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Video | #ArtInCoexistence

Dear Readers,

This video was a spontaneous creation after a brainstorm zoom-meeting with my friend Tammo Deusen. This is one of the first collaborations.

Video: Tammo Deusen
Actress: Lauren
Poetry: Jovannah Bär

Thank you so much for collaborating.

Find the written poem under the video 🙂

Art In Coexistence

For a while now,
I have been living in total isolation.
No ideas were shared,
No heart to heart conversation.

And I missed getting to know your point of view,
Been questioning myself,
What is the right thing to do?
And so here I am with my voice and my small thought
It feels as if we, as a society were caught,

In still life.

Tell me, what are you rooting for?
Show me, what do you see?
Let’s make all of our perspectives fit together,
Let’s tell each other what we need.
If understanding could grow inside of us,
we need to nurture the seed.

#ArtInCoexistence, art in a peaceful conversation,
It is time to say goodbye to this crippling isolation

My name is Jovannah Bär and let’s coexist! Send in your artwork through this link

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Blog Planning | What To Expect

Dear Reader,

It’s been 7 days since launching S Y M B I O S I S | A Collective Art Project For Human Rights & Climate Awareness #ArtInCoexistence.

As you might have noticed, the website has gone through several changes throughout the week. The reason for this is that I never really thought this through, I just began this project out of the blue. While working on the original idea, more ideas popped up! More about these ideas later.

Let’s talk about you!

Artist Group A | The first group of supporting artists
This week I received many reactions on my collaboration offer. Thank you so much for investing time in this idea! I have seen some amazing artworks this week and I can’t wait to introduce you to all of these wonderful artists and their perspectives.

We know we have at least one thing in common: we care about our planet and the wellbeing of the people walking it’s surface!

Later today, after updating the submissions so far, I will send out an email to all of you with further information on this project. In addition I will post a list with all the participating artists and their website/ portfolio/ socials.

Interview | Young journalists in Texas bring “Neglected Stories” to our attention
Tomorrow evening will be a special night as I will be having my first (zoom) interview. For this story I will interview a group of young journalists who recently started their own website where they talk about social injustice, climate awareness and “underrated problems” in Dallas, Texas. This interview will be up on this site somewhere this week.

Reach by June 24 jovannahwrites.wordpress.com

#ArtInProtest | One big change, one small change
While working on S Y M B I O S I S, I realised that I should not shy away from sharing the reasons why it is so hard for us to coexist at the moment.

A couple of weeks ago I saw a picture of 5.000+ people demonstrating in Amsterdam. It upset me because personally, I have had a hard time keeping up the spirits in social isolation. I had not kept up with my social media or the regular news and I wrongly assumed this was a protest against the corona rules.

Later that day I found out about what happened to George Floyd and I immediately understood why this protest was taking place. Virus or not, the fact that these terrible things are happening and are not an exception, is first priority. Disgust and disbelief were the first emotions that popped up, then came the anger, the sadness and disappointment in our social structures.

Fortunately, these emotions turned into a determination to do whatever I can to help. It is not much, but it is something.

After launching “Symbiosis” I realised that it’s very easy to just say “we need to coexist” and sketch this fairy-tale picture where we all live in peace and cover ourselves in flowers and cotton candy. This is not the full picture and I feel like I might be missing the point by not talking about  why it is so hard for us to coexist.
This is why I want to start collecting artwork in protest, but also ask people about what they feel needs to change. In segment #ArtInProtest I will collect ideas from people all over the world. I am asking for one thing you’re rooting for, and one big and one small change that needs to be made to make it happen.
The other question is what “What are you protesting against?” and likewise one big and one small change. Feel free to fill in the form on my website to share your ideas!
I might sometimes feature perspectives that are entirely opposite to mine, to begin with. Who knows? I might change my mind.

Do you have an idea of how to better coexist? Please fill in the form and let us know what we can do!

Thank you for your time. Hopefully you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

Sincerely,
Jovannah

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Collaboration Offer For Visual Artists!

