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The World Wall: A Vision of the Future Without Fear
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 22:57

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“The World Wall: A Vision Without Fear”  is a 240’ traveling mural installation, currently consisting of 8 panels, designed by Judith F. Baca.  Sponsored by the Social and Public Arts Resource Center, the World Wall has traveled throughout the United States to Finland, the Soviet Union, and Mexico.  The 9th panel is currently being created in Canada, to find out more about the Canadian artist Tania Godoroja, please click here.

 

“World Wall: A Vision of the Future Without Fear”
WORLD WALL EXHIBITIONS AT HOME AND ABROAD

"Explores the material and spiritual transformation of an international society seeking peace.  During the early stages of the production of this mural Baca read Jonathan Schell’s Fate of the Earth, which argues that we must imagine the eventuality of nuclear war before we can change our destiny.  She realized however, that in addition to being able to imagine nuclear destruction, we must also be able to imagine peace, particularly as an active rather than passive concept.  The eight 10’ by 30’ panels arranged in a circle that make up The World Wall attempt such imagining." - Frances K. Pohl

Tania Godoroja: Canadian Artist Selected to Create the Next World Wall Panel

"The World Wall is a message of hope, a wake up call to action for those who cherish the unbridled fury of the human spirit and the hope of all people for a future without fear.

The World Wall is art that you enter, contemplate with a quiet ferocity, are affected by, and ultimately blown back into reality with a mission on your mind.  The Wall reminds us that if we are not outraged by what is being done to us, we are not paying attention.


The World Wall is a metaphor for the human evolution in seeing and acting that is required to transcend linear thinking and head off the downward spiral into cultural collapse.  Like our future, the World Wall is not possible without a deep collaboration between worldviews.  The Wall itself is a contradiction—how do we maintain individual artistic expression while blending the creative input of several artists so that the result is a harmonious whole?  The World Wall embraces this dilemma; the balancing of spirits, the melding of artistic expression.  It is a reconciliation of fears between many factions usually opposed, now collaborating.  It is not complete as a work of art without its separate components in place, each piece linked and interdependent upon the rest.  But once complete, it trumps the whole because the Wall is synergistic—that is, the whole transcends the sum of the parts like a symphony rising out of the efforts of individual instruments.
 


The formal nature of the world’s dilemma is the danger of a linear mode of thought as a guide to action in systems which are inherently circular.  The circular installation is a break with linear thinking, with the two dimensional expression of painted canvasses.  The World Wall pushes us away from the linear structure of single purposeful action into the circularity we see in organic and social systems which blur the distinction between cause and effect.  It is not meditative, it is transformative.  It suggests to us that our simple linear notions of causality, which lead us to think of actors, the objects upon which they act, and the transformation of these, be replaced by a circular notion of cause and effect.  -Tania Godoroja: Canadian Artist Selected to Create the Next World Wall Panel. To find out more about Tania Godoroja and the 9th panel, please click here.

 

The World Wall:

Traveling the World in Panels

To date four panels, "Triumph of the Heart", "Nonviolent Resistance", "Balance", and "Triumph of the Hands" have been completed by artist Judith F. Baca. An additional four panels were created by international artists: "Dialogue of Alternatives" by Finnish artists Juha Saaski, Sirkka-Liisa Lonka and Aaro Matinlauri and "The End of the Twentieth Century" by Soviet artist Alexi Begov were added in the summer of 1990;  the Israeli-Palestinian Panel, "Inheritance Compromise", by artists Ahmed Bweerat, Suliman Monsour and Adi Yekutieli were added in the spring of 1998; and the Mexican panel, “Tlazolteotl: Fuerza Creadora de lo No Tejido (Creative Force of the Un-Woven)” was created by artists Martha Ramirez Oropeza and Patricia Quijano Ferrer in 1999. All of the panels are 10ft by 30ft wide. Each beautiful panel and a description of its content is featured below:

 

 

"Balance" by Judy Baca

Balance, the central panel, builds on native American concepts, the Hopi prophecies, and the eastern in yang. A harmonious balance has been reached and man becomes one organism in the world holding respect for other life forms.

 

"Nonviolent Resistance" by Judy Baca

Nonviolent Resistance presents the notion of using nonviolent means to create a societal transformation, to parallel the systems of the mainstream and create a psychic and political structure of transformation. The individual joins with others and forms a community of consciousness.

 

"Triumph of the Hearts" by Judy Baca

Triumph of the Hearts  depicts the beginning of any movement of a society towards peace: the individual taking action.

 

"Triumph of the Hands" by Judy Baca

Triumph of the Hands demonstrates the application of human energy towards human ends, the change in human labor potential for non-peaceful production to working with others in the production of more positive products that meet human needs.

 


"Dialogue of Alternatives" by Juha Saaski, Sirkka-Liisa Lonka, Aaro Matinlaur, Finland, 1990

Dialogue of Alternatives uses universal symbols to overcome language barriers to create a codified message of alternatives and transition to hope. It is a belief that fellow artists will play an important role in the invention of a new language of the heart that will help shape a better future.

 

"The End of the Twentieth Century" by Alexi Begov, Soviet Union, 1990 

The End of the Twentieth Century portrays the transition from the crucifixion of the idea of revolution to the citizens prayerfully pleading for better life, happiness, more  certainty  in the future, peace, charity and compassion as they look to the sky in the twentieth century. Asked to portray a "Vision of the Future Without Fear," Soviet artist Alexi Begov's gripping work portrays a cautious  light  amidst  the darkness. Hope is personified in the form of a young child who, while  making the sign of the cross, looks anxiously toward the future. 'My idea of the revolution is a crucified man and three Soviets crane their necks to look skyward while a blind man gropes toward a glimmer of light with his cane.

