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Sudbury Skyline, circa 1962

Moving out of her living room and into the neighbourhood in which she grew up, the Donovan, Baba and I take visitors on an intimate virtual tour of the places and spaces that she frequented as a child; the interview, from which these clips are taken, occurred in November 2008. Inspired by the work done by British geographer Toby Butler |web link|, Canadian historians Joy Parr |web link| and Steven High |web link|, installation artist Graeme Miller |web link|, and Toronto’s [murmur] project |web link|, this memoryscape spatializes Baba’s memories of home, family, and community. It is a personal archive of her Donovan and, according to Butler, it provides a “‘live’ embodied, active, multi-sensory way of understanding geographies in both time and space.”

In addition to evoking new memories, which were not a part of Baba’s rehearsed script, these stories bring together the past and the present, creating a new awareness of this urban space. While listening to Baba’s stories about the Donovan – its history, its inhabitants, and the role it has played in Baba’s life – visitors may use the maps to situate themselves within the neighbourhood and the Ukrainian community and its main communal spaces, and the photographs to interact with the places about which Baba speaks.

To take a historical walking tour of the Donovan, you can download this package, which includes the associated audio files and guide. | Download |