Born in post-war Germany, Lily Markiewicz, who lives in England, is renowned for the imagery she has evolved to wordlessly articulate issues around trauma and Judeo-European history. Critics have remarked on the power of her “almost minimalist poetry of oblique visual suggestion” and the “controlled process of understated revelation.”
Promise II incorporates photographs on light-sensitive paper, recorded sound, and video installed in a dimly lit space. The artist describes the effects as follows: “Under water — a moment in limbosensations of pleasure and terror, confinement and release, exile and belonging, exist side by side. Here the unflinching eye of the goldfish observes our every movement and the already fading images of a moment. When is the Past past, when is memory only a memory?