Arts and Reconciliation
Art & Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community is a research project that is investigating the concept and practice of reconciliation and the potential role of arts and artistic practices in reconciliation activities. This interdisciplinary project is a major collaborative effort involving King’s College London (War Studies), the London School of Economics (Government) and the University of the Arts in London (Photography and the Archive Centre, London College of Communication). The primary geographical focus is on the Western Balkans, but comparative and historical research is also being conducted to investigate how reconciliation has been understood, conceptualised and practised in multiple contexts across time and space.
PARC members, Paul Lowe and Tiffany Fairey, will be leading the UAL / PARC strand of the research that focuses on examining the use of the arts in reconciliation initiatives and the potential of artistic practices to play a role in inter-communal conflict resolution, remembrance, forgetting and forgiving. The research involves the mapping of the contemporary field of arts and reconciliation practices, the design and delivery of a number of project commissions and the developing of evaluative tools and frameworks for arts and reconciliation. Outputs will include academic publications, a travelling exhibition and a resource for arts practitioners. The project will run until the end of 2018.
The research is funded through the Large Grant scheme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under the Conflict Theme of the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) and through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).