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Ephemeral Lines
Zadissa sisters

Evening viewing

We invite you to visit the final installation of Ephemeral Lines by Elmira and Ramona Zadissa.

Tuesday evenings
3, 10, 17 and 24 November 2020
Free, everyone welcome

Numbers are restricted. To ensure you don’t have to wait, we advise booking below. Booking is per person.

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Photograph by Cat Lane

For Ephemeral Lines, the Zadissa sisters asked people if the architecture, cultural provision and infrastructure of where they live reflect who they are and who they feel connected to. At a time of lock-down, the project examined the importance of human connections, and sharing experiences.

Through a digital platform ( the artists were able to gather stories and through shared key-words, stories were connected – and the people behind them – from across Milton Keynes and beyond.

The Ephemeral Lines installation on display at Milton Keynes Arts Centre for the month of November, tells the story of experiences from social distancing and self-isolation. Alongside the installation is an audio piece with voices from local Milton Keynes people telling their lockdown stories, captured by Living Archive MK as a part of their Lockdown Lives MK project which has been supported by funding from MK Community Foundation.

These stories provide an insight into both the positive and negative impact of lockdown on people’s lives, and examines what being housebound has revealed about the communities and the physical neighbourhoods surrounding each of us. The project also included a programme of online workshops, offering people the opportunity to create artworks from materials in their homes.

These workshop guides are available for free download here.

In partnership with:

African Diaspora Foundation
Living Archive MK
Heritage Open Days MK

Elmira and Ramona are sisters and collaborators who were born in Iran, grew up in Sweden and now live in the UK. They work as a team in an interdisciplinary manner and call themselves ‘Artivists’, a term that defines their practice at the intersection of arts and politics.

The spectrum of their work covers illustration, participatory art events and storytelling as a means for social change. They have co-founded a number of cultural organisations with the aim of questioning norms and structures in the established arts and cultural spheres. They have published a children's storybook and have been granted several arts and cultural scholarships in Sweden where they resided for over twenty years, prior to coming to the UK.

Their experience of being refugees and migrants as well as identifying themselves as queers, has left an imprint on their body of work, which addresses different aspects of these identities.
Supported with funding from Arts Council England

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