CFCP NEW VOICES OF IRELAND SERIES 9
New Voices of Ireland
The Wartime Art Archives
The Wartime Art Archives
CFCP New Voices of Ireland Series 9
The New Voices of Ireland Series aims to present works and practices by migrant and culturally artists to their local peers and broader audiences in Ireland and to invite migrant artists to take part in the current social and political debates. Reflecting upon the imperialist brutality of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the dramatic effects of the Syrian war, and the situation in Palestine, to name some of the ongoing conflicts, the New Voices of Ireland Series of 2022 focuses on the gloom reality that peace, our democratic values, the right to enjoy our lives and fruits of our work, all taken for granted in the Western part of the world and the Global North, are unique achievements that if not protected, can disappear in no time when exposed to destructive, totalitarian and extremists’ forces.
The Wartime Art Archives is the 2022 edition of the New Voices of Ireland Series, run annually by the Centre for Creative Practices. This year’s programme explores artistic records and reactions to the horrific realities of the recent invasion of Ukraine, the war in Syria, the occupation of Palestine, and other forms of wars, including the sex war and the drugs war.
The Wartime Art Archives is an exhibition and multidisciplinary programme featuring works by Adam Kos, Aljoscha, Christina Bennett, Csilla Toldy, Eleni Kolliopoulou, Joe Ryan, Kasia Zimnoch, Kate Kelly, Kseniia Rusnak, Maureen Jordan, Pawel Kleszczewski, Roger Hudson, Tina Whelan and Ukrainian artists associated with the Ukrainian Emergency Art Fund
Curator: Monika Sapielak
The Wartime Art Archives continued
Dublin, November 2022
2022 has turned out to be the worst year in European history since the end of WWII. On February 24 2022, at 5 am, Russia, occupying parts of Ukraine since 2014, started a full-scale military invasion against the whole Ukrainian nation to annex Ukrainian territory and fulfill the Russian ruthless imperial dream. Geopolitically it also means that Russia has attacked and invaded Europe, which it has been trying to undermine for the last 22 years by supporting all kinds of extremist, anti-democratic forces.
As of, the number of people who fled Ukraine since is estimated at 14,853,082. While 7,359,216 have returned to the country, the UNHCR records 7,786,195 refugees from Ukraine across Europe. At the same time, Russia, once again, has been turned into a military factory where human lives and rights don’t count unless they support the sick obsession to erase a whole country, its beautiful language and culture, and to make the proud Ukrainian nation a part of the Russian zombie state.
Currently, there are also other wars or conflicts ongoing in over 30 countries in the world. The War in Syria, the violence in Myanmar, the conflict in Afghanistan, the Yemeni civil war, the Mexican drug war, the Ethiopian civil war, and the Occupation of Palestine, along with climate change, contributed to the displacement of an unprecedented 89.3 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes. 53.2 million are internally displaced, and 27.1 are refugees: who have had to travel to a new country to find safety. All these people need solidarity which must translate into support, hospitality, and opportunities to regain their lives. Offering this support is everybody’s duty, and it also impacts our lives. However, our sacrifices are very modest compared to people who lost everything or are facing a winter without heat and electricity under constant shelling.
These horrific events also affect artists and arts organisations. Russian curators at this year’s Venice Biennale refused to represent their country. They published a statement that “there is nothing left to say, there is no place for art when civilians are dying under the fire of missiles when citizens of Ukraine are hiding in shelters when Russian protesters are getting silenced.”
From Ukraine, we know about hundreds of female and male artists joining the army, volunteering, and offering humanitarian aid and support. Most of the artists have paused their artistic work; some try to combine artistic activities, cultural diplomacy and military or social services. There are also artists who, in response to the war, keep producing works nearly on a daily basis. It helps them to deal with the constant news reporting about more and more war atrocities. As described by the curators of the Piazza Ukraine at Venice Biennale, “Shortly after a new piece is completed, whether it’s a drawing, a photograph, a comic strip or a short text, it goes public — via social media. Becoming a subject of the public realm, these works turn into something bigger. They become evidence, an artifact, a document of the state of mind. Perhaps, these works have already gained the status of the most sincere and certainly undeniable documentation of the experience: the one of trauma, anger, and, yet, of sheer courage, too.”
The same happens to artists in other parts of the world who are affected by the wars and conflicts directly or indirectly, trying to help, crying, and documenting the brutal absurdity of wasted lives.
Every one of us can make a difference.
With best wishes,
The New Voices of Ireland Series is a flagship project of integrative, cultural practice between migrant and local artists as well as audiences curated and presented by the Centre for Creative Practices.
The New Voices of Ireland Series aims to:
- Connect creative talent from new communities and various social groups from all over Ireland
- Give migrant and culturally diverse artists an opportunity to share their work and talent with a wide local and international audience
- Engage artists to express their views on social challenges and the role of culture in modern society through artistic practice
I am a French filmmaker and I worked with the Center for Creative Practices through the “New Voices” programs, featuring the work of international artists based in Dublin. The CFCP is a great place where you can discover, in a very intimate atmosphere, great artists and great stories. My overall experience with the staff and the program was very nice, I totally support the CFCP.
As an emerging artist the new voices series provided me the opportunity to showcase my first solo show and supported me just at the transition from student to practicing artist. The staff at the Centre for Creative Practices were fantastic, so helpful, welcoming and enthusiastic, always on the go setting up the next show, (be it visual or musical) yet despite their dedication to work and tight schedule the staff treat anyone who walk through the door as a good friend and take the time to welcome them wholeheartedly. Having such a mix of audience, like the one at CCP is a really uplifting experience.
The New Voices of Ireland Series by year.
Click on a link below to access a catalogue.
CULTURAL MEMORY – TRANSITION, TEMPORALITY, TRANSCULTURES
“Migration – From Burdens to Opportunities”
“Divisions in our Cities – How Can Culture Help To Overcome These Divisions?”
“Beyond The Obvious, Beyond The Familiar – From Producing Things To Nurturing The Social Capital”
“Hybridisation and Blending of Social Identities”
“Migrant Artists On Ireland”