I was able to secure funding from Stroom Den Haag (The Netherlands) this month, to help support the online project Solidarity Sky. Created in collaboration with Dutch artist Anne Fehres, this is a virtual community driven artwork with the aim of bringing people together through sharing personal images of the sky. On the website, users are invited to become the artist in this project, contributing their own ‘piece of sky’ that will join a larger ‘virtual sky’ made up of thousands of images from across the world.
This project is inspired by Anne Frank who, while in hiding from prosecution at the age of 13, wrote in her diary: I looked out of the open window...over all the roofs and on to the horizon, which was such a pale blue that it was hard to see the dividing line. "As long as this exists" I thought, "and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts, I cannot be unhappy"
What she captures in this quote is the power of the sky, despite circumstances, to hold our hopes, dreams and desires. Solidarity Sky aims to build on this sentiment. It intends to encourage creative participation, unite people across real and imagined borders and foster hope through shared visions of something we all hold common – the sky above our heads