Roksana Mucaj

Roksana Mucaj


My work is informed by my identity as both Albanian and Irish. My focus revolves around the Third Space Theory which is taken from the work of cultural and post- colonial theorist Homi Bhabha. It speaks about one space (Albania), a second space (Ireland) and the third space being the liminal space in between. The Third Space enables the creation of something different, something new and unrecognisable, a new area of negotiation of meaning and representation. As a mixed media artist I employ painting, photography, text, and old objects to investigate issues of displacement, family, language, memory and loss of culture. I portray nostalgia and the anxieties connected to the memories I have of moving away so young. I enjoy painting from old photos I have from Albania and overlaying them with text, whether it be with Albanian songs, Irish poems, or just text that resonates with me. I find this attempts to connect the two cultures. The idea of displacement, or loss of culture, is a big theme in my work as it has affected not only me, but also my family and millions of others across the world. It is a familiar feeling for many people and I feel it is a very important topic to dissect.


Course: fine art

Year: 2023

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