Backyard wars

Foundation Ładne Historie, Świdnica 16 Nov - 12 Dec 2019
„Wojny podwórkowe” (“Backyard wars”) is a project for children and young people, which consists of a series of workshops and an exhibition summarizing all of the activities. We invited a group of creative and experienced people – artists, animators and educators – who offer young participants a creative approach to the subject of conflict. Using various ways of expression – including movement, typography, installation and sound – we jointly look for ways to talk about what teenage conflicts are, what they result from and how to defuse these tensions.

Childhood is undoubtedly the most intense time in terms of establishing new friendships and contacts, but on the other hand it is a period filled with wars of varying intensity. It is then that we test the first ways of dealing with conflict situations, it is from these experiences that social bonds and further relations are formed. While realizing the project, we aim at building valuable peer relations and integrating children through joint artistic activity.

The energy released by conflict, redirected in another direction, can become a creative force! Conflict, clash, quarrel or a short misunderstanding can bring the potential for change, and all of the differences, contradictions and inconsistencies can become a reason for experiencing something else, something new. The project takes place in peaceful conditions, in which participants learn how to cope with difficult situations, become sensitive to the needs, emotions and opinions of others, practice effective communication, gain confidence in themselves and their abilities.

More information on the project can be found on the Foundation’s website.