ABOUT THE PROJECT
Internal displacement in Ukraine is now the most severe crisis of such kind in Europe since the Balkan Wars.
On one side, IDPs are not legal subjects according to the international framework for the protection of IDPs, whereas on the other side, comparative migration and security studies have rarely questioned to what extent the securitization of citizenship has an impact on IDPs.
Because of these very two reasons, our project looks at what it is like to be labelled as IDP in Ukraine and how this categorization affects their identity and the provision of social guarantees. Building on a recent policy report on the IDP-citizenship nexus and the consequential renegotiation of identity, this project wants to draw attention to such a topical and large-scale phenomenon by interacting with individuals who went/are going through it.
We expect that the creation of a “virtual field ground” displaying an initial collection of works will increase awareness about the power of artistic means to communicate about the persistent effects of internal displacement in Ukraine.
Our project is committed to synergistic progress and, most importantly, it is conceived to function as a laboratory; therefore, it is not afraid of creative chaos. By means of a virtual map representing the journeys of many IDPs, we are going to collect important stories of migration just focusing on broad questions, like “what did I lose and what did I find? Who am I today?”
Project author and manager- junior researcher, currently Italy-based
Project curator - 127 garage – Artist-run Space, Kharkiv
Project coordinator, data manager in the Charitable Fund “Right to Protection”, Kyiv/Sloviansk