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Tale of Three Bikes

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This content was developed during the Online History Camp 2020 “Don’t Look Back in Anger! Coping with Painful Pasts”. This youth encounter brought together 18 participants from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The event was an integral part of the project “History Competitions in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine 2”

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To dream about a bike, to lose a bike and to keep a bike. Three interviewees from the same Ukrainian family narrate different stories in center of which there is a bike. By doing so, these stories also provide a glimpse on life in the first few years after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Project Description

When Olga, a participant from Ukraine, was interviewing her family members about their life in the beginning of the 1990s, all three interviewees shared different stories related to a bike. One of them was dreaming about a bike, another one lost it, and the third one managed to keep it up to now.
This was how Olga came up with the idea of taking a bike as an object triggering memories. She took a picture of her grandmother’s bike, as she was the only person out of three respondents who had a bike at her disposal. According to Olga’s idea, the photo should capture the bike casting a shadow which alluded to unrealized dreams that the two other interviewees speak about.
This interactive photo contains all three stories which you can read by clicking on the green circles.