kNOwHate CAMPAIGN 2019
What is the KnowHate Art Campaign?
A coordinated effort between content creators (poets, artists, musicians and journalists) and independent partners (squats, private venues and NGOs) against hate, violence and discrimination.
Aim: Taking action against hate speech through alternative narratives.
We conducted a series of art events in Belgium (Brussels, Antwerpen, Hasselt, Genk, Leuven), Italy (Turin, Milan) and Hungary (Budapest) in 2019.
Combating hate speech and discrimination is a new challenge for us, Belgium-based artists and journalists. We live in Belgium, the heart of Europe, marked by rising hatred, intolerance and discrimination.
Brussels itself is a melting pot: around half of the EU capital’s 1.1 million residents were born outside of Belgium, the majority of them in Turkey or Africa. The city is home to more embassies — around 200 — than any other in the world.
2019 marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At the same time, racism, islamophobia and hatred between ethnic groups is progressing.
The problem is that haters are able to get away with their dangerous rhetoric without significant backlash, which shows that their ideas are in danger of becoming normalised. This is a crisis of values, and we can spend years having discussions about the law, but it is hearts that must be put back in place.
The need for public critical thinking and analysis of the situation has never been more important, considering the social and political climate, and considering the digital age. That is why it is the responsibility of the activists to promote ethical standards and human rights.
In the social and political current climate of the EU, bringing people together is essential. We were trying to show how easy it is to sit down with someone who may have opposing views to you and still find so much in common.
F**kushima Scrap Metal Installations by Bart Dewolf
Especially for the #KnowHate campaign, Bart Dewolf, the Creator Of Existential Scrap Metal Installations, has prepared the installation called “F**kushima”.
The art pieces are a reflexion on fake truth on social media and the artist’s interpretation of hate as a tool used by powers ignorant to the continuation of (human ) species, in order to gain/maintain more power and profit.
➡️ Read more and see all the drawings in the following article.
➡️ Watch Bart Dewolf speaking on his participation in KnowHate Campaign 2019.
➡️ Watch the videos of all knowhate events.
➡️ See the presentation of the campaign.