Mir not Mur

In 2001, Vito Pace began collecting images from artists that expressed their ideas about 'Kontora Mir' (office of peace) and publishing them on the web. Started in Russia, today the site contains more than 100 images from all over the world. Now, Pace hopes to raise awareness about the Palestinian struggle for independence by linking the Kontora Mir project to Electronic Intifada, a site publishing news, commentary, analysis, and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict from a Palestinian perspective. The arts section of this site includes a review of the award-winning film 'Mur' (Wall), documenting Israel's construction of a concrete dividing wall on Palestinian land. In another creative protest against the wall, three muralists from Mexico are working with local and international artists to deface and decorate it. As it says on the site, history has shown us that building walls rarely solves conflicts. We need mir, not more mur. - Helen Varley Jamieson