Letta Shtohryn, Malta, 2018

In an exchange between Blitz, Valletta and Culture Zone Wrocław, in April 2018 Malta-based artist Letta Shtohryn took up residence at the AIR Wro residency in Wrocław, while Blitz welcomed Natalia Pośnik to the Blitz Residency Programme. The Artist In Residence Programme AIR Wro is a legacy programme of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016, and is supported by Culture Zone Wrocław. The Blitz Residency Programme, which is supported by the Valletta 2018 Foundation and is part of the Valletta 2018 – European Capital of Culture programme.

Ukranian born, Letta Shtohryn is a visual artist based in Malta. She holds masters degrees in sociology and fine arts (digital arts) from the University of Malta. Her intention for the residency was to expand on her fascination with the border between states – between entities, between concepts, between times. In particular, the exact point of change from one state to another; from stillness to chaos or where one entity becomes another. Letta’s work often refers to her own experiences in both the process and wake of leaving the Ukraine to settle in another European city.

About the Wroclaw project
The project explores garments as vessels that simultaneously conceal and reveal the bodies which pass through them; framing and presenting the body at times of prosperity or poverty, sheltering the body during times of change. Fabric, its origins and social context, can reveal personal stories at moments in time. The project explores garments as a weave of personal and collective memory, following diachronic threads of displacement, instability, political oppression; of searching for a new home, through to times of recovery.
The aim is to build a psycho-sociological map of Wroclaw society from the 1940s till current times to manifest into a large-scale installation using donated garments, audio recordings of stories and visual material. In her search for details on the history of textiles and everyday garments, Letta landed in 1940s Wroclaw following the trace of cotton, linen and wood, trauma, poverty and resourcefulness. Letta will return to Wroclaw later in 2018 to present an exhibition as the culmination of this research project.