We’re excited to announce that Build Peace 2015 will inaugurate its first art program, entitled Together Separate: Contesting Space.
Together Separate is an artistic showcase of individual and collective work that engages with the global issue of contested boundaries, borders, and spaces — a theme directly reflected in the host city of Nicosia. We ask, “What does it mean to create, claim, hold, and/or use a space?” To answer this question, we seek works that address human experiences of shared and contested space, including but not limited to public and private spaces, digital space, permanent and temporary spaces, natural and artificial spaces, political and economic spaces, secure space, unsecured space, crossing through space, transcending space, occupying space, and lack of space.
Together Separate is built on three main ideas.
1) There is a distinct energy in art and cultural works as they are used in conflict mediation, reconciliation, rebuilding, storytelling and cultural heritage. As an active community, can Build Peace effectively understand, communicate, and utilize this potential? Furthermore, from a peacebuilding perspective, what is the impact of increasing relevance of technology on all aspects of artists and cultural workers’ work?
2) Additionally, can the Build Peace community engage actively with the specific nature of our host city? As we explore the overarching theme of ‘By Whom, For Whom,’ what light can we shine on Nicosia, and what light can it shine on us so we learn more about the concept of, the reality of, and our reaction to divided spaces?
3) Can we build a model for multifaceted exchange between the diverse participants of Build Peace? From host cities to world travelers, the Build Peace community has a wide perspective and reach. At each successive iteration of Build Peace, can the conference add to the cultural conversation host city? Can attendees have a meaningful experience that is distinctly rooted in place and time, and gives them specific cultural tools to draw on as they act in the world?
You can find more specific details about the call, apply or ask questions here.