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Blood, Sweat and Tears—Assembling Past and Future takes its historical cue from the First International Congress of Women at The Hague in 1915, where early female activists debated the sociopolitical, economic, and intellectual preconditions for lasting peace in the future. The projects’ collaborative approach probes the relationship between the participating individuals and conditions at the exhibition venue Galerie im Körnerpark in Berlin, which was transformed into a place for discussing and reflecting on crises, conflict resolution and peace.Blurring the boundaries between protagonists, places, and periods of time, the project enables a new understanding of history while looking to the future of activism and nonviolent resolution. It self-consciously shifts the line between art and activism, suspending the typical separation between reality, fiction and virtual space, but also past, present and future, community and the individual. Blood, Sweat and Tears—Assembling Past and Future is an artistic search for the shared essence common to everyone who is committed to a more peaceful world.

 

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First women peace congresss 1915, Den Haag, photo: Vredesmuseum, Delft. From left to right: Florence Holbrook, Mia Boissevain, Madeleine Doty, Mw. Andrews, Rosa Manus, Aletta Jacobs, Crystal MacMillan, Vilma Glücklich, not known, Cor Ramondt-Hirschmann, Rosika Schwimmer.

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Blood, Sweat, and Tears—Assembling Past and Future, Körnerpark Gallery, Berlin, 2016