Seminar about scenography, memory and trauma 24 May


Welcome to the Visual Culture Seminar where Dr Olga Nikolaeva presents her postdoc project. The project aims to attract attention to women practitioners in contemporary Russian theatre and thus, to challenge hidden discrimination of their creative practices. The project focuses on the analysis of works created in collaboration between women theatre directors and women stage artists and explores how they engage with the representation of trauma. To analyze the representation of trauma, the study relies on a recent theoretical development in the field of scenography and combines first-hand observation of performances with interviews with women practitioners. The project will fill a gap in the existing international scholarship on women practitioners in the context of Russian theatre and will significantly contribute to the understanding of the representation of trauma in creative practices. The 3-year project is based at the Department for Music and Art, Linnaeus University and at the Aleksanteri Institute, the University of Helsinki.

Olga Nikolaeva is a PhD in Art History and Visual Studies, graduated from the Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg. She holds a MA in Visual Culture from Lund University and a Specialist Degree in Art History from Russian State University for the Humanities. Her main interests are audiovisual presentation and scenography of live music performances.

Time: 24 May, 1-3 PM in room J440 at Humanisten.