ANTI WAR COALITION.ART OPEN CALL FOR ANTI-MILITARIST, ANTI-DICTATORIAL, ANTI-COLONIAL ARTWORKS FROM EASTERN EUROPE AND BEYOND
Join the Antiwarcoalition, a new platform initiated by a group of Belarusian artists and cultural workers.
Antiwarcoalition.art is an open online platform that collects statements against war and dehumanization created by artists from around the world. Driven by the Russian aggression and war against Ukraine, this platform offers an opportunity to protest against war, massacres, and inhuman punishment of civilians, dictatorship, and patriarchal power structures. Carefully programmed, it allows artistic statements to be viewed and shared online and is an opportunity to express solidarity with those in Ukraine who are affected by military aggression, colonial, patriarchal, imperialistic, and political repression, and those resisting terror.
The aim of antiwarcoalition.art is not only to present the artworks online but also to distribute them offline, through different events and presentations, and thus to bring the voices of artists to public spaces and art institutions from around the world.
We stand for a global, open, and engaged network of solidarity that is not subject to territorial, national, and any other borders. We call on cultural workers worldwide to publish their anti-war, anti-dictatorial statements and artworks such as posters, videos, audio etc. on our platform.
What are we looking for?
Antiwarcoalition.art mission is to organize solidarity networks in the fight against Russian aggression, to support Ukrainians, and also to show that the war in Ukraine today is part of the global colonial and imperialist processes taking place politically, economically, culturally. We are looking for artists from all around the world who are willing to join the International Coalition of Cultural Workers Against the War in Ukraine, to show support for Ukraine, and, most importantly, connect their anti-colonial actions and experiences with the war being waged in Russia.
How does the platform work?
We call on art institutions, curators, cultural workers, and any democratic institutions around the world to use the contents of the platform for practices of resilience. We know that many institutions would like to join or are already actively joining in supporting Ukraine and condemning the war. Institutions are always looking for new ways to participate and new content to draw attention to the issue. Antiwarcoalition.art platform invites the art institutions to connect to the platform and host quality, moderated content representing the reaction of artists from around the world.
How can I join?
You can upload your artwork (it can be audio, video or images) directly on antiwarcoalition.art platform and give your permission to broadcast and show your works online as well as in cultural institutions and other possible distribution channels. We want our voices to be united and to resonate loud and clear!
This platform was initiated by Ambasada Kultury and a group of Belarusian artists and cultural workers: Anna Chistoserdova, Oxana Gourinovitch, Valentina Kiselyova, Aleksander Komarov, Elena Prents, Antonina Stebur, Maxim Tyminko, who left the country between 1994 and 2021 due to dissent with the political regime. Later two Ukrainian curators Natasha Chychasova and Tatiana Kochubinska joined the team.
Ambasada Kultury: the initiative of Belarusian culture workers and activists with the goal of supporting and developing connections within and outside Belarusian cultural community, promoting cooperation and collaboration of artists and activists from different fields of culture. Based in Vilnius (LT), Berlin (DE)
The European Pavilion is developed in collaboration with, and with the support of, Camargo Foundation, Kultura Nova Foundation, and Fondazione CRT. The participating organizations include: Ambasada Kultury (Lithuania/Belarus), ARNA (Sweden), Brunnenpassage (Austria), EUPavilion (Rome, Zürich), INIVA (London), OGR Torino (Italy), State of Concept (Greece), Studio Rizoma (Italy), and L’Internationale (Ljubljana, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, and Poland).
Credit for cover image: Bouillon group, Georgia Porridge from Kakashnikov, 2015 video documentation of performance in frames of Art Prospect Festival, St. Petersburg.