Glasgow International 2020

Marija Nemcenko



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.

Supported by Glasgow City Heritage Trust, Lithuanian Culture Institute and Lithuanian Embassy in the UK.

Nemcenko will give a talk on Wed 25 April – more details here.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Sun, 1pm-4pm

Artist’s talk
Wed 25 April, 7pm

Partially accessible

Marija Nemcenko

Artist Talk


In this talk, artist Marija Nemčenko will take visitors through her work and elaborate upon the links between her exhibition for Glasgow International and the historical surroundings of Fairfield Heritage Centre. Borrowing ideas from a prominent thinker of the 20th century, Walter Benjamin, Nemčenko will discuss Modernist and Brutalist constructions in regards to the themes of architectural heritage, preservation, progress, labor and the revolutionary potential hidden within these concrete colonies.

Nemčenko will be joined by Hussein Mitha and Edward Hollis.

Hussein Mitha (UK) is an academic studying Walter Benjamin’s work and utopian fiction, delivering a talk covering modernist architecture, utopian ideas, destruction and Walter Benjamin’s ideas of revolutionary potential in relation to the tower blocks.

Edward Hollis (UK), Deputy Director of Research at Edinburgh College of Art, whose talk will cover modernist ruins and his work at St. Peters Seminary – an outstanding example of Brutalist buildings in Scotland.

Free; booking required. Book via Eventbrite.

Wed 25 April, 7pm

Partially accessible

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