March 2, 2023

Hannah Reyes Morales

Living Lullabies
Reid Hall | 4, rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris
Free and open to the public
Photographer Hannah Reyes Morales will present ‘Living Lullabies,’ a multidisciplinary project that looks at critical issues from the lens of women and children, through the storytelling of families’ night time rituals across the world. It explores how caregivers prepare children for sleep in environments fraught with risk, and the unique role of the lullaby as a vector for sense- and place- making. The talk will feature a guest performance by Pauchi Sasaki.

The song comes alive as night draws in. Hear it curl beneath the blanket, slip between the fold of cradling arms, in rooms across the world. To an audience of children, a hidden chorus of caregivers fills the night with song. They’re singing lullabies.

We’ve been singing them for millennia. Etched with reed on a clay tablet is a Babylonian lullaby that’s more than 5000 years old. By the glow of a phone, or to the thrum of the city, lullabies still charm babies to sleep today. We inherit them, and we pass them on. We carry them across borders and we make new ones along the way. They contain the traces of those who came before us, and they will carry traces of us long after we’re gone.

Within lullabies we’ve inscribed our greatest fears, and in the same breath, our prayers, our hopes, and our reassurances.


This lecture series is generously supported by:


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