, territories, and forms. Different parts of garments here are transformed into sculptural objects, losing their original function and becoming reincarnated into other roles. The encountered objects reveal a multifaceted use of techniques, materials, and textures, which are assembled into an exhibition that feels like a cohesive large-scale drawing, with the sculptures serving as vibrant spots of color. The exhibition itself is designed as a walk, where these elements – as if they were lost and left behind – blend seamlessly with the fragments of the landscape.

Marija Šnipaitė (b. 1988) – in 2014, she graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Arts with a Master’s degree in Sculpture. In 2010 she had a traineeship at the Stuttgart Academy of Arts, Germany. Since 2016, she has been a member of the Lithuanian Association of Interdisciplinary Artists. Since 2011, she has been participating in exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad, presenting her sculptures in public space. Her work has been awarded several individual scholarships from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania for art and culture creators.

The exhibition is part of an international exchange between RAVNIKAR Gallery in Ljubljana and (AV17) Gallery in Vilnius. RAVNIKAR is a well-known and internationally recognized contemporary art gallery in Slovenia, with a particular focus on the presentation of female creators and emphasizing the role of contemporary visual art in social, political, and cultural discourse.

Marija Šnipaitė’s exhibition “The Night Is Too Long” will be on view at the RAVNIKAR Gallery (Vošnjakova ulica str. 4, Ljubljana) until May 11.

The project is financed by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.

Photography: RAVNIKAR Gallery

Marija Šnipaitė. The Night Is Too Long. 2024. Exhibition view.

Marija Šnipaitė. The Night Is Too Long. 2024. Exhibition view.

Marija Šnipaitė. The Night Is Too Long. 2024. Exhibition view.

Marija Šnipaitė. The Night Is Too Long. 2024. Exhibition view.

Marija Šnipaitė. The Night Is Too Long. 2024. Exhibition view.

Marija Šnipaitė. The Night Is Too Long. 2024. Exhibition view.

Marija Šnipaitė. The Night Is Too Long. 2024. Exhibition view.

Marija Šnipaitė. The Night Is Too Long. 2024. Exhibition view.

Marija Šnipaitė. The Night Is Too Long. 2024. Exhibition view.

Marija Šnipaitė. The Night Is Too Long. 2024. Exhibition view.

Marija Šnipaitė. The Night Is Too Long. 2024. Exhibition view.

Marija Šnipaitė. The Night Is Too Long. 2024. Exhibition view.

Marija Šnipaitė. The Night Is Too Long. 2024. Exhibition view.