Neighborhood is when you are separated by a wall, a fence, or a border. Neighborliness is also what binds people together. And good neighborliness is when we take responsibility for each other in times of trouble and are able to work together to cross the borders between us.
This is what Drukomat Printing House, illustrator Patryk Hardziej, and Magda Rejman were aiming for when starting their joint project NEIGHBOURSART. The initiative was created to build peace, cohesion, and European unity in the face of unexpected and devastating Russian attacks. The project involved more than 100 independent artists from nearby countries such as Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia, Moldova, Romania, and Belarus. Their goal was to express solidarity with Ukraine through their art and to show the whole world what it means to stand together. The artists filled an entire album with unique illustrations and posters. The edition is available for pre-order and purchase in a limited collector’s edition as well as a standard one. All of the publications are in English, and the project leaders are seeking to distribute them mainly in Europe. All proceeds from sales will go to help refugees. In addition to the album, most of the works are also available as posters, which can also be purchased to support Ukraine.
NEIGHBOURSART focuses on openly opposing war and uses art to provide financial support to those who have been forced to flee their homes and homeland to escape the attacks. According to UN figures, more than nine million people have fled Ukraine since February because of the war, and the number is still increasing.
Albums and posters are now available for purchase on NEIGHBOURSART’s online platform.
Source: Label magazine