 

"Inheritance Compromise" by Ahmed Bweerat, Suliman Monsour and Adi Yekutieli, The Israeli-Palestinian Panel, 1998

Compromise:  To listen, to speak, and to respect the desires of the other.  Without fear of the difference of race, gender, and religion.  Fifty years of armed struggle, no winners, no losers.  Fifty years, marking the point of a new beginning is not worth one teardrop of a wounded child.  No one raises a sword to kill a friend.  We raise pen, pencils, and brushes instead and with colors design a common creation. The Inheritance : Acknowledgement, understanding, accepting the differences, having the courage to mutually explain them is what we as artists represent.  Pain, suspicion, and suffering which we have lived and are still living is our children’s inheritance.  Let them succeed in turning it into a new reality.
Monterrey Bay, California1998

 

"Tlazolteotl: Fuerza Creadora  de lo No Tejido" (Creative Force of the Un-Woven) by Martha Ramirez Oropeza and Patricia Quijano Ferrer, Mexico 1999

Excerpt from artists’ statement: “Gestating within us, the promise of a future reborn. Captured in the net of our intertwined arts, captured in the net, the creative force of the un-woven.  Our heart has a will of its own, the same hummingbird empowering our ancestors’ vision.  We rebuild the forgotten roads and find a common origin.  We destroy the fields of death in a ceremonial offering to our mothers and fathers.  My true duality, the First Mother, forever present in the laughter that cures and tests us-- We swear that we shall never again be subjected by the decrees of the heartless!

 

EXHIBITION HISTORY:

June 19 - 23, 1990, “A Meeting of the Worlds Festival”  Joensuu, Finland
WORLD WALL premiered at "The Meeting of the Worlds Festival" which took place during the "white midsummer nights" in the city of Joensuu, Finland. This international festival encompassed all the arts and brought together artists and performers for a better future who promoted friendship and understanding between people, beyond political and cultural borders. The organizers behind the festival were PAND International (Performers and Artists for Nuclear Disarmament) and the annual organization of the Joensuu. Song Festival. The proceeds of the festival were donated to the UNICEF.
 
 
July 14 – 22, 1990, Installation at Gorky Park, Moscow, USSR

WORLD WALL traveled to Moscow, USSR where it was exhibited in the famed Gorky Park. The Charity Fund "World and Man" acted as sponsors to Judith Baca and the World Wall while in the Soviet Union.


April 6 - 7, 1991, Plaza De La Raza, Lincoln Park, Los Angeles, California
WORLD WALL had its long awaited Los Angeles premiere exhibition held at Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Park. This event was sponsored by Social and Public Art Resource Center in conjunction with Anheuser-Busch, Moya Villanueva & Durazo, La Opinion and Plaza de la Raza.

July 27 – September 4, 1991, Smithsonian Institution’s Experimental Gallery, Washington D.C.
WORLD WALL exhibited in its first interior installation at the Smithsonian Institution's Experimental Gallery, in Washington, DC.  This show encompassed a magnificent installation design for over 126 photos, three video tape installations dozens of drawings, and a comprehensive view of the relationship between this traveling installation mural, the Great Wall of Los Angeles, and SPARC's 36 Neighborhood Pride murals.


April 25 - May 8, 1992, Earth Day, Santa Barbara Arts Commission, Santa Barbara, California
WORLD WALL exhibited at the Sunken Gardens of the Santa Barbara Courthouse, as part of the national celebration of Earth Day in Santa Barbara, California. This installation was sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. As a follow-up to the World Wall exhibition, SPARC arranged an all-day THINK TANK involving numerous community leaders. The purpose of the day was to "brainstorm" and summon up visual imagery appropriate to the next World Wall panel, “Human Based Technology”.

February 2- April 12, 1992, Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tempe, Arizona
“JFB: Sites and Insights 1974-1992, 20-year Retrospective”
A twenty-year retrospective at Arizona State University Art Museum.


March 7- April 4, 1993, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, California
“JFB: Sites and Insights 1970-1992, 20-year Retrospective”

 
February 1994, Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, California
“A World Without Borders: The Work of Judith F. Baca, 20-year Retrospective”


September 1995, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
“Excerpts from Judith F. Baca: Sights and Insights, 1974-1992”
One Woman Show


November 1997, Cerritos Community College Art Gallery, Norwalk, California

Chicano/a Artists Group Exhibition

April 9, 1998, World Wall Dedication, California State University, Monterey Bay, California
Commemorating the newly dedicated panel from Israeli and Palestinian artists,
“Compromise Inheritance.”
 
 
June 1998, National Association of Chicano/a Studies, Mexico City, Mexico
“The World Wall: A Vision of The Future without Fear”


October 1998, William King Regional Art Center, Abingdon, Virginia
“The World Wall: A Vision of The Future without Fear”


2001, World Wall is installed at the Spruce Goose Hangar, Playa del Rey, California
(repairs and conservation)


June 26-Sept 30,2004, Latino Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas
“The World Wall: A Vision of the Future Without Fear”


June 26-Aug 28,2004, Ice House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas
“The World Wall: A Vision of the Future Without Fear”
 

October 6 – October 28, 2006, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Premieres in Mexico at the Sixth Annual Mexico City Book Fair.
“Muro del Mundo: Una Vision del Futuro Sin Temor”