Responding to a world embroiled by war and conflict and the obsessive quantification and privatisation of public services and assets, Hunar Symposia challenge the marginalised role that cultural products have suffered. By advocating for the inherent value of the arts in society as a form of knowledge, we seek to decolonise the way we understand what we know about conflict...and art. Cultural products produced in places which have suffered prolonged conflict and violence provide a pertinent example of the importance of the arts in reconstructing social identities unbound by narratives of trauma.
Our first symposium, a combination of art exhibition and public talks, planned for 2022 is Art ÷ Conflict and it seeks to identify the multifarious ways in which the arts contribute to society, particularly in conflict spaces, and as a response to hyper-rationalist legacies of Western modernity.
Working with our partner artists who are engaged in conflict spaces we will seek to build knowledge both in academia and the wider community, on line and in live venues.
The project is evolving so check back for updates or sign up below.
(This image was sourced with permission from ArtLords Facebook page 7 Nov 2021.)