Generating TrustMulticulturalism and interethnic co-existence are the two pillars of Generating Trust, a network of art projects designed to raise awareness among European citizens about the benefits of peaceful coexistence. The European Academy of Bozen-Bolzano (EURAC) is one of the principal nodes of this network of culture, ideas and exhibitions, which include artists from four countries: Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Italy.
Funded by the European Union's Cultural Program, the project Generating trust by means of culture in a multi-ethnic environment is produced by the Foundation Nadácia Palisady Védcölöp of Bratislava, in cooperation with A38 in Budapest and the Tranzit Foundation of Cluj, Romania. EURAC’s participation is two-fold: as a scientific consultant through the Institute for Minority Rights, and as a cultural partner via the project “Journeys Between Art and Science” of the EURAC Tower.
The idea for the project was born out of the conflictual relationship between Slovak-Hungarian ethnic minorities, which saw increasing ethnic and political conflicts between the two countries during the period 2007-2010. Art and culture has played an important role in the mediation process between these communities by creating a common meeting ground detached from political issues.
South Tyrol, too, has a complex ethnic and cultural reality: the local community consists of three language groups who live alongside an ever-growing community of immigrants. Thus it is a multicultural society comparable to other regions where ethnic conflicts have occurred.
The first art project to travel down the road of “Generating Trust”, originated in the tower of the European Academy. "Let's Get Married" is a photographic exhibition of South Tyrol’s Brigitte Niedermair. The exhibition will be inaugurated on August 9, 2011 at A38.
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