In Place of War Project

In 2000, when working in Sri Lanka, James Thompson, a Professor of Applied and Social Theatre at the Department of Drama at the University of Manchester, had the idea of what became the project In Place of War. Interviewing for The Guardian last week, Thompson said he thought that “if there were artists in Sri Lanka being shelled who continued to make art, there would be artists in war zones all over the world who could help people answer the question – how might artists respond to terrible events?”. This became the premise of In Place of War Project: “to seek out and then to document such work.” From politicised hip hop, to theatre projects, from graffiti to comic illustrations, In Place of War project’s goal is to save what otherwise would be lost due to war. Recently, Thompson decided to launch the project in Egypt, to collect the works of artists and understand the role they played in the Arab Spring. Check out their website  and you will be amazed by the numerous countries they have reached!

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