Nika Neelova

Nika Neelova’s practice explores the themes of memory and commemoration by bringing up remainders of history through architectural manifestations, often depicting elements and fragments originating in this history, that have lived through and survived it. The sculptures are often site-specific, being closely bound to various locations and cities such as London – deriving from its past and the history that has shaped it. Elevating and retrieving various fragments collected from different sites and exalted from their usual context, the pieces are seeking to re-imagine the perception of its architecture.

The fragments retrieved are often shown only as casts, emphasising their distance from the past and their fragility in the present. Neelova’s work addresses memory through a historical and personal perspective. By deliberately choosing the history of the past that hasn’t made it into the present, the work is imagining what this history would look like had it survived until now. History finds the manifestation of its ‘memory’ shaped through the notion of the ruin. Ruins represent simultaneously an absence and a presence, they are the intersection of the visible and the invisible. As fragmented structures, they point to a lost and invisible whole, whilst their still visible presence also references durability and perseverance.