Homelands (Year 2)
Homelandsis now in its second year, we continueto work with the migrant Roma community in the west-end of Newcastle andNorth East based Slovakian artist Zuzana Hruskova, as well as supporting new collaboration with other artists.
In Homelands (Year 2), Zuzana isworkingin particular with Roma women exploring themes of isolation within the home and community. Zuzana is visiting Roma women in their homes and creating photography and film footage with the women, documenting the environments they feel safe in. The working title for this series of photographic and film work is NO GOLD UNDER MY SKIN
Zuzana is also currently working on THE ROYALS, which will manifest itself as a installation of hand-painted plates created in collaboration with a naive artists from the Roma community.
Eva Karchnakova a young Changemaker isworkingwith Zuzana throughout the project.
‘Homelands’ is a visual and media arts community residency project, initiated by ISIS Arts, taking place in the North East region over a three-year period, and includes residencies in the UK for regional and international artists linking to our Diaspora communities.
‘Homelands’ is exploring ideas surrounding home, migration and a collective sense of belonging. The project supports a shared cultural language of expression promoting a better mutual understanding, helping to support people to express a strong sense of identity, and arm them with confidence and tools to combat prejudice.
To find out about what we did in the first year of Homelands, please click here.
Zuzana Hruskova and Marek Šulík,Homelands trailer (Year 1)
Zuzana Hruskovawas born in 1977 in Trstena, Slovakia, approximately 10 km from the Slovak/Polish border. She studied in the departments of textile design and painting at the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Bratislava, and was an Erasmus Scholar at the University of Newcastle. She lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne. Using photography, narrative and written systems and other art forms, she participates regularly in international and national events. She is closely involved with Roma communities settled in Newcastle and beyond. Zuzana joined ISIS for a 3-week research residency in 2008, when she started to develop the ideas for Homelands. She has exhibited at the Side Gallery and Cinema, the Waygood Gallery, the Globe Gallery and BALTIC in the North East, as well as galleries in Slovakia, Austria, Holland and Poland.
Homelands is supported by Northern Rock Foundation, Newcastle City Council and the ‘Make Your Mark’ fund.