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Martushka Fromeast



eople and their stories fascinate Martushka Fromeast. She craves to understand the diversity of people's lives. She is interested in identities, in consciousness and in life attitudes of groups and individuals resulting from the dynamic between different grand narratives and small, personal-phenomenological narratives. She believes that contemporary art should not be concerned with establishing general truths, but rather with possibilities. The question of the greater or lesser ‘truth’ of the various narratives cannot be analyzed in a context of general pertinence. Any attempt of understanding is an on-going process, which requires constant questioning and self-reflection. Martushka Fromeast’s work explores themes such as identity, culture, politics and economy by means of photography, installation and video. Martushka’s works are created in the process of interactions. She aims to get a deeper understanding, which can subsequently lead to social innovation. She sets interventions and documents the unfolding of a new narrative. Her creative process includes collaborations with a wide range of people from different communities, cultures and professions: from Roma children in Easter European Roma Settlements to a Himalaya Guide in India. She explores how identity can be performed via objects and spaces linked to personal stories. Martushka graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland, as well as from the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London, UK. Having worked for several years as a photojournalist, Martushka has covered stories of national identity and economic changes in Poland, Ukraine, Russia and the Turkish part of Kurdistan. In 2004 she co-founded the Click Academy, an art group that uses pinhole photography as a means of social change. Since 2005 she has been working with Romani people in Eastern Europe, visiting and documenting their settlements as well as running community project, Romani Click, which is a voice in a discourse on an approach to education of Roma and was exhibited internationally in Austrian Parliament in Vienna and in 2nd Roma Pavilion in Venice International Arts Biennale.

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