KHRONIKY: the alternative folklore of the region - hard mountain rap, vintage feminism and filthy Karpaty hip hop

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)
Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University for a talk with artist Lucia Nimcova about her project KHRONIKY, an archive of photography, video and sound recordings from western Ukraine.
From Lucia Nimcova:
"Throughout history, traditional music and culture has been appropriated and misrepresented; presently in Ukraine, patriotic songs play an important role in fueling a populist romantic nationalism. In contrast, I seek to capture official, private and hidden realities within communities that are excluded from the main historical narrative of the region. My main interest are those songs which describe ­in tragic, brutal and comic ways domestic abuse, murder, conflict, sex, love and hate. I want to show that the alternative folklore of the region: hard mountain rap, vintage feminism and filthy karpaty hip hop, is still alive and relevant, before it’s last inheritors disappear.
Since 2014, I have gathered an archive of photography, video and sound recordings, throughout western Ukraine. As opposed to traditional documentary practices, I prefer to describe my work as a folk opera; a collection of songs, stories, music, performance and field recordings, existing somewhere between an ethnographic document and musical theater."