Mezzosoprano Alice Lackner and photographic artist Mark Neville combine documentary photography and a contemporary re-interpretation of traditional East Ukrainian folk songs. Alice Lackner will perform her own interpretation of traditional folk songs recorded by Mark Neville on Ukraine's frontline and elsewhere. Simultaneously, Neville's images of Ukrainians affected by the war in different contexts are projected. With this installation, the artists will shed light on the every-day lives of people living in the conflict. The goal is to broaden and deepen our understanding of the way a conflict influences and alternates the narratives of a nation. Commissioned by the Centre for Eastern European and International Studies (ZOiS), this collaboration is complementary to ongoing scientific work on the war in Ukraine.
- British artist Mark Neville works at the intersection of art and documentary, investigating the social function of photography. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his New York Times Magazine commission on wealth inequality "Here is London". His previous collaboration with ZOiS has resulted in the exhibition "Displaced Ukrainians".
- Alice Lackner graduated as a singer from the Musikhochschule Köln/Aachen and recently completed her Master's degree as a sociologist at Freie Universität Berlin. Apart from her work as a Mezzoprano, she is a research assistant at ZOiS where she is involved in the statistical analysis related to the surveys in Ukraine.
- Imke Lichtwark graduated as a pianist from the Berlin University of the Arts. In addition to her musical activities for the rbb, NDR and Deutschlandfunk Kultur, she works regularly with composers and as répétiteur at the Berlin University of the Arts.
The event is part of the series ZOiS Forum.
The ZOiS Forum brings together academic, artistic, and political perspectives on the issues driving Eastern Europe today. Our aim is to make the significance and variety of our region of research accessible to a broad audience. Readings, discussions, presentations, and film screenings take place once a month during the semester.