On 11 March 2017, artist Alessio Mazzaro reopened the Edinost, a Slovenian newspaper printed in Trieste (Italy) that gave voice to the first anti-fascist movement in Europe. It was shut down by fascists in 1928. He reopened it as a multicultural space of dialogue and collective writing journal that he directs to investigate borders, fascisms, politics of memory and the role of arts in re-discussing unresolved conflicts. Now, as part of the Courageous Citizens 2018 Research and Development grant by the European Cultural Foundation, the Edinost becomes a free journal and laboratory in continuous redefinition where artists, academics and citizens can create collectively a framework for a new antifascism. A newspaper that keeps posing questions, to generate critical thinking at European level. But also a space where cultural and economic migrants can expose acceptance problems. The EE -European Edinost- will create a missing narrative that will give more humanity to the ones about migration proposed by populism. It will make us understand how others feel treated.
The Edinost is a “program” in four numbers:
1. Update the Partisan. Beyond an ideological opposition between fascists and anti-fascists
(art/activism, radical thinking and art institutions, dialogue and non-violent practices against daily fascisms)
2. A new memory/Is a future without ideologies possible?
3. A guide to create spaces for idleness and critical thinking to fight neoliberalism.
4. Can Education be a long term pacific response to fascisms?
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how can we confront the causes of fascism to prevent the born of new recruits?
In a global world of refugees and economic & cultural migrants, inclusion and acceptance problems are at the base of daily fascism. The new comings are difficulty accepted for what they are, we want them to be similar to us, to think like us. We protect ourself behind the fact that if they “have chosen” to come to our place, they need to adapt to it, to us, especially if they are cultural & economics migrants, because they can otherwise go back to their birth country. I am a cultural and economic migrants and I want to give voice to the quotidian of this “category” on which are based the new rising European nationalisms. We can’t fight the fascisms if we don’t dialogue and consider inclusiveness at a daily level.
Commemorations and politics of memory, have become too often occasions to foster fractures and resentments that are fertile soil for Fascism. Ideologies are a reassurance in a state of social, economical and psychological stress. Every ism is a set of “simple” rules that can be quickly apply avoiding thinking and saving time; parameters to classify persons and events accommodating our tendency to categorize between right and wrong, without an attempt to understand the “complexity” , the reasons and point of view of the others.