A significant part of our time here at Viadrinicum's PeaceLab was spent working on individual or group projects. Our lab leaders gave us various tools to help us shape the stories we wanted to tell. Film editing, storymapping, documentary theatre, through these mediums we were challenged both to reflect on our experience as as well as on how we can start bridging the gap between media, the arts, academia and civil society.

What follows is a number of our projects.
Be kind: we only had two weeks to work on them.

But also be generous: every single piece here is a window into the mind of a person who may be deeply affected by conflict. These are people who travelled halfway across the continent (or the world) to be here, to listen to everything our lecturers had to say, to create. Some of these are quite personal. All of of them happen somewhere on a crossroads.

Enjoy responsibly.
Sevil Suleymanova, Iryna Tkachivska and Aren Melikyan explore the notion of borders, passage and bridges.
How can we use art to speak about war? Oksana Semenik journeys through four towns in East Ukraine in search of an answer. (Russian)
Vsevolod Gerasimov explores the ways life in Donbas is expressed in the novels of Sergey Zhadan. (Russian)
Marichka Varenikova reveals how the Ukranian conflict impacts the lives of those closest to her: her son Nazar.
Bernardo Panchetti and Martin Harutyunyan explore the refugee crisis and ask hard questions.
Anastasiia Tokunova examines the alarming rate of brain drain in contemporary Ukraine, and wonders what it means for a country in crisis. (English)
Olga Kotiuk tracks the different stories we tell about about the conflict in Donbas. (English)
Oleksandr Rezenchuk explores Frankurt Oder as a space of empty streets and an absent populace.
It was mentioned on the home page that a lot of us have been talking about taking information out of the ivory tower and puting it into a form that's accessible - this was something that resonated quite a bit with me. We were almost forty people from a range of countries across the former Soviet Union (and beyond), but the things discussed during these two weeks are bigger than a few dozen folks and a country that doesn't exist anymore.

And so, for me, this website is my project. It was made with the hope that, if one of these topics turned out to be interesting to someone, we could just send a link and share what we heard. That someone might come to check out what one of these workshops was about. Or, if you really have too much free time, to stay for the entire thing. Our part here's done - feel free to take what you like.

All that to say: thanks for stopping by. It's one hell of a summer so far.

I'd be glad to hear from you sometime.
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