Artwork of the Week 38

38 1FROM WAR TO PEACE BY BIERAO CARLOS
 The artwork, From War to Peace, mirrors a transition from a period of war to a time of peace. This is clearly shown by the mixture of bright colours like yellow which represent peace, love and warmth and darker colours that represent hardship.

38 1FROM WAR TO PEACE BY BIERAO CARLOS
 The artwork, From War to Peace, mirrors a transition from a period of war to a time of peace. This is clearly shown by the mixture of bright colours like yellow which represent peace, love and warmth and darker colours that represent hardship.
Some of the individual faces in the painting look sad and seem to be in a lot of pain; however there is hope that there will be peace which can be seen through the leaves and the bright moon behind the figures which represents better times and peace after war.


38 2In a similar artwork by Bierao Carlos titled Peace lovers, the image shows hands hosting, elevating up a dove. A dove represents peace and as the hands elevate the dove, they are elevating peace. Moreover, the top of the image is endowed with bright, warm colours which all depict peace, love and tranquillity.
The figures bellow have warm energies about them which might be a sign that they are happy and are at peace. They are however surrounded by darker colours which may represent conflicts, but on top of the image are brighter colours which show that conflicts can be there but people must always look beyond their differences and strive to have love, peace and unity.
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on the 21st of September. This day is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
This day is very important in this world where wars of insurgency are continuously destroying lives, infrastructure and displacing people from their homes rendering them as refugees.  This is even more intense in the world’s poorest and marginalised economies like Africa and the Middle East.  
This year’s celebrations are being celebrated under the theme “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”The Sustainable Development Goals are integral to achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. Their aims are to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all.
Modern challenges of poverty, hunger, diminishing natural resources, water scarcity, social inequality, environmental degradation, diseases, corruption, racism and xenophobia, among others, pose challenges for peace and create fertile grounds for conflict.
In the quest for peace,  all nations must come together and work as one in order avoid conflicts and build peace and maintain mutually beneficial relations. Peace at home translates to peace in the community, in a nation and internationally hence everyone has a part to play in building and maintaining peace.

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