Art is our language, artists are our family. We believe in the enduring power of cultural heritage, something that is so rooted in the identity of a people that no one can forget it and nothing can erase it - not even war.
In these dramatic months for the Ukrainian people, artistic heritage across the country, from monuments to preserved works in museums, galleries and exhibition spaces, has also become a target of the bombings, and defending is a difficult, but necessary, undertaking. What is the destiny of the historical-artistic culture of Ukraine? What is the fate of local artists? As we watch, seemingly helplessly, the struggle of civilians to survive- both those that remain to protect the history of their country and those that flee for a future that no longer seems to make any sense- we know that culture continues to resist and that art persists in the creative minds of artists, wherever they are.
Rapso has decided to support Artists at Risk (AR), a non-profit organization that since 2013 has been assisting artists who are politically vulnerable and are fleeing oppression and war in 26 locations, in 19 countries around the world. AR hosts persecuted artists, writers, curators, critics and scholars by facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin, hosting them at AR-Residencies and curating related projects.
Today, on the occasion of World Collage Day, Collazine launch a fundraiser in support of Artists at Risk.
Unpublished collages made by international artists are available. They were inspired by the White Future theme, a prompt to create a white and candid space in pursuit of a different future, will be made available for purchase.
“Wars, pandemics, climate change. The world seems to be an unsafe place to live in today and when we think that the only refuge may be in a better future, we realize that we are already living it, and should navigate it with care. It’s not possible to erase the past, but let's imagine we have a blank sheet ready to rewrite a new story lived by moments of quiet, optimism and trust. We imagine a different future, but one so close that it can almost be touched”.
all proceeds will be donated to Artists at Risk
Artisti: Demetrio Di Grado, Soraia Aguirre, Agnieszka Zajac, Sonia Otero, Salvadora Moya Jiménez, Andrej Cojocaru, Petra Heidrich, Matthew Rose, Thomas Gillard.