National Still Life
The series titled National Still Life depicts the inherent curiosity to seek the knowledge as to where we come from. This autoethnographic photographic elegy explores how national identity affects the creative work produced? The images are psychoanalytical diagnoses triggered by nostalgic childhood memories relating to my homeland. The images resonate with a larger audience as objectives include international cultural awareness, immigration issues, globalisation, national identity and pride.
Monika Fischbein (b. 1977, Budapest) has been based in the UK since the age of 19. She has been educated at Plymouth College of Art & Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, the University of Greenwich and currently Linköping University. Monika is an image-maker; whose practice explores the many forms of narrative and identity construction and involves meticulously created studio works. This metamorphosis preoccupies, providing the driving force for her practice. Fischbein’s work seeks to investigate such themes as self-perception and responses to real- life events – spheres, which remain fundamental to her artistic motivation. Her research interests also draw from a personal angle, investigating the lyrical “self” in image making, incorporating national identity and its manifestation within photography.