Post Bellum is one of the leading Czech and European BGOs in the field of preserving the remembrance of our mostly Central and East European nations, especially the history of the recent repressive 20th century. We have collected more than 3,500 witnesses including soldiers, war veterans, political prisoners, holocaust survivors, people from local resistance movements, dissent representatives and also active representatives of the past repressive authorities. We confront their memories with archival documents and use them for presenting their legacy to the wider public, especially to young people. Based on the stories of the witnesses, we create educational workshops for both young and adult people, where they can “walk in the shoes” of the witnesses of our past. We make deeply impressive exhibitions based on these memories and annually award the still “invisible” heroes of our history (live TV, weekly radio broadcasts).
Post Bellum SK is an NGO (* 2008) which seeks and documents the memories of key 20th century moments of our past. We record the stories of witnesses and share them with the public. We believe that the unique stories of individuals are the best way of getting to know our history in its broadest context and impact our lives, just as the lives of our predecessors. We are interested in different perspectives of studying history. Each story provides testimony about certain dilemmas of our parents or grandparents who had to face the tragedies of the former century. Witnessing their stories forces us to ask ourselves: how would we have behaved in their situation? The witnesses who remember key 20th century moments quickly pass away, and thus we find it important to preserve their testimonies for us, for our children and their children, who will no longer be able to meet them personally. So, like our Czech mother branch Post Bellum, we actively involve pupils and students, award heroes or seemingly ordinary people and cooperate with foreign partners.
World Wide Words is an international, multi-arts platform for artistic activities with clear social and cultural perspectives. We have done several projects in Denmark and abroad, such as “Karavan” (KuKaVo – Kultural Karavan), while the Kärävan from WoWiWo are on their way to Roskilde. Seven artists will meet up with local citizens to seek out the best hidden local stories to be retold via graffiti, music, film, spoken or written word and digital media. Via a series of co-creative workshops, we will provide local residents with a Story-Performance about the local area through the eyes of young people. “Fjordvilla and the Crime of Silence” is a new performance piece, based on Bertrand Russell´s War Crimes Tribunal story held in Roskilde in 1967 and is to be shared with an audience in autumn of 2017. We use archival materials and interviews with local people who participated on the tribunal to develop and write a script for this unique re-enactment and artistic modulation of those events.
The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes was established in 2008 based on an Act of the Czech Republic. Its mission is to study and document the time of the Nazi regime and the time of the Communist regime, to secure the documents related to those periods and make them accessible to the public. Within our activities, we aim to provide the public with the results of these historical periods by publishing and disseminating publications, organizing exhibitions, seminars, professional conferences and by cooperating with scientific, cultural, educational and other institutions at home and abroad. The Institute´s Department of Research and Education consists of two sections specializing in historical research of the Nazi and the Communist regimes in the former Czechoslovakia, including collecting and preserving memories of contemporary witnesses, and the section of education which conducts projects in the fields of both formal and non-formal education.
The Foundation was established in 2012 in Warsaw to support the development and promotion of Polish audiovisual works, including film and audio art, performing arts, music, literature, exhibitions, multimedia and networking use. The organization´s mission is also to support the development of an open society and to promote the idea of social dialogue, the idea of freedom of expression and the maintenance of free and independent means of artistic expression, including the development of the Internet as an artistic tool.
Pro Libris is a public-benefit foundation whose main objective is the promotion of the art of books in all its aspects, the development of human capabilities to create and improve ideas, concepts and creative models, and the provision of support for cultural and creative exchanges among people around the world. Our participation in projects and events aims to enhance creativity and creative thinking as well as the integration of creative activities in various spheres of social practice. In order to achieve these objectives, the foundation offers technical and advisory assistance, mediation to obtain funding for projects falling within the scope of our organization´s objectives, and the exchange of information and knowledge. The Chairman of the Foundation is Alexander Gyoshev, Doctor of Art History and Fine Arts. He is a teaching professor of graphic design and illustration at AMDFA – Plovdiv. The board member of the Foundation is D. Kelbechev who works in the field of printmaking, graphic design, illustration and N-forms.
The members of the Committee (NEB) and the historical and legal researchers contributing to their work are led by a dual purpose. We are committed to 1) contributing to the tribute to the memory of the victims of the communist dictatorship and preserving their memories in dignity, and 2) exploring the losses our society has suffered and demonstrating both the individual and collective traumas that have affected us throughout the generations. We are in search of an answer to the question: How were the formalized and the hidden mechanisms of the party-state dictatorship operated in daily practice? NEB promotes the history of Europe after WWII and fosters a sense of ownership for how the Soviet Union has developed. We accent the contrast of the evolving dictatorship of the Communist party and its crimes against the democratic system of Europe and make the citizens aware of the opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at the EU level.
In the course of the Peaceful Revolution in December 1989, demonstrators occupied the regional office in Dresden in order to protest peacefully against the Socialist party. They also wanted to stop the destruction of documents. During that time a committee of citizens controlled the area of today’s memorial. All records of the regional office and the district offices were taken to the cells in order to secure them against further destruction and unauthorized access. In 1990 all records were given to the respective authority which was partly based on the site until 1993. A preservation order was put on the former remand prison in 1994. It was opened to the public in the same year. Three years later, the association “Erkenntnis durch Erinnerung e.V.” (Knowledge through Remembrance) was founded. The association ensured the preservation of the main building and developed the Memorial. Nowadays, the association organises guided tours, exhibitions, various events and school projects.
Medo Art & Mondial Research e.U. (MAMR) is an art and research organization focused on contemporary Asian art and culture. We organise art exhibitions, thematic forums, research projects, and residency programs. Our focus is on contemporary Asia-specific social realities and local contexts. Medo is an alternative art space and academic research institution run cooperatively by artists, curators, researchers and other cross-disciplinary professionals. MAMR is located in the heart of Vienna’s cultural and artistic district, boasting both an exhibition space and artist’s residence. MAMR is committed to the development and maintenance of collaborative networks between art spaces and research institutions, both to discuss ongoing issues in contemporary art and culture and to promote dialogue between Europe and Asia through cooperation on residential projects, exhibitions and joint research.