’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
‘Let us pause, reflect, look inwards for answers and get in touch with our true nature. We are not separate from the world, we are not guests in it, we are part of it and it is part of us’
(‘Big Bang’ / Fatma Goutali, Artist)
"Big Bang"; of young Artist Fatma Goutali is a digital drawing, picturing the
universe inside-and-out of a woman`s womb. In this work, Goutali refers to the
Budha nature, or the true Self that is present in all human beings. She does
invite viewers for the question: Where do we come from? Are we really separate
from the world? Or, are we inseparable segments of a Big creation? What is it so
permanent that unites us all? After all, what is a meaning of Here-Us-Now, and
is our presence only the future that still dares not to come?
Fatma Goutali is an emerging Tunisian artist. Having lived in Pakistan,
Argentina, South Africa, and Russia, she holds rather unique style that reflects
her culturally rich background of walking different worlds of four
continents. Early in her life, she became interested in philosophy and the human
condition. Her artworks display glimpses of Sartre`s Existentialism and Camus’
absurdism. Fatma expressions are near dance between letting go and being in the
moment vs a deep quest of the human essence. A tango between spirituality and
existentialism on a humorous and sometimes sarcastic background tune.
Fatma participated in several successful Tunisian animated short films (with
Tunisian artist Nadia Rais). She also had numerous solo exhibitions, in Pretoria,
South Africa, and collective ones in Tunisia, respectively. She likes to playfully
tease and encourage people to question their existence or certain social
conditionings. Her art is one of her tools to reconnect with the universe`s
creative energy (https://goutalifatma1.myportfolio.com/work )
‘…like the techniques which made the protruding object stands out against the flat surface of the print I am different because of who I am and I accept me more as I am. Some who appreciates traditional beauty may feel intruded by this imperfection, whereas some may find that it encourages them to speak out against the flatness and norms’
Naj Phonghanyudh (Artist)
Naj Phonghanyudh is artist, mother and champion of social cause.
She is a professor at the prestigious University of the Arts in Bangkok,
Thailand. She completed her extensive studies in arts and art history,
in Bangkok, Kent and Paris respectively.
Her rich career is marked with numerous solo and group exhibitions,
as well as with the number of presentations, social actions and
However, this time we take a slight different angel in presenting our
forthcoming artist. It is in a form of short novel (above) – an essayistic
account over the meeting of two women – in times of planetary
imposed social distancing.
(The story written by Rattana Lao (young woman, thinker) about the
meeting of two women (artist and scientist), brings an additional
dimension to the presented image and features of the artist herself.
Therefore, this time we present the work, as a symbiosis of the
artistic-visual and the essayistic word – which also ‘paints a picture’
of something that we as human beings need and essentially are here
"It is socially acceptable to portrait confidence, success and a set of other desired
characteristics. When so, everything can continue as if, no changes are required. What if
behind such a display, an anger fear doubt or self-deprecation stands?
To explore our potentials as individuals and to unite in the wish for a prosperous future, we
need to dispense with the need to hide behind false displays and make sure that we feel valued,
worthy and capable from within oneself."
Anastasia Lemberg-Lvova (1992, Moscow) is a young artist and designer out of her two homes, in Estonia and Russia. She has received
training in Belgium, the Netherlands and she holds a BA in Fine Arts. Lemberg-Lvova
artistic explorations focus on personal introspections and reach potentials of social
engagement through aesthetics. Her works are in private collections in Belgium,
Estonia, France and Russia.
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 ...”
Sustainable future - Quo vadis
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.