Unifying Potentials for the Future - Culture for Peace (UPF - Culture for Peace) is a comprehensive initiative that aims to create a dynamic platform for our common sustainable future. It is to architecture a global reach by enabling talented and engaged individuals (as well as institutions and associations) from various fields of culture (science, arts, sports, and the like), to support sustainable balanced and harmonious societies.
The basic tools of the Initiative's activities relate to the design, implementation and realization of projects from different fields of culture, the organisation and support of individual cultural events, the presentation and promotion of artists, scientists and cultural workers, as well as the presentation and promotion of their (peace-related) works and activities.
The interaction of (applied) sciences and arts within the broader environment is a focal content of the activity and the leitmotiv in their implementation.
The basic prerequisite and precondition for the creation, existence and maintenance of societies and organisations oriented towards the advanced peaceful future is the existence (or establishment) of social values in which it primarily and intensively develops, supports and perceives a culture based on the initiation, creation, development and exchange of human ideas, knowledge and talents.
The establishment and enhancement of a peaceful society embedded in the environmental harmony is the only possible way forward, towards a sustainable future. To its biosocial equilibriums, it presupposes the existence of supporting web of culture, creative ideas, skills wisdoms and talents. And vice versa: The culture of supporting various ideas, knowledge and talents, directed towards a sustainable future, presupposes the existence / establishment of a peace society and its organisations.
INDIA and SOUTH-ASIA IN FOCUS
On the side of a major international conference taking place in Czech capital of Prague, Ms. Amrita Dillon (New Delhi-based Kootneeti Mediaworks, Founder and Director) and Dr. Sofija Bajrektarevic (Culture for Peace, Director-General) have met and thoroughly discussed issues of their mutual interests. India’s partner recognised many complementarities and possible synergies in the scope of the Kootneeti Mediaworks activities with those of the Culture for Peace. By the second round of their bilateral talks, both sides agreed to step up closer in cooperation, by signing their respective Memorandum of Understanding.
The Kootneeti Mediaworks are present in South Asia (India), but are building up their presence in Southeast Asia too (Singapore).
This MoU will enable both sides to regularise their exchanges; of information and of best practices, to mutually promote their respective works and activities as well as to plan joint undertakings in Asia and in Europe.
REACHING OUT TO RUSSIA:
CULTURE FOR PEACE SIGNS THE MEMORANDA WITH A PRESTIGIOUS INSTITUTION FROM MOSCOW
Prague), Dr. Armen Oganesyan (Moscow-based Международная жизнь – Journal of Russia’s Foreign Ministry, Editor-in-Chief) and Dr. Sofija Bajrektarevic (Culture for Peace, Director-General) have separately met and thoroughly reflected upon issues that might be of their mutual interest. Director Bajrektarevic congratulated Mr. Oganesyan for an excellently made international gathering, for its impressive number and capacity of speakers as well as for the content-intensive and highly topical event organised by him and his team. Russian partner stated many complementarities in the scope of the International Affairs’ work with those of the Culture for Peace. By the consecutive round of their bilateral talks at the Media Forum, both sides agreed to further the cooperation, by signing their respective Memorandum of Understanding.
Present MoU will enable both parties to enhance their exchanges of information and of best practices, to mutually promote works complementary to each side as well as to effectively plan their joint undertakings in Russia, Austria and elsewhere in Europe.
CULTURE FOR PEACE –UNIFYING POTENTIALS FOR THE FUTURE PROUDLY PRESENTS THE NEXT ARTIST AND THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE UNDER THE AUSPICES OF ITS PROJECT CIRCLE: ’CULTURE’ FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURE:
ART/ARTISTS IN FORE- AND BACKGROUND
Juan Trinidad answers on our topic "Sustainable Future - quo vadis: Process, metamorphosis, directions of movement (motion) of matter and spirit as essential building elements of being (existence)" with his work displayed hereby:
"Without forgetting the past, I make sculptures today, thinking about the future."
Born in Bonao, Dominican Republic (1963). Conceptual sculptor of the Generation of 1980s. Graduated from the Cándido Bidó School of Art. He lives and works in his workshop in Bonao, R.D.
His sculpture belongs to the Dominican tradition and the Afro-Antillean identity, dominating the totemic carvings in oak and centenary mahogany, also the size of stone and marble (https://www.instagram.com/esculturastrinidad/)
His works are decorating shelves and spaces on four continents. Among numerous exhibitions, let us mention just few: the Tactile Exhibition of the Louvre Museum, International Ice Biennials in Canada, Gold Book of World Plastic, ITB Berlin, Magia del Caribe Lisbon and UNESCO Paris.
Henry Loyrette Former President - Director of the Louvre Paris says on his works: “Since ancient times, -Dáprés l’Antique- invites us to make dialogue of cultures… The past and the present are mixed, thanks to the presentation of contemporary sculptures by Juan Trinidad.
