WAR & PEACE 2008
I started the War & Peace project in 2004 in
response to the Iraq war.
How could war be offered as a solution, as a way of “bringing
democracy to Iraq”? But the madness happended … despite
the protest, despite millions marching all over the world.
Well, it’s been five years now. Life goes on. Are we just
numb to what continues to happen? Fed up of watching the news drip
out day after day, year after year, with no resolution in sight?
Moved onto other concerns: the planet is flooding/drying up; rising
food prices are causing riots; the credit squeeze is hurting?
Albert Camus wrote in Neither Victims nor Executioners in 1946,
“…it is fear and silence and the spiritual isolation
they cause that must be fought… and it is the universal dialogue
that must be defended.”
The universal dialogue … That is what this project is about.
Artist, film maker, activist, peace builder, peace keeper, citizen:
all have different experiences to share. If we just retreat into
our safe like-minded groups, there would be no dialogue.
War & Peace is about challenging perceptions. Last year we asked
whether Art could make a difference. This year, let’s ask
an even bigger question: What does it take to build peace?
Are you up to the challenge? Send us your moving image work. This
is an open call.
Our selection panel comprises: Zoë Shearman (independent curator);
Dominic Thomas (Stroud Valleys Artspace), Elena Hill (Contemporary
Art Programming) and myself.
We are looking to put together a one hour long showreel
of different work that will be screened at three venues on World
Peace Day (Sunday 21 September 2008). The screenings will be part
of an event to include speakers and audience discussion.
World Peace Day was established by UN resolution in 2001 after a
campaign by film maker Jeremy Gilley. All over the world the day
is marked with a mixture of celebration (marches and concerts) and
action. In 2007 the Taliban observed a ceasefire on the day allowing
the immunisation of thousands of children in Afghanistan.
The participating venues for War & Peace are:
• The Arnolfini, Bristol www.arnolfini.org.uk
• Stroud Valleys Artspace
• The Museum of Bath at Work (as part of the Bath Film Festival)
A screening fee will be paid of £100 per selected artist,
plus a contribution towards travel costs to attend a screening,
and a copy of the compilation DVD of the selected work. Details
of work shown at War & Peace 07 and War & Peace 06 can be
Fiona Kam Meadley, War&Peace Coordinator c/o Stroud
War & Peace web site for more detail