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Art that expresses need for peace: conversation with UICA curator Alexander Paschka, artist Ladislov Hanka

The UICA’s Alexander Paschka and artist Ladislov Hanka talk about bees and sharks, "Gun Country" and "There's Something Happening Here," belief and hope.
"Gun Country" by Michael Murphy at UICA

"Gun Country" by Michael Murphy at UICA /Leila Wexe

Underwriting support from:
Alexander Paschka

Alexander Paschka /Leila Wexe

Something Happening Here

Something Happening Here /Leila Wexe

Alexander Paschka, curator/artist, and Ladislov Hanka, artist/beekeeper, are smiling.

On the rooftop terrace of the UICA they are relaxing at a table before the doors open, sitting among shadows of protectors/oppressors and mutually targeted firearms hung together in an outline of the United States.

In the background, artist Joe Simon hammers and grinds his robotic pony into life.

“Every one of us has a deeper pivot within us upon which we base our beliefs," says Hanka. "We change our beliefs, but we don't change us.”  They have been talking for about 30 minutes and have reached the end of a long story. It seems like one of those rare instants spoken about in Sunday’s talks for the UN International Day of Peace, an instant awaited for decades, never to return. Simon’s sturdy little pony gambols around in its corral.

Below, in the coolness of the architecture, groups of ArtPrize visitors begin to stream through the door. 

"My hope," says Paschka, "is that awareness becomes popular."


Listen to the full conversation here.

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