We are happy to present the online version of the Book “ART Bridges Europe”, which is collection of the blog posts and pictures created during the trip.
The idea of organizing the project was born at the Nantes Creative Generations forum in 2013. two teams from Georgia presented their projects at the forum, among other participants from Europe. Workshops organized in frames of the forum were focusing on the development of new project ideas. This is where the first idea to combine the topic about conflicts and using art, as forum theater and photography was born. The main word, on which project has been built was walls : How people create and built visible, as well as invisible walls between each other, and how this walls foster development of conflicts on different levels. Luckily, Jean-Félix and Jérémie of the association Kouakilariv’ from Nantes decided to join the project idea, helping its development even more : Instead of organizing local photo workshops, the French side brought the idea to organize a photo tour around Europe, and explore regions, people, communities on the way from Nantes to Tbilisi. As Nantes and Tbilisi, together with Saarbrucken are twin cities, the idea was even more widened, and Augenblick e.V joined the project as well. The final project idea has been submitted to NCG award and luckily won the third price. As the project idea was developing, more partners and supporters joined the team, therefore it became realistic to implement the project, which already starts the next days. The idea connected many people from many different places from Nantes to Saarbrucken and Tbilisi.
About the project:
Project Topic: Borders, identities and conflicts existing in the European communities. The project involves 6 photographers from Tbilisi (Georgia), Saarbrücken (Germany) and Nantes (France). In frames of the project a car trip is planned to start in Nantes and go through countries of Europe (see the map above). During the trip the project organizers will meet local organizations, communities and open discussion about the topics of the project. Video projections and exhibitions are planned in all three cities involved in the activity. The photo trip will start in July and will end in the middle of September. Video projections are planned in the beginning of September, the exhibitions will start in October in Nantes and Tbilisi (Saarbrücken in 2015) and will offer to the public to get involved in the discussion about the conflicts, identities and barriers in Europe.
Goals and objectives:
- Raise awareness about different kinds of former and existing conflicts in our communities
- Get to know more about the cultural characteristics of the participants
- Open the discussion in post-conflict areas about the topic: what are the gaps?
- Reflect on cultural differences and social values existing in different countries and to highlight them in photos taken during the road trip
- Build art bridges through photography and video