European Culture of Resistance is a long-term interdisciplinary project combining artistic research, political and cultural youth education, and remembrance cultures. In international exchange meetings, artists, scientists, art institutions, and NGOs engage young people in co-creative thought processes and artistic practice dealing with resistance against (European) fascisms. The next step is a workshop and exchange meeting at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (20 March 2021) and a network meeting (21 March 2021) to create the basis for a multi-year project in the framework of Creative Europe 2021-27.

       The starting point for the pilot project Art Works! European Culture of Resistance and Liberation (2019-20) were songs, poems, graffiti or other artefacts dedicated to the theme of resistance and liberation from fascisms in the period between 1939 and 1945 that continue to exert their power today (e.g. the song Bella Ciao). Works of art are not only mirrors of the time in which they were created or achieved popularity but may continue to have significance and meaning, even though their context and/or meaning may change. Moreover, what motivated these artistic resistance fighters? Where were they active and how? What is their life’s story? Why are their works powerful? What significance did they have back then, and what significance do they have today? How can these works be critically questioned?

       The pilot project foresaw a process of research, critique, and reflection for young participants to examine historical artworks and, supported by artists, scientists, art institutions, and NGOs, move on to co-create their own artworks connected to the historical findings but focused on the values needed in the here and now. Reflecting on these historical-cultural roots is key to understanding and appreciating today’s Europe. The pilot project involved artists (Alessandra Ferrini, OKO, Katja Pratschke, Leonhard Grond) and youth groups of the partner institutions (Museion Bolzano, Melk Memorial, FH St. Pölten, MSU Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb) organised by Foundation wannseeFORUM Berlin and HASENHERZ Vienna. This process was implemented in three phases:

︎ Local research on-site (Berlin, Bolzano, Melk, Zagreb, Winter 2019/20)

︎ International Youth Exchange and Workshops, first outcomes were streamed for the Commemoration Ceremony (Melk, May 2020)

︎ Exhibitions of the jointly created artworks (Berlin, Bozen, Melk, Zagreb from May 2020)


Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond
Association HASENHERZ and University of Applied Arts, Vienna 

Roman Fröhlich
Foundation wannseeFORUM Berlin

Art Works! European Culture of Resistance and Liberation
is co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union:

Partner Institutions:





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The process is made possible by the generous support of


Cooperational Partners: