Tolerance and Resistance
One of the most recognized peace symbols was designed in 1958 for the Nuclear Disarmament movement; it is a combination of the semaphore signals for the letters N and D. The world has changed since then—sixty years later, we live with a more complex and changing threat: Islamist extremism, fascist movements, an increasingly uneven distribution of resources, rapidly changing alliances, environmental issues, migration, overpopulation. Despite the urgency of nuclear disarmament, the struggle for peace needs another focus.
Our starting point was the original symbol and the principle of how it is built. In the circular shape the single letters look like a clock. We have turned it forward to what is needed for a peaceful society today, and also backward to what must be seen as the foundation of peace: tolerance towards different ethnicities, races, identities, bodies, cultures, and resistance against the forces that want to counteract it. Tolerance and Resistance.
New Peace logo contest initiated by Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2017.
2nd place: Sandra Praun & Oscar Guermouche
Marina Abramovic, artist
Konstantin Grcic, designer
Eike König, designer
Tilmann Röder, the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law
Britta Thie, artist
December 12, 2019