I am a practitioner, academic and researcher interested in creating work that can help us to think through new historical discontinuities that have emerged in post-capitalist and post-socialist transition. This is ever more relevant at a time when the Eurozone is fragmenting, and right wing populisms are on the rise. In addition, I do research and write extensively on the issues of belonging, female body and the border and intergenerational trauma. My artistic work explores borders and stories that emerge from living in transition. Ultimately, I am interested in creating and researching work that provides means by which people can meet, human to human, in all their differences, in the most sensitive and sincere way possible.
In 2016, Elena Marchevska undertook research residency in LADA’s Study Room exploring live art practices and methodologies in issues of cultural privilege and the displaced. This residency was part of LADA’s Restock, Rethink, Reflect Four programme, that aims to mark and map the ways in which Live Art has developed new forms of access to, and understandings of, knowledge, agency, and inclusion in relation to the under-represented, marginalized and disenfranchised constituencies of: * the young * the old * the displaced, and * those excluded through economic and social barrriers. Elena’s residency was done in collaboration with Counterpoints Arts and built on dis/placed programme of events which was organised in response to global demographic shifts and unprecedented levels of human displacement. As part of her residency, Elena worked with the concept of hospitality in juxtaposition with hostility and decided to extend invitation and host other artists as part of her residency. Firstly, she invited the artist Tanja Ostojic to run a free two-day workshop at LADA on ideas of displacement as part of Tanja's ongoing Misplaced Women? project, on 13-14 December 2016. The workshop was followed by a public performance by Tanja and workshop participants. Elena also invited artists to submit contributions to her Study Room Guide on Displacement in the form of anecdotes, stories, short observations, poems, photographs or performance texts on their experiences of the ‘state of displacement’. Read Elena's guest post for Performing Borders on Misplaced women?: The concept of hospitality in times of displacement. Forthcoming: On 19 October 2017, LADA will officially promote and publish The Study Room Guide on The Displaced and Privilege: Live Art in Age of Hostility and The Toolkit for Itinerant Artist, both authored by Elena Marchevska.
Elena talking about her residency video
Megan Vaughan of LADA interviews Kelly Green, Elena Marchevska, Lois Weaver and Sibylle Peters about their LADA residencies for CAPP.
Misplaced Women? in London, video of the workshop
Funding: The residency was funded by the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), an EU-funded research project looking at collaborative practices within socially engaged contexts. The overall goal of CAPP is to improve and open up opportunities for artists who are working collaboratively across Europe, by enhancing mobility and exchange whilst at the same time engaging new publics and audiences for collaborative practices. The principle aims of the CAPP residencies are to explore new models of participation and co-operation and encourage an exchange of artists’ methodologies, contexts? and ideas.