Ukrainian Pavilion in Venice Biennale, in the Throes of Russia’s War Against Civilization

The Ukranian Pavilion will hold an exhibit in the coming Venice Biennale this April, a plan officials of the most prestigious exhibition hope will push through. The Ukrainian team is set to present a contemporary version of Pablo Makov’s 1995 “The Fountain of Exhaustion” with water coming out of 78 bronze funnels.However, Ukrainian artist Pavlo Makov, reported that they had to stop the preparations they started in February.

As it is, Ukrainian cities have been bombed and destroyed, while all able bodied Ukranian citizen are doing what they can to help in the fight against Putin’s invasion, Russia’s continuing annihilation of Ukraine include not only the destruction of major cities but also of residential areas, which resulted in the death of many civilians. As all flights to and from Ukraine have been grounded, Makov and his team of curators cannot fly to Italy to continue working on the pavilion.
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The Venice Biennial officials said they will try to make arrangements to transport the installation and Makov’s team to Vienna. Yet it’s apparently no longer possible as Russia’s devastating assault on Uktaine and its citizens has already escalated, forcing millions of Ukrainians to evacuate in neighboring countries.

Makov Has No Plan of Leaving Ukraine

The situation in Ukraine today is that everyone, even ballet dancers have voluntarily taken up arms, or joined volunteer groups where they could take part in their country’s fight for freedom.

In an interview with Art Net last Febriary 24, the 63-year old visual artist said he has no plans of running and leaving Kharkiv, the second largest city that in the recent days had received heavy shelling and bombing from the advancing Russian forces.

He said that while many in Europe initially thought that what’s happening in Ukraine is a small conflict, it is now apparent that it’s a war against civilization. A war that began in 2014 when Russia invaded Crimea. He added that the Russians will not stop but neither will Ukranians.

Mexico Relentlessly Exerting Effort to Reclaim and Restore Its National Treasures

Mexico continues to exert efforts in restituting many of the pre-Columbian treasures taken by colonizers, which up to now are being sold in auction houses. Mexico’s government officials recently put a stop to the auction two pre-Columbian artifacts in Paris.

In order to appreciate the restitution actions steps being carried out by Mexico, understand that pre-Columbian objects particularly artifacts that originated during the mesoamerican era before the arrival of Genoese explorer Christoper Columbus.

Recent Auction Sale of Pre-Columbian Artifacts Halted by the Mexican Government

The most recent auction sale halted by the Mexican government was in November 02 at the Artculiar in Paris, which a collection of pre-Columbian objects along with some Islamic artifacts were put up for bidding.
Another auction was set to take place at Christie’s on November 10, is for a private collection of Taino and pre-Columbian treasures has been stopped.

The Mexican Embassy in France released a statement that conveyed their great concern about the legitimacy of the auction sales. Mexican officials emphasized in the letter that permitting the commercialization of archaeological pieces is tantamount to endorsing a transnational crime. Many engage in illegal excavations to dig out cultural property, which instead of being surrendered to the Mexican government are being smuggled out of the country to be sold to the highest bidder.

Mexico Calls on German Government to Put an End to the Auction Sale of Smuggled Mexican Treasures

Last September 20, the Mexican government stopped a German auction house from selling 36 of Mexico’s listed artifacts including an Olmec mask and figurine. According to El Universal, there were actually a total of 67 listed original Mexican pieces listed in the auction house’s sales catalogue. Diplomats across seven Latin American countries assembled to hold a joint press conference to call the attention of the German government to put an end to the auction of looted or smuggled treasures.

The Mexican government, through the Mexican Secretary of Culture Alejandra Fraustro , sent a letter directly to a Munich-based dealer named Gerhard Hirsch Nachfolger. The letter specifically stated that archaeological objects are considered as “national patrimony” of which ownership belongs to the Mexican people through the the Instituto Nacional de Arqueologia e Historia.

Understanding Britain’s Creative Economy In Arts And Culture

Originally, the term creative economy originated from “Creative Britain”, the political slogan of the British Labor Party. One of the policy agendas of the Labor Party government in 1997, the British government at that time created a government agency such as the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to foster the ‘Creative Industry’ in earnest. Terminology. The Blair regime continued to develop Thatcher’s neoliberal policy and continue to develop high-tech, high value-added industries rather than labor-intensive manufacturing industries.

