Get ready for the war!

Si vis pacem, para bellum (literally “If you want peace, prepare for war”) is a Latin proverb  paraphrased  from the prologue of  the „Art of War” written by Venetius – Roman historian from the 4th century AD.

Because of art, it is harder for us to look away and retreat to the safe everyday life.

In the midst of the 20th century, in the middle of Europe, the Nazi and Soviet regimes murdered approximately fifty million people. We naively believed in the victory of democracy and freedom after the end of the Cold War, but authoritarianism has returned to Russia through Putin’s oligarchs, nationalists, separatists and radicals.

Cruelty, fear, hatred, genocide, violence, rape, tragedy, destruction, death – these are a few words to describe the war. This time it is ”our” war, which is so close, not only because of the proximity of Ukraine, or because of that the Russian orcs might come after us, but also because we are deeply involved in it.

In this war, which began exactly one year ago (February 24), Russia attacked Ukraine, in a war in which the whole world is now involved and which is still going on.  Voice of artists in the fight for freedom and truth is very important. Artists have not stopped creating.  They comment on the suffering that surrounds them, trying to draw attention to the injustice affecting them and trying to appeal to the conscience of the world.

Through art we express our opposition to war. According to Tymothy Snyder’s book „On Tyranny. Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” twentieth principle a double decalogue rooted in the lessons from the past, we can read:

  “Be as brave as you can. If none of us is willing to die for freedom, we will all die in tyranny.

List of Artists:
Agnieszka Babińska
Paweł Baranowski
Izabela Borkowska
Rafał Borkowski
Alicja Buławka Fankidejska
Dmitrij Buławka Fankidejski
Magdalena Czajka Cardoso
Beata Cedrzyńska
Ludmyla Davydenko
Joachim Dąbrowski
Olena Dodatko
Iryna Dzyndra
Taras Dzyndra
Marek Elsner
Tomasz Gos
Sylwia Jakubowska
Filip Kalkowski
Lucyna Kolendo
Oleg Liadyk
Adriana Majdzińska
Edyta Majewska
Vahram Mkhitaryan
Anna Młotowska
Janusz Musiał
Magdalena Nowak
Nataliia Pavliuk
Yustyna Pavliuk
Alex Perzyńska
Agnieszka Piasecka
Czesław Podleśny
Paweł Ponomarenko
Anastasia Radchenko
Joanna Rusinek
Jerzy Rymar
Serhiy Savchenko
Vasyl Savchenko
Hanna Shumska
Jacek Staniszewski
Agata Szuba
Eugenia Tynna
Dorota Walentynowicz
Sławomir Witkowski
Katarzyna Wolska


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