Marija Nemcenko (b. 1989, Kaunas, Lithuania) lives and works in Glasgow, UK. Nemcenko’s explores contemporary myths and their dissemination through popular media. She is interested in stereotypes, which, in our current times, often become instruments for reasoning with the world.
In order to challenge our perception of reality through myth and legend, the artist creates satirical and docu-fictional scenarios that explore the themes of cultural identity, migration and exoticism. Nemcenko often draws inspiration from her personal experience of migration from a young post-soviet country by analysing her own displacement. She refers to this cultural shift as acquiring a “double vision” – a term discussed by contemporary critic Homi Bhabha. This binary vision encourages geographical sensitivity to the motherland and the residing state at once, making one feel familiar yet distant to both. Similarly, these feelings of nostalgia instigate an appreciation of one’s origin and culture anew, creating a space for reflection upon our perception of the ‘cultural other’.
Solo shows include: Between East and West there is a place (from a pop song); Kabinetas at Kaunas Artist House, Kaunas, Lithuania (2017); Between modernity and tradition in Moroccan folk textiles, Ultra Laboratory, Casablanca, Morocco (2013).
Group Exhibitions include: MFA Selected, Citizen M, Glasgow, UK (2017); Keir Street Kitchen, Glasgow Open House Festival, Glasgow, Scotland (2017); Silainiai Project, Kabinetas Project Space, Kaunas, Lithuania (2016); MFA Degree Show, Glue Factory, Glasgow, UK (2016); Pulses and Pauses; Marrakech Biennial, Marrakech, Morocco (2016).
For more information visit: marijanemcenko.com.
In an intuitive study of socialist structures that expands from Eastern Europe’s brutalist landscapes to Glasgow’s tower blocks, BRUT finds shared experiences to reveal the cultural legacy of these constructions. Influenced by personal experience of migration from a young post-Soviet nation, Nemcenko addresses the questions of unfulfilled promises and elaborates upon how these concrete colonies come to define a certain social and cultural identity from multiple perspectives at once.
Nemcenko will give a talk on Wed 25 April – more details here.
Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Sun, 1pm-4pm
Wed 25 April, 7pm
Artist's Talk by Marija Nemcenko
Artist Marija Nemcenko will give a talk on her work, and discuss her Gi2018 show BRUT, an intuitive study of socialist structures that expands from Eastern Europe’s brutalist landscapes to Glasgow’s tower blocks.
Wed 25 April, 7pm