Image by Jack Savage ©

S Y M B I O S I S | A Collective Art Project For Human Rights & Climate Awareness

My next project is called ” Symbiosis” (working name) and it will be about co-existing in any form. It is about our relationship with ourselves, our friends & families, our environment and other life forms. It’s about adjusting to our (new) circumstances, changing our minds every now and then, and coming to terms with our losses, wishes and needs.

During the lockdown I had a couple of thoughts on art:
– How art is uniting us
– How art is capable of moving us
– How art helps you share a perspective
– How art will always be an effective way of protesting

Paint | Draw | Compose | Dance | Write | Video Art | Photography

During the writing of this poetry book I hope to motivate artists to send in a piece of their artwork, and to give us a glimpse of their perception of the world.

Visit my new project page to learn more about Symbiosis.

The book will be published in the UK, but there’s a lot of sales in the Netherlands and the US as well. The book will be available for online purchase world wide.

I am writing for charity so I won’t be able to pay you, but your name and website will be published as well.

Last time the money went to Sussex Homeless Support which runs a street kitchen to feed everybody on the streets. In the winters they make sure people have a roof over their heads. For the next project I am still deciding on who to support. There’s so many people who need help! I was thinking of the Red Cross but I think that we might make more impact by choosing a smaller charity organisation to support. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

There’s two ways:
1. You can send me a piece you would like to have published and I’ll either match it up with something I’ve already written, or I might write something accustomed to the image.

2. You can ask me to send you a piece you can (digitally) draw/ paint / dance / compose to.

To make sure as much money as possible actually makes it to charity, the content will be printed black & white. You art will also be shown in the online exposition and various social media platform.

A contract proposal will be available online shortly, to make sure your (copy) rights are protected. ❤

I will also make sure to put up a gallery with collaborating artists and their information.

For examples of submissions find the slideshow below or visit the SYMBIOSIS | SUPPORTING ARTISTS page. These are the first submissions I have received by Jacob Simon and multi-awardwinning fine art photographer Jack Savage

I am so proud to be working with such talented artists!

Thank You!

How to submit

Hi! My name is Jovannah, let’s co-exist!

Please use the contact form to fill in your information.

Please read:

  • Don’t forget to put your name or signature on any image you send me.
    (You will be able to send them after we’ve been in contact.)
  • By sending me your artwork through the mail, you agree with me displaying them on this website and/ or sharing them on instagram. Your (user)name will always be mentioned so people know how to find your portfolio.
  • Please support me by sharing my instagram account en sharing this project with your network 🙂

#Artincoexistence
#Jovannahbar
#Symbiosisbook

Choose:
A. I want to send in some work for you to match up
B. I want you to send me a specific assignment
C. I want both!

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Small Thought | Trees don’t change position, so trees don’t fight

A while ago I read this wonderful book, “The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben. He talked about mother trees, the support systems built into the forests and most impressive of all: their symbiotic relationships with funghi.

Imagine how crowded it must be underneath the surface of the earth. I mean, from my point of view, dolphins are much luckier. Please, don’t list all the reasons why they’re not that fortunate. There’s roots everywhere, fungi, earth, all kinds of tiny (creepy) creatures, bones and sometimes a tiny little residence of a mouse.

Moving up the trunk you’ll find all kinds of beings. Ants climbing up the trunk, living their own little symbiotic lives with aphids, birds nesting on the trees giant arms, using bits of his own fallen pieces.
How do they manage to stand so still?

Still, whenever I step into the forest, I can only feel at peace. These trees seem to have gotten the hang of it. They have the gold. They are the masters of symbiosis, I have an unfathomable respect for trees.

There is hope though! Trees have existed for millions and millions of years. We are still very young from an evolutionary point of view. And let’s not forget the head start; trees don’t change position, so trees don’t fight.

Sincerely,
Jovannah

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Sussex Homeless Support

For the last two days, and tomorrow, I have been helping out at Sussex Homeless Support. They are running a streetkitchen for the homeless people of Brighton. It is one thing to write for a wonderful charity like this, but it is a totally different thing to actually meet the people you’re trying to help. I am speechless and praying for some real change to be made. Until then I am determined to contribute as much as I possibly can. Happy and healthy new year y’all.