This project has been developed in Kramators´k - UA.
Kramators´k is a 200.000 inhabitants town that in September 2018 celebrated 150 years foundation, that in 2014 has been one of the first separatists hotbeds and after the occupation of Donetsk has become the provisional centre of Donetsk Oblast.
Kramators´k is a place in search for identity, a symbol for the struggle of the whole Ukrainian country.
Objective of this project was to experiment a collaborative process of collective memory creation that, moving among individual narrations, crossed codified representation standards and aimed at the cooperative shaping of places memory as a component of individual and collective identity.
The work moves from the interviews to eight locals. The recordings have resulted in transcriptions which then served as a loose reference to photographic series realised in the described locations.
From this series I have printed 20 postcards completed with a title and a quotation from the interview they refer to and made them available during the exhibition opening along with documentation material, such as the transcriptions , a video projection of the photo-series and a map of the town with the locations pinned.
At the end of the opening there were almost no postcards left. Some of them have been posted in the provided postbox, some have been sent to me and can be showed here.
Series of 20 postcards
"The Institute for Humanities and Economics was connected for me to the possibility to get the most powerful education in Humanities I could receive in Kramators´k. It was private but still not extremely expensive with 300UAH fee per month.
We had the chance to study Chinese philosophy and literature on original texts. (...)
The Institute had a very special atmosphere, like in Europe, I think. It was our life, it meant freedom. You were provided ways to the world. You study and you can get everything in your life."
"The 90´s have been a difficult time in Ukraine. We became independent and moved from socialism to capitalism. The crime rate in that time was very high and I grew up in one of the most difficult district in town. The building where I used to live, as well as many others in the area, was a 9 storey one which we used to call malasimeca, that means room for small family and in fact they could be even 12mq.(...)
These malasimeca were really dangerous in the 90´s, or maybe especially for me because I was a weak boy and almost every time I was walking there I would get robbed or bullied."
Art Museum Kramators'k
Excerpts from interviews