“The last week has changed the global understanding of where we are as a civilization. If sovereign, independent countries can be wiped off the map while the whole world watches stunned in horror, what then becomes of our humanistic future? This question is as complex as are responses from seven Ukrainian cultural workers interviewed one week into the invasion as Ukrainian refugees hit one million and Russian tanks advance on major cities. Yet Ukraine stands united through its charismatic president and its resourceful, brave, and victorious people. Analysis, historical parallels and art historical contexts could be useful, but provide distance. These artists and writers do not need distance; they need support.” Read full story here.
A collection of oral history interviews on the subject of an artist’s life increases the resources available to interpret her or his work. As an oral historian, Sarah Dziedzic always see this as a positive outcome. Hearing firsthand from a curator who spoke to the artist about the work, or a fabricator who lent material expertise, or from a fellow artist whose work comes out of a similar historical context, can generate volumes of new information with which to consider and understand an individual or collected body of work. For full story click here.
Actor Heath Ledger's memory will be honoured with an oral history project at the National Film and Sound Archive which will record the experiences of young Australian artists and actors. Click here for video news story.