evgenija demnievska on Tue, 01 Jun 1999 07:51:41 PDT

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      Alexandra Paperno
      604 Henry Street, #1
      Brooklyn, NY, 11231
A r t p e a c e l i n k
Artists for Nonviolent Alternatives

 Contact persons: Alexandra Paperno      (718) 643-9897
                               Rebecca Sack          (212)928-2288

Advisor: Dore Ashton

"Returning violence for violence only multiplies violence, adding
deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars."    --Martin Luther
King, Jr.

"Imagine that you are creating the building of human destiny with the
object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at
last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only
one tiny creature and to found that edifice on its unavenged tears,
would you consent to be the architect on those conditions?"    --Fyodor
Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov

Introduction: We affirm that murder and forcible expulsion of people
are crimes against humanity. Bombing, though, is not an effective nor
civilized way to solve conflicts and is no less criminal. It is bitter
to realize that at the end of the 20th century, after two world
wars--the most cruel and severe  in the history of mankind--our
civilization still resorts to conflict resolution not through dialogue,
but armed force. It seems that no lesson was learned from this
century's horrific experiences and we are destined to fall once again
into a vicious cycle of death and destruction.

All of Europe is affected by the war in the Balkans. In addition to the
obliteration of Serb police and army sites in Kosovo, NATO has
demolished much of the civilian infrastructure of Yugoslavia. Hundreds
of civilians were killed, thousands wounded, and hundreds of thousands
left jobless. Sites bombed include television stations, oil refineries,
chemical plants, electric transmission facilities, major roadways,
airports, hospitals, schools, medieval monasteries, as well as numerous
museums and monuments. Cluster bombs, 25 percent of which fail to
detonate, litter the terrain with land mines for years to come.
Petro-chemical and uranium weapons used in this "humanitarian" war
cause leukemia and birth defects and will have disastrous ecological
effects far beyond the region. This war can lead to political, social,
and ecological destruction of Europe and the rest of the world.

Proposal (Consisting of Two Parts):

1. Group Exhibition: Open to all media--painting, sculpture,
photography, video, installation, and computer generated art concerning
the definitions of human, humane,
humanitarian/ism, humanity, humanize.

2. Collaborative Piece Artpeace:  each artist/writer/photographer who
is willing to participate shall contribute an art piece the size of
his/her hand. The amount of artwork received will determine the
installation in the space. The unified art piece will be linked
together in the form of a tree and continue to grow exponentially as
artists from around the world send in their contributions via mail or
the internet.

Purpose:  The proceeds from the sales will be donated to an independent
humanitarian organization (to be determined) that does not take a
military position and that provides medical and other crucial aid to
those who are suffering as a result of this war: both Albanian and
Serbian victims. This exhibition, however, is intended to raise much
more than money.  By bringing together artists from different countries
we would be creating a dialogue and, therefore, taking significant
steps towards the peace process.

Participants: Visual artists/Writers who would like to participate in
the name of peace.

Current list of participants (subject to change and expansion):
Lynne Allen, Dore Ashton, Alexander Bezzubov, Katya Blumenberg,
Jennifer Croson,  Emily Feinstein, Ellie Ga, Auguste Garufi, Mikhail
Gervits, Valery Grancher, Nadya Gurevich, Jeanine Hart, Robert Kalka,
Matvei Yan Kilevich, Olga Kisseleva, Komar & Melamid, Jerry Lerner,
John Lin, Beth Livensperger, Ivan Lunguine, Tomas Mike, Tristra
Newyear, Igor Nourgaliev, Omar Olivera, Howardena Pindell, Alexandra
Paperno, Alexander Popovic, Niko Punin, Dmitry Rozin, Alexander
Rubchenko, Susana Ruiz,  Rebecca Sack, Scherer and Ouporov, Drew
Shiflett, Barbara Staulus, Tatiana Stolpovic, Konstantin Stupovski,
Ilya Temkin, Konstantin Trubkovich, Sergei Tsvetkov, John Varoli, Igor
Vishnyakov, Andrew Weinstein, Alexander Zakharov.

Projected exhibition date: October 1999.

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