In recent years, the culture and art sector has been subjected to restriction of artistic freedom and politicized to an unprecedented degree. Artists are attacked for their work and promoting diversity or minority rights. Independent institutions do not receive state funding for activities when they are not aligned with the party line (for example Festiwal Malta), while state cultural centers, which to date were open and inclusive, have been drastically reorganized, with a change of management (for example the Centre for Contemporary Art- Ujazdowski Castle, Museum of the Second World War). These actions are part of the government’s broader political and media campaign to smear minorities and promulgate radical right-wing views.
Under the project, the Project Promoter will produce and disseminate a publication on the problem of the language of hate in public discourse, and on reacting to such language. Content produced with contributions from artists will be presented – in addition to text – in the form of short interviews, comics, in graphic form, and as memes. The publication will be accompanied by five thematic workshops for approximately 100 people. Working with antifascist movements, the Project Promoter will also conduct a public artistic and activist campaign centered on celebration of Independence Day. The campaign is intended to promote anti-fascist and anti-violence attitudes as alternative ways of expressing patriotism. Artists will prepare statements on the concept of patriotism in the form of artistic works which will be put on public display.
The publication and workshops are intended for educators, people working at cultural institutions, and artists. These persons will develop their skills in making their voice heard in public debate, taking action on community issues, and reacting, through their art, to fascism and violence. The project will also help to integrate various artistic and anti-fascist communities.