WORKING WITH MEMORY : GEORGIA AND ARMENIA
Does sound play an important role in collective memory? In January and February 2016 we wanted to look at some of the underlying socio/political and historical themes in Georgia and Armenia, developing a method of journalism that uses aural history and folk songs to understand the individual and contrasting narratives that form historical threads. In particular we wanted to record folk songs that had been passed down through generations in order to remember the Armenian genocide, and thereby look at the way sound and stories are often used to maintain identity in the aftermath of displacement. Likewise we wanted to listen to the stories of the Yazidi community, one of Georgia’s long established ethnic minorities, and understand both the conditions for minorities in Georgia, and also their views on the persecution of Yazidis under ISIS, and its impact on the wider community.
However as we were relatively new to the context of both Georgia and Armenia, much of our focus fell on gathering impressions through fieldwork in markets, rural towns, choirs, and talking to people in cafes and bars. We wanted to give space for unexpected stories to emerge, to follow leads and open spaces for collaboration. This ultimately led us to interview a polyphonic choir of coal minors, learn about the Bengalis diaspora in Georgia and listen to conflicting stories of memories under the soviet era.
Throughout Yazidi history we have always suffered religious discrimination. Arabs and Turks call us Kafirs (unbelievers)
–-> un nouveau #mot pour la longue liste sur les mots utilisés pour désigner les personnes étrangères (ajouté à la métaliste) :
#terminologie #vocabulaires #migrations #étrangers