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:
Alicja Buławka Fankidejska
Dmitrij Buławka Fankidejski
Magdalena Czajka Cardoso
PANORAMA KULTURA about exhibition