Crimson Harvest: an exhibition of paintings by Pero Mandic, 9 - 22 June 2004

Wednesday, 09 June, 2004: Bosnian artist Pero Mandic exhibits at St James's Piccadilly, London, during Refugee Week
An exhibition of paintings by the Bosnian refugee artist Pero Mandic brings the reality of the Balkans war to London during Refugee Week this June, highlighting how conflict wrecks lives, drives people from their homes and makes them pawns in international power games.

Crimson Harvest - at St James's Church, Piccadilly, London from 9-22 June 2004 -features 20 paintings by Mandic, now a refugee in northern Serbia. He was well-known before the conflict and exhibited internationally, but lost everything when he fled his home in Sanski Most in 1995.

His large crimson canvases tell the story of life in the Balkans, of people from different ethnic groups and religions living peacefully side by side. But they also tell the story of the war in Bosnia - and vividly depict the predicament of people caught up in a conflict beyond their control. Mandic, who is without formal training, paints from the heart and his work has a particular resonance as the world faces the 'war against terror'.

"If we can make the clever stop and the wise think," he says, "then all our efforts will be justified."

The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England, Christian Aid, the Christian Arts Trust and the Serbian-based Ecumenical Humanitarian Organisation which works with marginalized groups and people displaced by the Yugoslav war. It is curated by bridging arts and the Bosnia-Herzegovina Community Association, London.

On Tuesday 15 June, there will be an evening of debate around refugee issues with a panel of speakers from 730pm-930pm.

For more information, call Susan Roberts on 020 8749 9010 or Julia Fairrie on 0785 5951 394. Alternatively, email info@bridging-arts.com

Crimson Harvest
9-22 June 2004
St James's Church
197 Piccadilly
London W1 (nearest tube, Piccadilly Circus)

Opening times:
9am-6.30pm (Mon-Sat)
1pm-4.30pm (Sundays)


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