Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 19:00
RichMix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road,, E1 6LA London, United Kingdom
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Our April Dash Café takes place within Food of War’s Clouded Lands exhibition at Rich Mix, a show of photography, installation, painting, gastro-performance, sculpture and filming that explores the impact of the Chornobyl nuclear catastrophe, precisely 31 years on.
As part of our Clouded Lands Cafe, we’ll launch Sunday Times Foreign Editor Peter Conradi new book Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War, sample gastro-performance from Clouded Lands and immerse ourselves in conversation with Peter, BBC journalist Lucy Ash and several of the artists from Clouded Lands. Additionally there’ll be hauntingly beautiful live music from Ukrainian songstress Iryna Muha and TenereArte actors reading abstracts of the Voices from Chernobyl by the Nobel Prize Winner Svetlana Alexievich..
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Iryna Muha is a singer /songwriter; multi-instrumentalist and a founder of Muha band. Iryna grew up in Vinnitsa, Ukraine; she picked up guitar at 15 whilst living in Darkhan, Mongolia. Iryna’s early music influences were her father’s accordion playing and her mother’s singing at home. The traditional ‘table songs’ that are sang around the table at social gatherings have given the roots to Iryna’s current work.
With the interest in Eastern European folklore, as well as wider world music traditions Iryna explores instruments from hurdy-gurdy to berimbau, from jew’s harp to harmonica. Iryna is a keen collaborator and believes that music is our common language across the nations and borders. With her band Iryna worked with such artists as Mayur Narvekar (India), Aref Durvesh (India), Keith Waithe ( Guyana), Constant Bushinsky ( Ukraine) and others.
Peter Conradi is the foreign editor of The Sunday Times. During his six years as foreign correspondent in Moscow, he witnessed the USSR’s collapse first-hand. His previous books include Hitler’s Piano Player and The King’s Speech, co-authored with Mark Logue, which inspired the Oscar-winning film. He lives in Lambeth, South London. Read more about his most recent book ‘Who Lost Russia’ here. The book will be available for purchase at this event at a special discounted rate.
Lucy Ash began her radio career as a producer in the BBC Moscow bureau in 1990. In 1994 she returned to London to join BBC Radio 4’s Eurofile, reporting mainly from Russia and Eastern Europe. In 2002, Lucy won an Amnesty International award. In the 90s she traveled to Ukraine to see the results of Chernobyl disaster with her own eyes.
Read more about Lucy here
Ténéré Arte produces art projects to give voice to writers and people from around the world, transcending a specific language, culture or society. This spring they are bringing a production on the Chernobyl accident, based on interviews with the victims by S. Alexievich. Short abstracts from this production will be presented at this event. Full show you can see in May in London. Read more here