Trophy from the project "Hundred Years' War".
Hundred Year's War is a project initiated by Natalia Grezina (Crimea) and developed together with Chrysalid Gallery curator Marth von Loeben (Italy) which revolves around the traumatic legacy of war. War has always been narrated and taught in a detached manner: dates, numbers, nationalities and places have appeared on paper as cold, distant reports which never included the first-hand perspective of those who fought in the battles.
The historical narrative has chosen to distance itself from personal memory brandishing the excuse of accuracy: what individuals recall in their mind is obfuscated by pain and trauma, and therefore not unreliable and not useful. The two artists are countering this mainstream description of historical war facts with their project Hundred Year's War which revolves around and aims to tell the personal and traumatic events of those who fought and witnessed the horrors of war. This is done through the process of post-memory (the narrative practice of internalizing and retelling someone else’s stories) and the study of the influence that war legacy has had on individuals. Developing in chapters, the project started with the analysis of family history from Natalia’s side and how this has been handed down by her grandmother (who participated in the Second World War) and is now shifting to the study of geographical places of relevance around the city of Sevastopol.
The project merges the embroidery and drawing abilities of Natalia with the narrative skill of Marth, creating chapters that surround and call for the viewer’s attention under all forms: one has to experience the installations as small parallel realities where time, geography and the self do not respond to the laws of physics but to the laws of non-linear storytelling. Hundred Year's War is a long-term, ongoing project: Natalia and Marth are already working on the new ideas which will take shape in the next chapters, telling different stories and reshaping the manner in which war is narrated.