Athens Academy of Fine Arts
A construction of an on-going archive of mourning acts corresponding to Ukraine’s traditional culture of lament will be created by the faculty members of the Athens Academy of Fine Arts. In these desolate times, an extraordinary force of help has been assumed in order to support and protect Ukrainian citizens fleeing from the terrors of war. Within this flow of refuge the female population remains the most vulnerable while, at the same time, forms the agent of a distinct culture which needs to be preserved in order to maintain community bonds in exile. A series of recordings with Ukrainian women migrants and refugees performing lament and story-telling will form the core of this archive which will be launched on an interactive online platform. The archive will be enriched by interviews with scholars in feminist theory, critical theory and ethnology, which will re-visit the tradition of lament in relation to Ukraine’s history and traditions as well as within a wider geographical spectrum. Individual recordings will be broadcasted as a podcast diffused by the social media aiming at the widest possible audience. The collection of broadcasts will then form the contents of a different audio book.