About H-O-P-E

H-O-P-E  is an art + education project by Alfred Banze. It is inspired by a mural painting inside the UN Security Council conference hall, painted in 1950 by the Norwegian artist Per Krogh.

H-O-P-E  is in development for the exhibition project UNITED NATIONS REVISITED, prepared by the german curator Signe Theil at Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Galerie M in Berlin and Kunstverein Bonn in 2012. Artists and theorists from five continents present their views on the role of the United Nations in the 21st century. The project contains exhibtions, talks, performances and a symposium.

H-O-P-E  is an interactive video installation, it will be produced while several workshops with young people, in in Asia, Africa, Southamerica, and Europe. HOPE is looking for visions and opinions about the United Nations of young people from most different cultural backgrounds. The United Nations today, can they bind the hope in peace for everybody? How can young people better identify with the United Nations as a global instrument for peace, human rights, and social progresses.

Two generations after the founding of the United Nations, the exhibition project “United Nations Revisited,”  pickes up the worldwide enthusiasm for this peace protecting, progress and human rights committed world forum, and questions its former and current significance. As an artistic intervention, the project focuses on the visual and symbolic acts relating to the United Nations. At its core, the exhibition wants to put the actual debate on the importance of United Nations on a broad public base. This participatory approach is not limited to artists, but also provides visitors of the exhibition, scholars, and young people as a platform for reflections. What does the United Nations today mean to us, in the 21 century? What do we know about their history, their tasks, their possibilities? What should the UN do better? The project’s goal is to start an artistic and scientific political dialogue. For this, artist talks, performances, interviews with politicians and cultural scientists and a workshop program for students are planned in addition to the exhibition.

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