Between Indifference and Pacifism
- An elaborate and inspiring dialogue, reflecting on the war in Ukraine and our idea of pacifism
- Provides perspective on finding peace with our own mixed feelings
- Consists of ten sections, alternating between Tryanova and Gielen, and one written by the two of them collectively
Authors: Alexandra Tryanova, Pascal Gielen
Visuals: Polina Frank
Design: Lotte Lara Schröder
May 2023, Valiz supported by Support Fund for Ukrainian Artists NL | pb | 64 pp. | 16,7 x 11,5 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-94-93246-22-5
Alexandra Tryanova is an independent Ukranian curator, currently active within Belgium and the Netherlands.
Pascal Gielen is a cultural sociologist affiliated with the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA) of the University of Antwerp.
Polina Frank is a Ukrainian artist and tattoo artist.
With the outbreak of the war in Ukraine in January 2022, our idea of pacifism was challenged. Should Europe pick up arms or not? And can it solely ease its conscience through providing humanitarian aid? Also: to what extent are economic motives the driving force behind Europe’s attitude?
Without providing an unambiguous response to these questions, Ukrainian curator Alexandra Tryanova and Belgian cultural sociologist Pascal Gielen engage in a dialogue. In Passivity, they do not only write about the current political situation, but they are also looking at themselves, their own fears and privileges. What is passivity in our daily doings? When does passivity turn into resignation or indifference? How do media and culture contribute to that attitude? Passivity searches for ways to find peace with our own mixed feelings.