Emma Zukovic was born in Lymington, England, in 1993. The artist is now based in Galway, Ireland. She received her BA in Fine Art Printmaking and Contemporary Practice in Limerick School of Art and Design. The artist's mother is of Irish nationality and her father is from Macedonia.
Being of Macedonian descent, Zukovic's work is concerned with the theory of Post-Memory and it's relevance to the lost country, Yugoslavia.
Third Level Education
2012 – 2016: Limerick School of Art and Design BA Print Making and Contemporary Practice
Main Subjects: Printmaking and Contemporary Practice
4th Year Final Result: First Class Honours Degree
Solo Exhibition, Artlink, Donegal, Ireland
'SAMPLES', Mexico City, Mexico
Solo Exhibition, Linenhall, Castlebar, Mayo, Ireland
W’OW Project, Madrid, Spain
Montreal Film Festival, Montreal, Canada
K-Fest, Killorglin, Kerry, Ireland
‘W’ow.14’, National University Kharkiv, Ukraine
Ibrida Film Festival, Florì, Italy
Galway City Gallery, Galway, Ireland
Kinenova International Film Festival, Skopje, Macedonia.
Richter Festival, Moscow, Russia.
‘Impressions’ Biennale, Galway, Ireland
‘K-Fest’ Kilorglin, Kerry, Ireland
Watch out Film Festival, Tetove, Macedonia
Solo Exhibition, The Ivy House, Dublin, Ireland
Clinton Centre, Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ireland
Solo Exhibition, Cork Film Centre,Cork, Ireland
Graduate Exhibition, Limerick, Ireland
Drawing Awards, Clare Street, Limerick, Ireland
The Florence Lace Drawing Awards, Ireland
Selected Publications and Interviews:
Art Reveal Magazine
The Woven Tale Press
Tales from the Forest
Into the Void.
Autumn edition, Irish Arts Review.
May - 2017: Winner of Watchout Film Festival, Tetovo, Macedonia
September- 2016: Cork Film Centre Graduate Award.
June – 2016: LIT Graduate Awards Purchase Prize.
March-2016: LIT Purchase Prize, Drawing Awards.
January-2016: The Florence Vere O’Brien Lace Drawing Awards.
'We Are Drifters...', 126 Artist Run Gallery, Galway. December - 2016.
Internships and Residencies:
Internship at 126 Artist Run Gallery, St. Bridgets Place, Galway. July – December, 2016.
Funded Teaching Residency in Arch Bishop McHale College, Tuam, Galway.
Current Artist Statement
''Post Memory describes the relationship that the 'generation after' bears to the personal, collective and cultural trauma of those who came before - to experience they 'remember' only by means of the stories, images and behaviours among which they grew up. But these experiences are transmitted to them so deeply and affectively as to seem to constitute memories in their own right.''
The stories which we are told allow us to fabricate our realms of imagination, creating utopians of a place never before visited by us personally. My work is concerned with the disappearance of a country, and those who struggled with cultural identity as a direct result. I am interested in the juxtaposition of Post Memory and contemporary printmaking.
Yugoslavia separated in 1992, and with that the disappearance of a country along with the identity of its inhabitants. Subsequently, in learning of others past lives in the country, I am delving into my own exploration of the self and my affinity with the land that no longer exists. Being of Macedonian descent, with first-hand experience of life in the countries of this former collective state, personal considerations play a significant role in the discussion. Through means of being submitted to others behaviours and stories of this place has been imprinted in my mind, a 'memory' of another life. Experiences and reminiscences, my personal stories and memories of my early life in Lymington at the time of turmoil in Macedonia, have been relevant in the aim of developing a model to critically explore my practice through mediums of film, installation and print.