Artist Biography

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.

Curriculum Vitae 


Limerick School of Art and Design, First Class Honours Degree

Sep 2012 — Nov 2016 


Received a (first class honour ) 1.1 degree and graduated with the highest grade in my graduating year.



Awards and Achievements

Winner of Best International Documentary, İnönü Film Festival, Turkey

May 2022

Winner of Best Short Documentary, Reykjavik Film Festival

February 2022

Best Documentary Film Award
August 2021

Recipient of the Galway Film Centre Bursary
June 2020


WatchOut  Film  Festival, Macedonia

May 2017 — May 2017

I was flown to Macedonia and presented the award for winning the experimental film category



Montreal Film Festival, Canada

Aug 2017 — Aug 2017

Awarded winner of the experimental film category.



Cork Film Centre Graduate Award

Aug 2016 — Aug 2016

Received the Graduate award for my Degree Show and presented my work in the Cork Film Centre.



LIT Graduate Award

June 2016 — June 2016

Presented with the LIT Graduate Award for my consistency and degree show work



Exhibitions and Experience


Film Screened in Reykjavik Film Festival

Film Screened in İnönü Film Festival, Turkey


Solo Exhibition, 'Parallel Familiars', Courthouse Gallery, Clare

Solo Exhibition, 'Parallel Familiars, Custom House Gallery, Westport

Official Selection, Waterford Film Festival, Waterford

 GAZE International Film Festival, Dublin

 The LiftOff Sessions Festival, London

 TULCA visual arts Festival


Recipient of Irish Arts Council Film Bursary

Recipient of Galway Film Centre Bursary

Awarded the bursary with a brief to create a short film based in Galway City. I excelled at the task at hand and in the process decided to collaborate with fellow creatives.

Official selection

Lift-Off Sessions, London, UK



Recipient of The Great Lighthouses of Ireland, Film Bursary

Given the opportunity to stay in  Blackhead Lighthouse, Antrim, and to create a short (lm based on the Lighthouse itself and its sister The Great Light,  Belfast City. Upon completion my work was screened in the Titanic Museum.

Cinematographer for film, ‘Puma Productions’

An independent emerging (lm production approached me to collaborate on a short experimental (lm as the cinematographer.

Solo Exhibition

‘Parallel Familiars’, Artlink, Donegal

Official Selection

Samples, Mexico City, Mexico. 


OGA Visual Art Exhibition, Rome, Italy

Solo Exhibition, Linenhall, Castlebar, Ireland 

Film Festival, Madrid, Spain

K-Fest, Kilorglin, Kerry, Ireland

W’ow. 14, National University Kharkiv,Ukraine 

Ibrida Film Festival, Flori, Italy



Galway City Gallery, Ireland

Kineova International (lm Festival, Skopje, Macedonia Richter Film, Moscow, Russia

Impressions  Biennale, International Arts Festival, Galway 

WatchOut Film Festival, Tetovo, Macedonia

Solo Exhibition, The Ivy House, Dublin



Group Exhibition, Clinton Centre, Fermanagh

Solo Exhibition, Cork Film Centre,

LIT Drawing Awards, Church Gallery, Limerick

The Florence O’Vere Lace Drawing Awards, Limerick


HIVE Gallery, Waterford

Group Exhibition, Sailors Home, Limerick


Selected Publications

Women CineMakers Magazine 

Establish Zine

Art Reveal Magazine

The Woven Tale Press Magazine 

Into the Void Magazine

Irish Arts Review


Volunteer Work

Director of 126 Artist-Run Gallery

Sep 2016 — Oct 2019

Directorial position of 126 Artist-Run Gallery, Galway.

Responsible for the smooth running of the gallery for over three years. 

With roles including Studio Manager, Technician, Artist Liaison.

Additional tasks of fundraising and curating

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.''
(Hirsch, 2008)

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.

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