Peace Mechanisms at Santorini Biennale 2014
an article by Kikos Papadopoulos
The Organizing Committee of the Santorini Biennale
is going to organize the 2nd Biennale, from July
05 2014 to October 05 2014, under the theme «Peace
Mechanisms» aiming to study the harmony between
people, the mutual understanding and the respect
of differences. Peace and War have been the
subject of debate for thousands of years in many
countries, cultures and philosophies and both of
them have led to serious moral questions.
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Political systems have always viewed Peace as a
state of balance and harmony between individuals
and populations in which respect means acceptance
of differences, in which conflicts are resolved
through dialogue, in which people’s rights are
respected and their voices are heard and everyone
is at their highest point of serenity, bearing
always in mind that systems usually consider
warfare as an inevitable and integral aspect for
the creation of human culture (which is also
inevitable under certain socio-cultural or
The Santorini Biennale, is calling artists to study
and explore causations and reasons countries are
guided very often to violent actions (crisis –
conflict – war development), and how the arts can
create “a mechanism” against them.
Artworks are being solicited in the following
- Architecture, Architectural Projects
- Industrial Design
- Drawing, Graphic, Illustration
- Installation Art
- Ceramic Art
- Paper Art
The registration deadline is 10 April 2014. See the
Biennale website for more information.
Question(s) related to this article:
Do the arts create a basis for a culture of peace?, What is, or should be, their role in our movement?
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Latest reader comment:
Yes, the arts do create a basis for a culture of peace.
The question I would raise is where are the visual artists who have produced a Guernica like painting of Felluja? Paintings last longer than photographs which are too often fleeting.
Do the poets against the war meet annually?
I caught a bit of an interesting tv show which featured world class artists such as Wole Soyinka speaking in Israel/Palestine about ways to further the peace movement there. Did anyone else see the entire show?
I hope a local Peace Day could emulate the UN opening ceremony .