And the wind is quiet, the straw is light


А вітер тихенький, солома легенька



Social scientist and mezzosoprano Alice Lackner and photographic artist Mark Neville are collaborating on a new project which interweaves social research into war and displacement, documentary

photography, and a contemporary re-interpretation of traditional East Ukrainian folk songs.


The collaboration resulted in an audio-visual installation event, in which Alice Lackner

performed her own arrangements of traditional folk songs recorded by Mark Neville on

Ukraine’s frontline and elsewhere. Simultaneously, Neville’s images of Ukrainians affected

by the war in different contexts were projected and explained by the artist.


With this installation, the artists shed light on (so far unheard) tales told by the people

affected by the war. The goal was to broaden and deepen our understanding of the way a

conflict influences and alternates the narratives of a nation.

Commissioned by the Centre for

Eastern European and International Studies (ZOiS) Berlin, this collaboration is

complementary to ongoing scientific work on the war in Ukraine.


Photography: Mark Neville (

Powered by: ZOiS Berlin


June 18, 2019. 8 p.m.

KYIV, Mystetskyi Arsenal Summer Stage.

Alice Lackner (songs), Mark Neville (photography), Imke Lichtwark (piano)


October 25, 2019. 7.30 p.m.

BERLIN, Musikbrauerei. Imke Lichtwark, piano

Alice Lackner (songs), Mark Neville (photography), Imke Lichtwark (piano)