antiwarcoalition.art at KARLSRUHE 2023
Messe Karlsruhe, Halle 1
The reactionary stage in responding to the war in Ukraine is slowly passing by. Yet the war is not over. It is not abstract, it is still going on. Although it might not seem visible anymore in Europe. Every day hundreds of people are being killed, violated and traumatised. The war is ruining the regimes of stability, taking lives and destroying families and social links. The selection of the artworks from the antiwarcoalition.art platform aims at reminding about the ongoing violence, occupation and violation of human rights just in the “remote neighbourhood”. The works united in the screening attempt to stress on the fact that each of us (all around the world) in one way or another is affected by this war — physically, economically, psychologically. This is a shared tragedy as well as the shared responsibility that enables genocide in the 21st century.
Antiwarcoalition.art in collaboration with ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, DE presents 15 video works by artists and 24 slogans written by artists on the issue of the ongoing war in Ukraine. These slogans will be projected on the wall to raise awareness of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the need for collective action. The main aim of this action through slogans is to provoke emotional reactions and contribute to dissatisfaction and frustration with Russian aggression and the inertia and indecision of Western politics, but also to express our support for the Ukrainian people.
antiwarcoaltion.art is an open online platform that collects, shares and distributes statements against the war created by artists from all over the world. Driven by the Russian aggression and war against Ukraine, this platform presents an opportunity to protest against war, dictatorship, and authoritarianism. It is an opportunity to express solidarity with those in Ukraine who are affected by the Russian military aggression, and with those resisting colonial, patriarchal, imperialistic, and political repressions and terror elsewhere.
One of the members of the curatorial team of the The International Coalition of Cultural Workers Against the War in Ukraine is Tatiana Kochubinska (*1985, Kyiv, Ukraine). After the outbreak of the war in Ukraine Tatiana was curator-in-residence at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe from June to August 2022. Currently Tatiana Kochubinska lives and works in Dresden, Germany, where she is co-curating the exhibition Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories. Ukrainian Art 1912–2023 at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden – Albertinum.