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Gabrielė Grigorjevaitė is a designer and researcher based in London. Working at the intersection of visual art, architecture and environmental politics, Gabrielė explores the material histories of industrialisation, colonisation and financialisation of nature and the built environment.
Her work has been presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Dulwich Picture Gallery, University of the Arts London, Arts Catalyst and Sharjah Architecture Triennial among others.
She uses storytelling, narrative-based spatial analysis and counter cartography to translate complex scientific findings and data into visual representations that aim to clarify, foreground and elevate complex narratives and more-than-human entanglements. Working with maps, diagrams, text, objects, exhibitions, publications, workshops and other mediums, she seeks to inspire new ways of approaching complexity and opening up the possibilities to imagine alternative futures.
Gabrielė’s current research centres on forest ecosystems in the Baltic and Northern European regions. Exploring the forest as a constellation of concepts, images and spaces, her research investigates the effects of intensifying extractive forestry practices on ecosystems and different forms of diversity.
Over the last year, she has been collaborating with Lithuania’s Ancient Wood Foundation – a consortium of biologists, botanists, environmental scientists, as well as artists and filmmakers – aiming to protect threatened old-growth forests and the life forms they contain, and to establish enduring public forests in Lithuania as blueprints of thriving ecosystems.
Gabrielė has worked at the University of the Arts London, including the Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, Centre for Circular Design and the Social Design Institute, producing and curating projects and public programmes since 2015.
She holds an MA in Environmental Architecture from the Royal College of Art London.