Motto: In an age when growing numbers of people tend to think dangerously alike, art´s capacity to suspend, even for a moment, our habitual ways of seeing may well prove to be of its greatest value.
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We live in a time when society is becoming increasingly polarized, and expressions of hate are becoming a normal part of our lives. It is also a time that tests our ability to express solidarity. The artists exhibiting in the HateFree? exhibition take the side of those who encounter prejudice and ridicule as well as violence and hate due to their skin colour, religion, sexual orientation, or perhaps because they are homeless.
Three artist’s books by young photographer Peter Fabo exhibited during February’s Polička/Shelf project at the Art Archive, were created through the selection of images from the artist’s personal archives (1 Feb 2016 – 5 Mar 2016). And on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Zdenek Seydl, the Archive will commemorate the work of this versatile artist (24 Feb 2016 – 3 Apr 2016).
We live in a time when society is becoming increasingly polarized, and expressions of hate are becoming a normal part of our lives. The educational programme to the HateFree? exhibiton maps the creation and workings of our stereotypes and prejudices through basic concepts as well as specific instances of media stories and hoaxes.
In recent years, Cuba has been undergoing significant transformation. Nevertheless, this year the island has seen the largest exodus of its residents in the past decade. Five young Cuban artists, Francis Sanchez, Arien Chang Castan, Ricardo Miguel Hernández, Maczel Lang Santiesteban, and Rodney Batista Herrera are among those who don’t want to escape. They perceive their traumas, poverty, or political disappointment as a challenge for their art.