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21 - 30/06/2019

    Konrad Piskała, Mamadou Diouf, Iwona Kurz

    The ways in which violence and suffering are depicted vary, depending on who is depicted. Doesn't Africa exist in Western consciousness mainly through images of victims of ethnic conflicts, hunger or AIDS? Is it possible to counteract violence and suffering by putting them on display, or is this a mere continuation of a colonial approach to exotic exhibits? What kind of images and representations of war do we refer to in the Polish collective memory, and what about other nations?

    FORUM 2019: A culture of war in a time of peace

    The Forum for discussions in Wolności Square is where we broadly talk about the main festival theme. This year, our focus is on the relationship between war and peace. Statistics show that we are living in the safest and least brutal period in history, but despite this, war is not an abstract or unreal concept at all. What form does war take in this most peaceful of ages? How do we define this state of war/peace? What will future wars be like?

    We invite you to meet writers, philosophers, political scientists and people who have participated in and witnessed contemporary warfare.

    The discussions are accompanied by staged readings of excerpts from a selection of books.