About this Project

This website is the online archive for ‘In the eyes of LISA’ a collaborative research project presented by Civic Room with visual artist Marija Nemčenko and the Central Eastern European Studies (CEES) subject group at the University of Glasgow. The project seeks to reveal hidden narratives of Lithuanian migration and assimilation in Scotland from late 19th century to present day by gathering different forms of social heritage.


Here you will find selected documentation from a series of workshops and events that ran from September to December 2019 using memories, material culture and personal accounts of migration stories. Also included are interviews, objects and archival research that was presented as part of Marija Nemčenko’s exhibition at Civic Room from 15 November – 22nd December 2019.


‘In the eyes of LISA’ was the final exhibition featured in the year long programme ‘Of Lovely Tyrants and Invisible Women’ programme investigating themes of spatial politics, gender and racial hierarchies within imperial architecture. This year-long programme, curated by Civic Room, Glasgow featured four solo exhibitions from artists – Lauren Printy Currie, Ashanti Harris, Thulani Rachia and Marija Nemčenko and an events programme in collaboration with cultural organisations, community groups and public audiences. ‘Of Lovely Tyrants and Invisible Women’ is co-curated by Director, Sarah Strang and Curator, Alasdair Campbell.


The project is generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund with additional project funding provided by Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Heritage Trust and Lithuanian Cultural Institute. Civic Room receives support in-kind from Oran Mor, Carson & Partners and Civic Room Advisory. ‘In the eyes of LISA’ was also part of a larger events programme under the umbrella title Lithuanian Days in Scotland organised by the Lithuanian Embassy. 


With thanks to: Cait Mcglinchey and her family, Alan Poutney, James D. White, Gintare Venzlauskaite, Jokūbas Čižikas, Daina Bytautiene, The Lithuanian Social Club Bellshill, Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life – Culture NL, National Mining Museum Scotland, Motherwell Heritage Centre, Professor David Smith and the CEES department at the University of Glasgow, “Saduta” Lithuanian folk group and Bereyozka Ltd shop for their input and support of the project. 


Marija Nemčenko (b. 1989, Kaunas, Lithuania) is an artist, writer and learning activities facilitator working in Glasgow, Scotland. She received her MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2016 and BA(Hons) in Sculpture from Camberwell College of Arts in 2013. Marija works between Lithuania and Scotland. She is part of BRUT Europe collective which focuses on housing conditions then and now. Marija Nemčenko website marijanemcenko.com


Civic Room not-for-profit contemporary art gallery in Glasgow led by Director Sarah Strang and Curator Alasdair Campbell.  Website: www.civicroom.com