London’s Creative Industries

British government’s creative economy policy

The UK’s Department of Culture and Media (DCMS, Dept for Culture, Media and Sports) uses the creative culture industry as’ individual creative talent and technology to create intellectual property rights, based on which it creates value and employment and economic growth. It is defined as the ‘towing industry’.

The ‘Creative Culture Industry Classification Report’ prepared by DCMS sets the domain of the creative industry as covering the entire cultural industry, and specifically, films, music, performances, advertisements, architecture, art, leisure, publishing, broadcasting, radio, etc. It is expanding to the field of.

Global Mecca For The Creative Culture

Thanks to the policies of the British government, the UK has emerged as a global mecca for the creative culture and content industry. In particular, the export volume of movies and popular music has grown to be the second-largest in the world after the United States, and the Premier League has become the world’s best professional soccer league and has gained the competitiveness of the sports industry.

In the field of design, animation, and games, it has first-class competitiveness. Among them, the Harry Potter series has caught the attention of people around the world in the publishing and movie markets, and has established itself as a symbol of ‘Creative Britain’. The British creative industry showed an average annual growth rate of 6.9% over the period of the Blair regime’s power in 1997-2006, which is more than twice the average annual economic growth rate in the U.K.

Moving to London is a great opportunity to witness what the U.K. has to offer in terms of arts and culture. We are all familiar with Harry Potter but there is more to it than movies. Take the opportunity to view great visual arts content in the film and video sectors, the performing arts, and the music sector.

Will the Culturally Historic Binna Burra Lodge Rise Again?

The catastrophic Australian fire that is currently engulfing swathes of regions around the country had started out in September 2019. as a bushfire that decimated the culturally historic Binna Burra Lodge. The fire was swift, barely giving time to evacuate about a hundred guests staying at the heritage-listed lodge at the time the fire started.

Binna Burra Lodge Chairman, Steve Noakes said the experience of seeing the damage the bushfire made to the complex was fairly traumatic.The devastation was extensive and far worse than what Mr. Noakes had imagined. It practically took his breath away when he first saw the extent of the damage. Mr Noakes reported

“The places where people had gathered through generations, the dining area, the library, the lounge, and even parts of the newly built Skylodge buildings, are gone.”

 

Binna Burra Lodge a Significant Part of Australian Heritage

Since Binna Burra opened in 1933, the environmental lodge had provided temporary home to hundreds of thousands of ordinary people coming from different parts of the world, when they set to explore and experience the grandeur of the world-heritage rainforest site known as Lamington National Park.

Started 86 years ago by prominent Australian conservationist, journalist, photographer and adventurer Arthur Groom with fellow conservationist and national parks advocate and engineer Romeo Lahey, Binna Burra never took on the air of plush and luxury.

The quaint wood-slab cabins, and the reception lounge with its big fireplace were all built with ordinary folks in mind. Binna Burra gave access to the national forest with only one road in coming from the Gold Coast; from the ridge of Beechmont to a final climb through a single-lane through the eucalyptus forest going to the edge of the rainforest.

Spanning 86 years, the Binna Burra Lodge had served as a beacon to bushwalkers, camping out school children and tired business executives looking for moments of quiet respite.

Binna Burra is gone and its future remains uncertain at the moment, because restoring the site to its original condition has to take a lot of things into consideration. Mr. Noakes acknowledges that there are now different dynamics affecting the way land is managed today, when compared to how it was 86 years ago.

Professor Catherine Pickering from the Griffith University – School of Environment and Science at Griffith University, said that if rebuilding of the complex is to be tackled, the structures must be designed in a way that factor in changes in climate conditions. As it is, changing patterns of dryness and rainfalls have been expanding, which is also driving changes in the way humans must interact with the land and its ecosystems.

Still, the Binna Burra website carries on with hope for the rapid rebuilding and rehabilitation of Binna Burra Lodge with the help of the taskforce created by the Queensland State Government.

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