The Bridging Generations project involves school pupils and students in the meetings, study visits and conferences. Furthermore, young people of up to 30 years of age helped with the Biographical Narrative interviews, with the research and even conducting the video recordings.
Lewis John Brooks
A London based English artist with a passion for the English language and a graduate of the University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury. He agreed in participating in this venture as a proof-reader due to his interest in the human psyche and how similar experiences shape people differently.
The films contained within this project were significant to Lewis as they contained an alternative view of World War II, told from different factions. This showed interesting contrasts and similarities with the English accounts he was more accustomed to, affecting his perspective of The War.
Gaëlle Fillesoye has a Master’s degree in History and Political Science and she spent one year in Germany as an Erasmus student. She was a European Voluntary Service volunteer in YouNet since October 2014.
Gaëlle was also a member of the film making team for the recording of the narrations of seniors living in Bologna on behalf of the YouNet organization. She worked closely with Martina Manfreda and Teodora Gârbovan for the production of these films.
Piera Gemelli is an Italian visual artist based in Germany. She studied Multimedia Arts in Palermo with a thesis on projection mapping. Her main topics are the metamorphosis and mixed-media; in her works she pursues the combination between ancestral and anthropological issues and technology. After a period spent in the Great Britain where she moved to discover the contemporary art scene, Piera moved to Dresden to do an European Voluntary Service as a Graphic Designer for Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. As a Graphic Designer for the organisation she contributed by designing and developing with the other members of the media team the visual concept behind Bridging Generations.
Katerina Haralampidou is an undergraduate in the Film Department of the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University, Thessaloniki. She specialises in direction and camera.
Katerina had a social relationship with Mr Giannakitsas and a personal interest in the era. During the Bridging Generations project she carried out the interviews with the Greek eye-witnesses of World War II.
Katerina Maria Konstantinidou
Katerina Maria Konstantinidou was born in 1990 in Thessaloniki, Greece. She studied Fine Arts and Art Sciences at the University of Ioannina and graduated as Painter and Photographer. During her studies, as well as afterwards, she participated in many volunteer projects as a Photographer and Assistant Curator and was also employed by companies as a Graphic Designer.
Currently she does her European Voluntary Service at Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. working as a Graphic Designer and Photographer. Her contribution to the Bridging Generations project has been designing graphic material for the promotion of the project as well photo shooting at events and meetings.
Martina Manfreda is currently a MA student of Semiotics at Bologna University. An intern at YouNet, she spent a year and a half in Freiburg im Breisgau, in Germany.
She was a member of the film making team for the recording of the narrations of seniors living in Bologna on behalf of the YouNet organisation. She worked closely with Gaëlle Fillesoye and Teodora Gârbovan for the production of these films.
Artemis Nikolaidou-Vichou is a Greek artist, art historian and curator with diplomas from the University for the Creative Arts and the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. She has worked before in various art institutions in Greece, Germany and the UK.
Being in her European Voluntary Service year she started working as a subtitlist and translator for the films that were produced throughout the project, granted through her knowledge of the English language and previous experience as a translator in her previous working spaces. She has further worked as a photographer and camera-woman during the events as well as a general organiser of the team.
Lucie Poláčková comes from Liberec, Czech Republic, situated within the former Sudetenland which was inhabited primarily by a German speaking population. With a personal interest in the topic, she started as an Intern and continued as a European Voluntary Service volunteer in Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. She holds a Master’s degree in Project Management from the Technical University in Dresden, Germany which gave her the opportunity to contribute to the project as a project assistant. Additionally, she coordinated the process of video-making by finding the concerned eye-witnesses of WWII and bringing them together with young researchers.
Claudia Serra is a student of Communication Sciences at the University of Bologna. Additionally, she is currently practicing an apprenticeship as a journalist at a local radio station in Bologna. Her interest on the topic of World War II grew in the last years by attending several study visits in Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau. Claudia also attended the ‘Europe for Citizens - Human Library’ project organised in 2014 by YouNet NGO, during which she had the chance to hear for the first time the testimony of Adelmo Franceschini, a dissident soldier deported to a concentration camp during WWII. Thanks to the Bringing Generations project she had the opportunity a year later to interview him. Additionally, she contributed as a researcher to the project.
Nikolaos Tromaras graduated from the International and European Studies Department at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece in 2015. He lived in Riga, Latvia for 6 months as part of his Erasmus Student Exchange Programme and has participated in two week long Erasmus+ seminars that took place in Dresden and Ireland.
He has a keen interest in Political Science, World History and International Relations Theories together with negating racism through actions that matter. He has been involved in the Bridging Generations project by assisting the film makers and the researchers in producing the audio-visually recorded narratives of seniors that live in Thessaloniki.
Harris Tsampas (MFilm Arts) is a graduate of the Film Department of the School of Fine Arts of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He works as a cinematographer and specialises in direction and editing. He has been part of a good number of short films already and occasionally works for Greek and foreign TV. He plays the sax and engages in as much travelling as he can.
His responsibilities during the Bridging Generations project were video and photo documentation.