COLOR THE COURT- Women in Peacebuilding Visual Voices and PeacePlayers Cyprus, together with artists Nurtane Karagil and Christina Christofi have been working on another creative peacebuilding project called ‘Color the Court - Women in Peacebuilding’. This second volume of ‘Color the Court’ aims to enhance the role of women in peacebuilding and to empower Cypriot youth to become activists for peace. It combined educational, artistic and sports workshops in a creative approach to peacebuilding. The process relied on collaboration between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot students to promote community dialogue through innovative activism.
The Visual Voices AR App for digital graffiti and storytelling brings together socially engaged art and augmented reality, in a way that promotes user-generated content and powerful stories of peace advocacy. This embraces the idea that socially engaged art coming from communities affected by violent conflict and tackling conflict-related challenges are actually relevant all over the world. For the user, it is a means of reconceptualization. A collaboration between Visual Voices, ITICA Lab, Marina Hassapopoulou, Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and socially engaged artists from around the world that address challenges stemming from violent conflict.
PEOPLE WHO DREAM OF PEACE & CONNECTION- AN OFFICIAL INSIDEOUT COMMUNITY ACTION An artistic community action responding
to the division on the island of Cyprus. The division left two halves of a
whole with a common past, divided present and what we hope will be a united
future. Cypriot based artists bring together these faces, divided by barbed
wire, and view them as one. This is the story we want for our future, a story
where conflict narratives are turned inside out and thrown away. We want the
inside that comes out to be full of peace.
The final installation took place on June 11, 2022 with 99 massive
portraits now covering walls on both sides of the historic city centre. These
faces represent positivity, hope, and the foundation for a peaceful future. This
is even more impressive considering the efforts behind it. A group of
photographers visited different areas of the island and embraced it’s diversity
following the common thread of a shared hope for peace and connection.
A massive thank you to our photographers!! Hayal Gezer,
Stephanie Lemesianou, Jeremy Coulmance; and to the core team and all our new
friends who volunteered so many hours to make this happen!
PERSPECTIVE(S)- WIDE ANGLE CONVERSATIONS hosted 6 round tables by the Vaha Nicosia hub. The discussion themes address the ‘crisis of democracy’ by promoting civic dialogue around key social challenges. The round tables consist of experts (academic, artistic, philosophy/theorist). The multidisciplinary approaches on common challenges created space for new voices to be heard and to connect the two worlds of academia and culture. The evolution of the round tables was fully documented and exhibited by a Visual Voices resident artist.
VAHA PHASE II - A collaboration between VAHA Hubs from Belgrade, Mersin, and Nicosia. a ‘Composting for Peace’ metaphorical interpretation for new growth in our society. A way in which we recognize that the blending of energies and values is the basis for coming together into one. In the spirit of this metaphor, the Nicosia Hub initiative has been to record artistic and social actions in all three countries. Recordings of brief interviews with artists and community members have been joined together into a virtual reality exhibition that brings the three locations together into one virtual space.
*VAHA is an initiative of Anadolu Kültür and MitOst, funded by Stiftung Mercator and the European Cultural Foundation. VAHA partner consortium is in a collaboration with the iac Berlin to implement a series of ‘thematic workshops and network meetings. We thank the Chrest Foundation for its support of travel-related expenses.