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 on the basis of concrete and local examples, and of reviewing historical works and their modes of action with regard to 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’ personal struggles) encourages meeting the future with an inquiring and imaginative mind. By encouraging the participants not only to reflect the artworks from this period but 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 examine the historical works and, supported by professional artists, move on to co-create artworks that connect historical developments to the here and now. Effectuating such a process is the responsibility of political, artistic and cultural youth education and is the central aim of this project.
The project Art Works! European Culture of Resistance and Liberation is the kick-off for a long-term international project on political youth work and artistic research in the program of Creative Europe. Thus, the pilot project Art Works! European Culture of Resistance and Liberation develops a foundation for this horizon:
︎ in the development and definition of a European culture of resistance.
︎ in the critical questioning of artworks as an effective means of resistance and liberation.
︎ in imagining a differentiated, shared concept of the European future based on an 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 field of political education and art (museums, artists, youth work, memorials).
︎ for interdisciplinary process development in an international network.
︎ by publishing the project findings in an international context and discourse.
The cooperation between the participants for the follow-up project in the Creative Europe 2021-2027 follow-up program intends to expand the network and to strengthen interdisciplinary cooperation in different formats (youth meetings, workshops, conferences, exhibitions, research, network meetings).
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