Kalle Brolin, 2024

Peace march Gotland 1981. Photo: Maud and Hans Söderberg

PEACE TALKS - Three evenings about and with the peace movement in Gotland

For those who have been involved in any kind of peace movement and for those who are curious about peace work, an evening school is being organised for three evenings under the auspices of BAC and the artist Kalle Brolin, in cooperation with the study association NBV and GRASS Uppsala University Campus Gotland. The varied programme will give you the opportunity to meet others who are in some way involved in or interested in peace work. Everyone is welcome, young and old, experienced and curious.

In times of militarisation, nationalism and mobilisation in response to international conflicts, we also want to hear the voices of the peace movement in as many different forms as we can find. We want to see peace work in a wider context and in a longer time perspective.

When: March 7th, March 14th and March 20th, 17:00–19:30.
Where: Vita Huset (NBV's premises) at Ekmansgatan 11 in Visby.
Language: Swedish


March 7th - Screening of art videos with a peace theme
We watch a selection of art videos together and talk about our own experiences and relate the films to things that have happened and are happening here on Gotland. The films are about peace activists trying to meet across generations, about military training areas and nature reserves, and about the first Swedish protest march against the atomic bomb (1961), where the military security service spied on the participants.

The films shown are:
An Idealistic Attempt and Reconstruction of An Action That Never Took Place (both 2007) by Fia-Stina Sandlund.
Before the Curtain Falls by Caroline Mårtensson and Patrik Bengtsson (2022).
Participant Observers by Henrik Andersson (2015)

March 14th - A history of the Gotland Peace March in the early 1980s
History of the Gotland peace marches in the early 1980s. In front of an audience, the organisers and participants share their memories of the peace marches. Stories and pictures are documented in real time, and history is written from the testimonies of those who lived it. The evening takes the form of a 'witness seminar', the aim of which is to collect material that can be used by researchers who wish to study the history of the peace movement.

March 20th - Show and tell
Participants in the evening school will bring something to show and tell. A picture, a newspaper clipping, a work of art, an object, something that tells a story you have been thinking about during our previous evening meetings. We look at everything together, in an impromptu exhibition of everyone's associations. It's also an opportunity for anyone who wants to talk a bit more about their interest in peace work.

If you have questions or are interested, you can contact Kalle Brolin.

Free admission and you can come to one or more meetings. At each meeting we serve soup and salad, coffee, and cake. Great if you sign up in advance but it is possible to turn up spontaneously.