The opportunity to ask questions about the sources of art in the Dominican Republic, Amerindians, Africans, Europeans and more particularly Mediterranean… Juan’s works wonderfully contributes in re-approaching our cultures, seemingly distant, but so close ...”
’CULTURE’ FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: ART/ARTISTS IN FORE- AND BACKROUND
The project "’Culture’ for sustainable future: art/artists in fore- and background" is conceptualized as a long-term, gradually evolving and enlarging, message of visual arts.
The content of this message should correspond to a specific topic (as the central constant of the long-term cycle):
"Sustainable Future - quo vadis: Process, metamorphosis, directions of movement (motion) of matter and spirit as essential building elements of being (existence)".
The very message senders are artists from all over the world, from different fields of visual arts (sculpture, painting, photography, design) with their chosen works that reflect/express the above stated theme.
The works will be presented as a front posting (on the start-page of this website), and will rotate during the year, changing every two months. In that way the artwork presented will be the first visual impression of the ‘Culture for Peace’ website.
The artworks themselves will be exhibited within the Culture for Peace project at annual exhibitions and presentations of the project (in various countries as well as annual in-house exhibitions).
The content of the project will thus create interaction between wider audiences and artists with their respective works from different corners of the world.
The ultimate goal is to provide an open stage, a platform for the artists' inspirations, works and messages that initiate (inter)actions between authors and audiences – all aimed at the creation of a pacific and balanced society as a sine qua non for our planetary sustainable future.
ART/ARTISTS IN FORE- AND BACKGROUND: 2019/2020
The work of renowned sculptor Alem Korkut (photo of works) is the first visual artistic message under the auspices of the project "Culture’ for sustainable future: art/artists in fore- and background".
The exhibited work of the author was actually an early initiation - to say inspiration, for annotating the project`s topic as: "Sustainable Future - quo vadis: Process, metamorphosis, directions of movement (motion) of matter and spirit as essential building elements of being (existence).
He also authors the very logo of the Culture for Peace - Unifying Potentials for the Future.
Alem Korkut is the winner of several awards at public tenders for the art in open, public spaces. He has exhibited at about forty solo, and about one hundred and fifty group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. Since 2007, he has been teaching sculpture at ALU in Zagreb (Academy of Applied Arts of the University of Zagreb), currently in position of Associate Professor.
An important part of Korkut's opus are the reliefs, the surfaces that provide the smallest possible space in which the author explores the constant theme of his interest: matter and processes that change it (www.alemkorkut.com)
In the Korkut relief presented here, we observe the processes of merging / healing or separation / cracking of forms / pure forms / contents and materials that the artist uses. Movement directed toward the (desired) whole or movement opposite to it - depending on the direction of observation that we choose.
NARRATIVES OF HOPE: APPLIED SCIENCE IN THE CULTURE
Project ‘Narratives of Hope: Applied Science in the culture’ gives a floor to experts from different scientific and cultural fields. The leitmotiv of all topics, irrespectively from their thematic or performing diversity, is clearly set: Sustainable futures. In the closing, rep-up segment of these events, a microphone (for Q&A) always goes to young generation. For all the others in audience that is an opportunity to listen and get inspired – by words (or performances) of experts. It is a novel journey by content and style through the challenging and engaging topics facing the forthcoming generations.
‘MUSIC AS A CULTURE’
(in elaboration/planned) - estimated start of the project: 2020
RHYTHM AND COLOURS OF CENTRAL EUROPE
-BETWEEN TRADITION AND MODERNITY-
Under the auspices of huge international gathering (‘II Media Forum 2019 – Freedom of
Journalism in the Context of Human Rights, New Technologies and Information Security’,
Praha, 20-22 November), Culture for Peace was invited as a special guest to present the
applied Fashion design project: ‘Unique K by Sofi B‘ for Vienna Fabrics and Design.
It is composed of a collection of assessors and fashioned wearing items that are solely
produced from leftovers of the famous Backhausen fabrics – materials of the top quality and
prestigious design. Numerous items of these fabrics are designed by the famous artists of the
Vienna’s Secession (German: Wiener Secession).
The ‘Unique K by Sofi B’ collection is based on amalgamation of science and arts. It is
inspired by the presence of tradition in the modern culture of Central Europe, but also by
cultural influences from far and wide (starting with France to Ottomans, and from
Scandinavia through Russia all the way to some Asian royal courts, too).
Each item in this collection is truly unique. Many have been designed from the last remaining
pieces of the unique fabrics, which is not manufactured anymore.
By leaning on rest-pieces and emphasising on quality and uniqueness, this collection
underlines its commitment to sustainable development and a green approach towards
the fashion industry.