How We Are Together

How We Are Together is an art project aimed to create the space of trust, safety, and mutual support, where every person feels free and comfortable to express themselves.

11-30 October 2022
1 Event
Jam Factory Art Center Mekhanichna St./ 5, Lviv

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The war destroyed our normal life and ties, so every day we are trying to realize the new measures of (in)security, while meeting different environment. Positive environment reveals our bright sides giving the strength to move on. Even in the darkest times, we are able to build such environments in places we compelled to stay – under new conditions and at the novel places, among people and processes we don’t know. We also need support and mutual understanding from close people, especially relatives and especially during war. The accelerated global pace as it is has become even more rigorous over the past four months. The number of vital things we do now is both inspiring and incredibly exhausting. Due to constant fatigue, we communicate less with close people, who also go through the effort of resisting daily concerns, which communication becomes more formal with a feeling of increasing distance.

This art project allows recovering or improving warm mutual contact among family members experiencing communication crisis. The war deprived us of free time, filled in the space of thoughts and emotions, causes constant tension. In their struggle for life, volunteer work, relocations, search for work and resources, many families face a lack of communication between parents/guardians and children. Through theatre and visual art practices, art therapy, with the participation of a psychologist, the participants will have the opportunity to engage with their family, talk about their feelings and experiences, and support each other.

Project-driven changes

  • closing the gap in relations between family members, switch formal communication to meaningful and deep ones through joint practices during group meetings;
  • improving time shared together between close family members;
  • exchanging the feeling of resource loss with a feeling of fulfilment and recovery during communication;
  • lodging new pleasant experiences in the memory and body of each of the group members that they will recapture and apply in crisis situations;
  • methods to work with anxiety and stress using artistic practices (sculpting, painting, textiles, sculpture, etc.) and bodily practices.

Community we want to engage

  • people who live or moved to Lviv since the onset of the full-scale Russian invasion into Ukraine;
  • representatives from diverse regions, occupations, gender, age, mobility, etc.;
  • workshops are intended for parents/guardians and their children, families who see the need and value of establishing communication and consciously spending time together (including people with disabilities);
  •  age of participants – parents regardless of age and children aged 11-13 years.

Project-driven changes

  • closing the gap in relations between family members, switch formal communication to meaningful and deep ones through joint practices during group meetings;
  • improving time shared together between close family members;
  • exchanging the feeling of resource loss with a feeling of fulfilment and recovery during communication;
  • lodging new pleasant experiences in the memory and body of each of the group members that they will recapture and apply in crisis situations;
  • methods to work with anxiety and stress using artistic practices (sculpting, painting, textiles, sculpture, etc.) and bodily practices.

Purpose

  • to facilitate strengthening of the “home-like” feeling as a place where relatives are, a place of strength and recovery, which helps to endure in times of crisis;
  • to build an opportunity for family members for sharing quality and diverse time together, and applying these practices in the future;
  • to build a safe place and support network (positive environment) where community members can feel confidence, acceptance, show/live their own emotions.

Lifeform and lifestyle

  • art practices in combination with art therapy methods;
  • a series of regular meetings (common place + time) with community members to build a safe space and special relationships, sharing time and shared action/process/building (artists + community + experts + team);
  • applying the principle: each participant is a co-author of the idea, process and outcome, feels confident that his/her contribution is valuable;
  • alternating work in the general group, in smaller groups/families, and also independently;
  • cooperation with artists who have experience working directly with communities;
  • engaging psychotherapy, body, sound practices, art therapy experts;
  • applying the game principle.

ARTISTS

Yuriy Kruchak & Yulia Kostereva

Artists, in addition to artistic and curatorial practices, are the founders of the Open Place platform. The mission of this initiative is “to create connections between the artistic process and different layers of society.” Their work is based on interaction, co-creation and intersection of artistic, social and political processes.

In their many projects and workshops, artists often engage communities to explore their problems and find solutions.

 

Iryna Harets

Iryna Harets is a Ukrainian playwright, curator, author of educational and theatrical projects. In her work she is interested in social theater, psychology, contemporary drama and literature.

Iryna has experience in working with different groups of people to resolve conflicts and improve communication. Iryna’s latest project is the documentary theater “The Role of Women in War”, which became an emotional and psychological support for displaced women. By the means of art, Iryna works with real stories and facts to solve social problems.

 

Nina Khyzhna

Nina is a director, performer, teacher and choreographer. She worked in Ukrainian (Kyiv, Kharkiv) and European theaters (Poland, Slovakia, Austria). Today she collaborates with independent theaters “Theatre of Beautiful Flowers”, “Theatre Nafta”, “Varta”.

Nina works in the field of physical theater, performance and documentary. She is also leading a laboratory for performance, theater and body-oriented practices. In her work, Nina uses art to create a safe space for dialogue and explore the themes of equality, tolerance and safety.

MAGIC CARPETS

“MagiC Carpets” is an international art platform created in 2017 that gives evolving artists and curators an opportunity to start their own “magical trip” by collecting local stories all around Europe and telling them in other countries through their art.

Jam Factory Art Center became a member of “MagiC Carpets” in January 2020.

For further information, visit this page.

The project “MagiC Carpets” is co-financed by the EU Program “Creative Europe”.

Artists

Yuliia Kostereva
Yuliia Kostereva
Yurii Kruchak
Yurii Kruchak
Iryna Harets
Iryna Harets
Nina Khyzhna
Nina Khyzhna

Project curators

Bozhena Pelenska
Bozhena Pelenska
Anna Gaidai
Anna Gaidai
Liuba Ilnytska
Liuba Ilnytska

Project Manager

Sofiia Korotkevych
Sofiia Korotkevych

Supported by:

MagiC Carpets
MagiC Carpets
Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

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