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. Unprecedented numbers of people are aiming for Europe in an effort to escape military conflicts and poverty. At the same time, there are many living among us 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.
The artists exhibiting in the HateFree? exhibition take the side of those who are stigmatized in this manner. They strive to explore the mechanisms that define certain groups as inferior or socially excluded, and show the danger inherent in the growth of hate in society. At the same time, they demonstrate faith in the symbolic power of an artistic gesture expressing solidarity, and its specific effects outside the narrowly circumscribed world of art.