BABE-45 Interview with Kawwiya (pseudonym choosen by the interviewee)

Document date: 28 October 2016

Identity Statement

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Extent and Medium

8 photographs, 4 drawings.

Reference Archivists

Hernández Nova, Leslie Nancy; Musa, Samir

Content and Structure


Location of the interview: Italy - Florence - Casttle of Villa Salviati, Fiesole
Provenance of the intervieew: Sri-Lanka and Peru - Colombo
Name of the interviewer: Hernández Nova, Leslie Nancy

Kawwiya is a Sri Lankan-Peruvian student taking a audiovisual studies course at the NYU satelite school in Florence. Her mother is Peruvian and her father is from Sri-Lanka; the entirety of her mother's family lives in Peru. During the violent events in Colombo in April 2019 the researcher contacted Kawwiya. She responded saying that she was in Abu Dhabi for her studies and that her family was safe. The production of the witness correspondes as following: 8 photos; 4 pencil drawings in black and white on an A3 sheet.

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Allied Materials


Archivist Notes

1 drawing depicting the touristic narrative of Peru and personal narrative of Sri-Lanka; 1 hand drawn map of Peru including a family genealogy; 1 visual representation of cultural memory and multi cultural belonging; 1 timeline of Peru and Sri-Lanka. See the text entitled "Contextualization for the merging of the Dutch-Peruvian visual materials" by Milica Trakilović and Leslie Nancy Hernández Nova, the result of a discussion between the two researchers regarding the visual ties between materials collected during the BABE field work. See the drawing by Housseynatou (MT-009), a representation of her place of origin's landscape. Photos of these visual similiarities were taken as part of the exhibition at the Fondazione Merz in Turin.

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