Peacebuilding and the Performing Arts in the Caucasian Region

Conflict in Southern Caucasus is against the backdrop of post cold war geo-political rivalry over influence in this strategically very important region. Small nations here – Georgia, Armenia and Azebaijan – are themselves in tension with each other, with memory of past injury and ethnic mobilization highlighting unresolved territorial claims. Most recent conflicts have been the war between Armenia and Azebaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region (1988-1994) and the August 2008 war with Russia. In cooperation with the Ivane Javakhisvhili Tbilisi State University, the University of Hamburg conducted two interdisciplinary workshop in Tbilisi in May 2014. The workshops were structured differently, but the aim in both was to explore the potential of the creative arts to develop patterns of thoughts conducive to peaceful co-existence. The concept was developed in relation to three factors: group composition, stage performance and academic reflection.

The results and more information about the workshop you can find here   → Booklet

 Some impressions of the workshop Spirals of Dialogue in Tbilisi…

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Sight-seeing excursions in the subsequent workshop days offered a travelling stage, in which the scene in front of the camera became the place for performance.

 

Refugee Towns

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On the road between Tbilisi and Gori, there are geometrically laid out refugee towns, with rows of blue or red roofs. These were built in the months after the war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. The hills on the horizon mark the new border.

 

Meeting Outside the Mosque

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In this predominantly orthodox Christian country, the occasion of the return of one of the workshop participants from Friday prayers, provided the scene for reflecting on interreligious fear.

 

“In the end, works of art are the only media

of complete and unhindered

communication

between man

and man

that can occur in a world full of

gulfs and walls

that limit

community of experience.”

(John Dewey. Art as Experience, 1934)

 

Organized by: Art Peace Project

The Art Peace Project has grown out of a number of experiments to see whether producing art or analysing art can help to generate fresh ways of seeing oneself and the world. The Art Peace Project serves therefore as a forum for research on the contribution on creative arts to intercultural learning and peace education.

For further information see Art Peace Project

 

Financed by the DAAD program, Conflict Prevention in the Southern Caucasus and Central Asia.

 

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