A project run by Faro2027 in conjunction with the Cluj Cultural Centre (Romania) aims to draw attention to the role of art in times of crisis.
“The Role of Art in Times of Crisis” is the name of a project run by the Faro2027 team, which is in charge of Faro’s application for European Capital of Culture 2027, in partnership with the Cluj-Napoca Cultural Centre, (Romania). As of today, 28 works by artists from the Algarve and Romania, created as part of the project, will be displayed on the Faro2027.pt website. Aiming to help the community at large understand and gain a new perspective on the times in which we live, the project reveals the fundamental role of art in our society.
During the state of emergency declared as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, Faro2027 challenged artists from all over the Algarve to create pieces of art that both inform and raise awareness among the general public of the importance of following and complying with the recommendations put forward by health authorities for the common good. Each artist selected one of the three suggested themes - Together, Responsibility and Heroes, - producing a piece of art that could be presented easily online.
The main inspiration behind this project was the Artiști Împreună (Artists Together) movement started by the Cluj-Napoca Cultural Centre (Romania) and the Romanian Health Observatory, with the support of the Banca Transylvania banking institution. This inspiration led to a partnership being formed, in which work created by artists of both nationalities was shared, promoted and spread on each entity’s official communication channels. The project “The Role of Art in Times of Crisis” also aims to promote a sense of closeness and community, shining a light on concrete examples of solidarity and empathy that have been essential to getting us through this difficult time. In fact, the project was also part of the exceptional measures implemented by the Municipality of Faro to support culture when the state of emergency was declared, as a response to the difficulties experienced by the cultural and creative sector of the city and the region.