‘In the eyes of LISA’ draws on the history of the Lithuanian migrant community in Lanarkshire in the 19th and 20th centuries and their role in the heavy industries that contributed to the wealth of Glasgow. The exhibition serves to commemorate a fraction of the migrant labour engraved within the fabric of the city.
Traversing through time, the exhibition will make connections between the first wave of immigrants in the 19th century and the more recent communities that were formed as a result of ‘cheap labour influx’ after Lithuania joined the EU in 2004. Researching the division of labour and the constructed stereotypes that have supported this partition of work and rights, In the eyes of LISA explores Lithuanian migrant identities in the popular British imagination since the 19th century.
‘In the eyes of LISA’ is the final exhibition featured in the ‘Of Lovely Tyrants and Invisible Women’ programme investigating themes of spatial politics, gender and racial hierarchies within imperial architecture. Generously funded by Creative Scotland with additional project funding provided by National Lottery Heritage Fund Glasgow City Heritage Trust.
In the eyes of LISA Exhibition Text