Art against War

ArtAgainstWar

‘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?

It seems,

  • 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.

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14 Replies to “Art against War”

  1. The art work is beautiful! Could you upload some more of them! Coz I could not clearly see the close up of those works! And are there 134 Million children working in India! Another biggest problem that India could not solve!
    “When Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were able to practice Non-violence successfully, why not rest of the world?” – Loved this statement here!

    1. I am not sure if I can display closer view of this painting (I don’t have a closer view anyway). Child labour is one reason why we get things relatively cheaper in India. But then, we don’t realize the higher price we pay for that!

      Destination Infinity

  2. I dont think we can put Nelson Mandela and Gandhi in the same line.. sorry i don’t agree to it .. What Mandela did we have all seen where the country was and IS now .. but with Gandhi it is a different story .. I don’t want to go on that 🙂

    The art work and especially modern art I ma hopeless in that I cant make head or tail of them so I will not comment at all on that toooo .. But the questions asked now those are something to think about …

    I will give you a example in world war hitler/germany were accused of killing millions thousands .. But did you know the there was a time when British bombarded cities in germany and killed thousands and thousands of people living in those cities almost wiping out the entire cities almost every house building was bombarded and burnt. It was not just one city but lots of them .. But no one talks of that ..

    so war is bad but we live in a world where WAR is a reality toooo

    Bikram’s

    1. No one talks of that because the western media never reports it in any channel. But the holocaust is repeated again and again everywhere. Stalin, liquidated equal (or more) of his own people in Russia. No one reports about that either.

      Destination Infinity

  3. Those are amazing facts! And I have always wondered why isn’t there more to history than wars…
    “When Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were able to practice Non-violence successfully, why not rest of the world?” Why not? I wish we all understood this.

    Love these endeavors of artist John Devaraj! Art and culture and even sports can make friends of enemies.

    1. I guess sports played a part in restoring the relations between India and Pak. We were almost at war, at a point of time! I too think that it is an interesting initiative, just thought of encouraging it by putting it up on my blog. (The little that we can do!)

      Destination Infinity

  4. wow that was some really well complied info on war, peace & human history

    as for War profiteering yeah i had read about it. there was this novel that talked of how America was the nation that ‘benefitted’ greatly from WW One and which was one of the reasons for its meteoric economic rise

    btw,you again put me to shame. localite and yet not been to this exhibition either.didnt even know about it

    1. I guess the exhibition itself was not well advertised. Since I went to the museum on that days, I happened to see this! That info about United States benefiting from World Wars might as well be true. Need to check on it.

      Destination Infinity

  5. informative post!
    Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, speech, American Society of Newspaper Editors, 16 April 1953

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