In conversation for social concept


What is your name? Where did you grow up?

“My name is Margo and I grew up in Kyiv.”

What do you do in your life?

“I am living in Zürich and studying fine arts in Zürich at ZHDK. I do paintings and also try performative art for example modeling, for me, it’s a part of performative art.”

What kind of object did you bring with you and why?

“I brought this stone. For me, it’s special because we found it with my best friend, who is also from Ukraine. She currently lives in Berlin. We found it last Christmas, near the trash bags. There were two stones; this one looked like her, and the other looked like me, so we decided to give each other a stone.
As you know, we cannot always be together because it’s just impossible. For the last year, I’ve seen her only three times.
And, like, sometimes we have super bad days, and this is a reminder. As you know, it doesn’t matter how complex your life is; someone who loves you exists somewhere, bringing a lot of energy.
Every time we see each other, she holds it for a long time and I hold hers to fill it with energy.”

What role does creativity play in your life?

“I live because of creativity. It depends on what creativity we talk about, but if we talk about creating art, it’s a big part of my life.
I realized, for example, that at the point where I am, art is more a thing to heal myself and discuss questions or problems through my own experience. I do very personal paintings, and that’s how I try to be honest with myself.”

Are you a conceptual person or do you simply create?

“I fear not having a concept for a painting, other than my personal life which is a big chaotic thing, especially in my mind. Painting is something I can control somehow; that’s why I try to have an Idea first and put it in a concept.
A significant influence is my background studies in Ukraine; we have a different education system, and it’s only about technique. So, I always struggled to express myself but had the skill to do it; somehow, ZHDK opened a way for me to express myself.”