Is it really possible to say that there is peace in a territory where there is no armed conflict? How can we shift the focus from a culture of war that dominates Poland and Europe to a culture of peace? What are the chances of peace in a world threatened by a global ecological disaster?
80 years after the outbreak of the cruellest war in the 20th century, the residents of the European Union are enjoying a sense of relative stability. There is, however, a growing tolerance for neofascist and fascist views which, in the past, led to the outbreak of World War II. Our goal is to initiate a local approach to peace not as a sense of security which is given to or taken away from us, but as a plane for working towards peace in every instance of the ‘here and now’ and by each and every one of us. We want this approach to convey a clear message that peace does not have to be a consequence of war.
During Generator Malta 2019, we will share with the audience some artistic and everyday practices that produce, imply and enroot peace. Some of these practices are based on the affirmation of and respect for all beings. Using tools of care, they construct a local reality where there is no acceptance of violence and positions of power exercised to the detriment of others. This perspective guides the soldiers of Army of Love and the members of the group Sprostowanie, established with a view to the Festival’s peace focus. We will meet with people who build peace during armed conflicts around the world (Stereo 48), and who fight for social justice and freedom of speech using tools of resistance (Mosireen). We will take part in projects created by those who work against fascist movements (Rok Antyfaszystowski), and those who bring to attention the situation of war victims in different parts of the world and who support them (Poznańska Garażówka).
Let peace be our homework. Let us do it on a personal, local and global level.
Joanna Pańczak, Agnieszka Różyńska
curators of Malta Generation