‘Art against War’ is a themed painting exhibition created by artist John Devaraj. When I went to the Art gallery of the Government Museum in Bangalore recently, he had organized a display of his above shown work titled, ‘A hundred million crucifixions’.
There is an important message that the artist wants to spread through his painting (and the exhibition) – Art can be used as a powerful medium to express one’s opposition to War and Child labour.
The art work and the exhibits, mostly containing information on the deadly destruction caused by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Nuclear explosions, did create an impact on the viewer.
The artist conveys his message powerfully through multiple questions (as found on their printed leaflet, which I bought) -
Did you know that,
- The history of mankind is the history of war?
- There are 30,000 nuclear missiles in the world today?
- Hundred and Thirty Four million children are forced into child labor in India?
- The two atom bombs that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed 3,50,000 people?
- Each nuclear bomb can cause more destruction than 2.5 Kg of Dynamite?
- In the past 5,000 years of human history, there have been only 147 years of peace?
- 40% of the land of Okinawa is occupied by the US army?
- Almost 50% of the national resources are spent on defense directly or indirectly?
- War profiteering (including all related activities) is a major business in the world?
- Picasso created Guernica as a statement against the Spanish civil war
- Paul Robeson, a civil rights singer, could stop a war with a song
- Japan, by its Kempo Kyujo Act 9 has prohibited the use of the armed forces and hence Japan has no standing army, but only defense forces
When Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were able to practice Non-violence successfully, why not rest of the world?
Powerful message, succinctly conveyed! I wish the best for all his endeavors.