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Art Work on Environment and Responsibility Starts World Travels in Greece

It is widely accepted that art speaks to the human soul directly, and the team of the Allied Workgroup for the Charter of Human Responsibilities has once again taken the art road to raising human awareness on its responsibility to the environment, with a traveling art show that will slowly, but surely, make its way around the world. A report from Yolanda Ziaka, from the Charter team.

K. PantelakisOur team has organized a series of traveling exhibitions presenting the works of American, Brazilian, and Greek artists, as well as paintings by children from Georgia, on the theme: “The Environment: Common Good - Common Responsibility.” The purpose is to gather and present works of art that reflect artists’ visions of environment and responsibility.

The first two exhibitions are taking place in Greece: the first started on August 23, on the island of Syros, and the second will be shown in the city of Ioannina, in the north of Greece, in November 2007.

These same works of art will then be sent to Brazil and a third exhibition will be organized by the Brazilian committee for the Charter of Human Responsibilities in May 2008.

A constant in the Charter team: get children involved!

There are 28 artists participating in the exhibitions in Greece: 18 Greek artists, 2 artists from the USA, and 8 artists from Brazil.

There is also a series of paintings by children from Georgia, a special part of the exhibition.

Through this series of exhibitions, as well as through parallel events (publications, video screenings, debates, Web pages displaying the project), we are seeking to raise public awareness in general and to give a wider reach to our project on responsibility.

I. CymlichIn these pages, there are reproductions of the works of art, the artists’ statements and their biographies in two languages, English and Greek (a French version is being prepared) along with the artists’ pictures.

This is all also available on the Web site of the World Network of Artists in Alliance.

The presentations attest to a variety of conceptions, but also a to a profound unity.

And if you can’t actually go to the shows …

So far, we have published the invitation to the exhibition (a page marker), the exhibition poster and its catalog, a CD-ROM including presentations of the artists, their work and introductory texts), as well as postcards of some of the artists’ works.

By the time of the second exhibition, we have planned to publish more postcards, as well as to have the catalog of the exhibition printed (with pictures and texts) - this has just received sponsorship and we waiting for it to materialize.

We are very happy to have this opportunity to work on such an inspiring project - which, in fact, was an idea of the Brazilian team.

Our objective is to continue with this project next year, if everything goes well, and to involve more artists from more countries. As a first stage, we are at the moment in contact with teachers from the School of Fine arts in Florence, Italy, who are interested in participating in the project.

Paintings by:
Eirini Tsiraki - Greece (above right)
Konstantinos Pantelakis - Greece (above left)
Inna Cymlich Janse - Brazil (middle)


THE AUTHORS

Yolanda Ziaka
My name is Yolanda Ziaka. I am Greek, (...)
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Themes involved

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RESOURCES

Further reading on Art and Society

  • Action For Peace: Drums For Peace

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    Madaula Felix

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    01 June 2002
    The Drums for Peace are an initiative promoted by NOVA Center for social Innovation to make hear other sounds, other voices, new ideas and proposals, in a diverse clamor of drums, saucepans sounds,... in order to fight for peace.
  • Art and Cultural Identity in the Construction of a Cooperative World

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    Hamilton FARIA (POLIS), Pedro GARCIA, Hamilton FARIA (Instituto de Estudos, Formação e Assessoria em Politicas Sociais. World Network of Artists in Alliance), Pedro GARCIA

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    01 November 1998
    Proposal paper of the Art workshop. It contains some thinking and definitions on the subject of Art and Society. Art can play a fundamental role in restoring structure to damaged social fabric. These ideas give rise to proposals (defense of the right to cultural citizenship, strengthening cultural identity in the face of globalization, building a culture of peace, etc.), illustrated with contemporary experiences.
  • Cultures, Art, and Conflict

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    01 July 1998
    The themes considered concern the relationship of art and culture with conflict. The relationship of art and culture with the causes, and the political and social solutions of the conflict at local and international levels.
  • Experience Reports of the Art and Society Workshop

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    Olivier Petitjean

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    01 March 1998
    This file is constituted of documents mostly extracted from the data base Dialogues for the Progress of Humanity (DPH). The other documents were written in direct relationship with the Art and Society Workshop.
  • No Alliance without Artists!

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    Michel Sauquet (FPH), Michel SAUQUET (Alliance des Editeurs Independants)

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    01 July 1998
    This text shows the artist's responsibility in the contemporary world. It is about affirming the artist's social responsibility and reinforcing cultural identities in the context of globalization.
  • You Can't Pick up a Stone with Only One Finger

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    Marie-Laure de NORAY (Chargée de communication), Amadou DIARRRA (Consultant), Jean Freyss (Chargé de programme)

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    01 July 1996
    The different authors describe the organizations, structures and initiatives taken in Mali following change of regime in 1991. Public services are set up when the state cannot fill this role. Young people launch development dynamics, while the professionals get organized. Several cases are studied, such as that of the development of the Dogon plateau. A few complementary documents are collected at the end of this work. "On ne ramasse pas une pierre avec un seul doigt"; Subtitle: "Les organisations sociales au Mali, atout pour la decentralization". Authors: Diarra A.B., J. Freyss, M.L. de Noray, D. Sarambounou, I. Sidibé, B. Sissoko, M. Soumaré, T. Tobéré. Co-publication FPH/Djoliba, Bamako, 1996, 177 pages.

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