CITY TRACES

City traces is culture project which proposes the multidisciplinary program for Understanding of the Present through discovering and rethinking the Past. The project is aimed to develop potential local community, reconnect people with their surroundings, raise of local identity of the town. City traces were created in cooperation with Echo.Contact during the project #CultureForLocalDevelopment by Instytut Adama Mickiewicza and European Solidarity Centre.

Inhabitants, activists, local communities, volunteers, local institutions, artists, scientists/researchers, foundations, private partners, municipal administration.

History

Chervonohrad is a small town in Western Ukraine (Lviv region) which was known as Krystynopil. The city was found by Kraków Voivode Feliks Kazimierz Potocki in 1692. Later, at Soviet Union times, when first coal mines appeared there it was named Chervonohrad (after 1951). At 1990 Chervonohrad became the first city in the whole Soviet Union, where a monument to Communist leader Vladimir Lenin was removed.

Nowadays one of the most important landmarks of the city is Count Potocki’s palace, constructed by the order of Feliks Potocki after 1692. Today palace became a religion and historical museum (the branch of Lviv Museum of the History of Religion). Palace is gradually being destroyed, by analogy to the buildings which were built after 1951 and exemplify the architecture of Soviet modernism.

Problem

Citizens of Chervonograd are alienated from their surroundings. This city which was adapted for coal mines workers at Soviet Union times is unattractive for tourists, the state is not interested in its development.

The project includes two stages and will last for 6-8 months in 2017:

1) Analysis and archive. Within the project “City traces” we will work with the museum’s archives, exposure, and to collect data by means of local historians and residents.

Actions: interview; archive; map; articles compilation; the collection of private artifacts; search for contacts.

2) Public Participatory Program: community art (art interventions in public space; map; workshops, exhibitions), educational program for groups (workshops; lectures; discussions), public program (workshops; lectures; movie (lectures, discussions)), guided tours, workshops, performances (documental theater), city navigation development.

The program of these thematic lines is focused on three key topics: Memory (Archive, history), Diversity (developing of multicultural practices), City narratives (contemporary stories and identity).

Living Monuments: Commemorative Spaces Between Removal and Re-invention

Photo – Rolando Me Dicen, Valerie Karpan

This an educational program that through artistic interaction with memorial landscapes of Germany and Ukraine seeks to enhance understanding of the politics of remembrances and promote active stance in the composition of public space and creation of more inclusive cities.

Particularly, the program focused on the phenomenon of monument that attracts the public attention in recent years worldwide and propose to examine it as a responsive to the environments, shifting under ideological pressures, and inviting to the participatory revision. It urged the participants to deconstruct memory spaces of German and Ukrainian cities through different lenses and historical narratives and interact with them in order to experience monuments as living and open to discussion and influence in democratic societies.

With the help of texts, discussions, meetings with experts, and artistic involvement, we invited participants to take advantage of current research on post-colonial city planning, gender theory, discrimination studies and enhance their interdisciplinary competencies and re-approach the planning of commemorative spaces. The results were presented during our official participation in the der “Tag des offenen Denkmals 2018” in the spaces of neurotitan /Haus Schwarzenberg, which is a monument itself. The project is implemented within “MEET UP! German-Ukrainian Youth Encounters” program with the support of the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ).