C1 Mironova: RETURN Aug 1st 10.30 CET

Žanna Mironova

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The city and its inhabitants are the best carriers of
information, traditions and history. Only through the relationship
between man and the city, the interweaving of their personal
stories, does the narrative of the city arise. So far I have studied
many urban litterary texts of different whriters, but this time I
created my own Riga text.

Through my Trace I propose to go through the streets of
Riga on a journey of memory. With the help of a first-person
literary text and photo/video materials, I will tell the story of my
family. Through family history, I will introduce some of Riga’s
neighborhoods, streets and homes and try to show how they
have changed over the past seventy years. Together with
personal story I will tell some episodes of our common history –
the city and the country, its brightest and key moments, which
today seem distant and almost unreal.

It is also my personal story of returning home, looking
for a home and myself. Here, better than anywhere else, we look
at it through a new prism, ourselves and those others who were
here before you. It is also a journey through time and space that
needs to be made to better understand today.

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