New York artists and gallery owners react to the crisis in Ukraine
What prevails most in the arts is the role of art as a container of memory. Memory is not passive and essential to the action of a people. Art has not been and is not passive in this struggle. What was intimately felt at Fragment Gallery was a renewed willingness of cultural producers to use their platforms to critique and strategize against Russia’s authoritarian regime. That essentially, if art is the container of cultural memory, it is also what ensures the future of a people and its community. These tangible results of community gathering precisely demonstrate the role of art – particularly abroad, in times of conflict and in community space – to literally bring people together and create space for grievances, healing and support.