Aims



       On the intersection of youth work, current artistic practice, and political and cultural education, the practice-based project has set itself the goal of investigating cultural assets as means of resistance and liberation based on concrete and local examples and of reviewing historical works and their modes of action concerning the present, based on the thesis that learning from history for the present is only possible through independent research, critical analysis, and creative application. The power of imagination inherent in artworks (and their authors’ private struggles) encourages meeting the future with an inquiring and imaginative mind. By encouraging the participants to reflect on artworks from this period and then, in turn, to become artists themselves in the further course of the project, the project aims to open up a new perspective on the connection of culture and politics.

       In this process of research, critique and reflection, the participants examined the historical works and, supported by professional artists, moved on to co-create artworks that connect historical developments to the here and now. Enabling such a process on the intersection of artistic research, activism, and cultural and political youth education is the central aim of this project.

       The project Art Works! European Culture of Resistance and Liberation was the kick-off for a long-term international project on political youth work and artistic research in the Creative Europe program. Thus, the pilot project Art Works! European Culture of Resistance and Liberation aimed to develop a foundation for this horizon:

︎    in starting the thought process of what could be a European culture of resistance.

︎    in the critical questioning of artworks as an effective means of resistance.

︎    in imagining a differentiated, shared concept of the European future based on a shared understanding of local and international history, and the values that derive from it.

︎    in the definition of an intersection of art, political youth education and remembrance work.

︎    in the collaboration of artists and young people in co-creative processes on equal footing, within the framework of Human Rights Education (HRE) and contemporary artistic practices at the cutting edge.

︎    in the establishment of a dynamic, sustainable, international network in the fields of artistic research, political education and art institutions.

︎    for interdisciplinary process development in an international network.

︎    by publishing the project findings in an international context and discourse.






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