A History of Childhood Senses: War, Occupation, and the City as Playground

A History of Childhood Senses: War, Occupation, and the City as Playground

  • By: Eva Stefani, Zafos Xagoraris, Katerina Oikonomakou

How did children experience the traumas of the 1940s and what sensorial memories have they carried with them into their old age? In this project, a documentary filmmaker, an artist whose practice combines archival research and sound technologies, and an investigative journalist recover memories on the verge of disappearance from the years of the Second World War and the Civil War. With a focus on memories of the touch, sight, smell, and taste of growing up in Athens in wartime, A History of Childhood Senses reveals how the youngest members of society experience acute crisis–shedding light on both the distinctiveness of childhood in 1940s Athens and the universality of certain childhood experiences. The project will ultimately consist of an art installation and a digital archive that invite the public to experience another era through the eyes, ears, nose, and hands of a child.


Teaser Video
Smells Like Butter
Portrait: Eleni (Lela) Farmaki-Patakia
Portrait: Yiannis Vogiatzis
Portrait: Thanasis Leventis
Portrait: Athina Sfiri
Portrait: Alexandros Papageorgiou-Venetas
Portrait: Adela Koukoubani-Stefani
Portrait: Vasiliki Metzou
Portrait: Lele Viogiatzi
Portrait: Tzeni Roussea
Portrait: Dimitris Kontargyris
Portrait: Manio Sofouli

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