VIST – Memorial for the Victims of Islamist Terror is representing a collaborative media art project starting on occasion of the islamist terror attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015, whereby Paris is standing in a long row of previous islamist attacks starting in the early ’80ies of 20th century and it was not the first and it will be not the last place targeted by islamist terror.
But Paris 2015 has a particular symbolic power in many concern, and in this way, the terror attacks in Paris 2015 stand as a symbol for all islamist attacks in the Past, Present and Future.
The most recent islamist terror attacks on 14 July 2016 in Nice/France and Brussels on 22 March 2016 shows impressingly, how infamous and in what kind of dimensions the islamist terror continues and will continue, Brussels and Paris and all other places are only intermediate stations of an ongoing process which will accompany all of us for the coming decades.
Islamist terror is no new phenomenon, but since the attacks of 11 September 2001, islamist terror got a global dimension, in so far, the Paris 2015 can be only a symbol and a synonym for islamist terror. The list of islamist terror attacks ssince 1983 on – WikiPedia – is giving evidence of the increasing dimension and relevance of terror as a tool for the world dominion. The attacks are addressed against the values of a free, democratic and civilized world.
Meanwhile this kind of terror has spread all over the world generating countless innocent victims, pain and sorrow for the survivors and the brutal destruction of historical monuments of mankind intending to replace the wonderful human civilization through incredible totalitarian barbarism.
The memorial project would like to contribute defending these values against an inhuman, uncivilized, insane totalitarianism of islamist terror whereever on the globe, and show solidarity and empathy for the innocent victims of isöamist terror in Paris and elsehwhere, but primarily it is its goal to encourage artists of different artistic disciplines to show solidarity with the victims of islamist terror, particularly because it the infamous strategy to attack “normal” innocent people in order to spread fear through terror via by participating and contributing (see also the ongoing open call adreesed to artists)
It is not the first memorial project of that kind created by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne.
As a reaction on the 9/11 terror attacks, Wilfried Agricola de Cologne was one of the first artists who established 2001 an artistic memorial online dedicated to the victims of terror.
http://terror.a-virtual-memorial.org, in 2002, he established the Memorial for victims of AIDS – http://aids.a-virtual-memorial.org, Rainforest memorial – http://rainforest.a-virtual-memorial.org, TSUNAMI Memorial – http://tsunami.a-virtual-memorial.org.
This latest memorial project would like to tie on the 9/11 memorial and continue commemorating the victims which will be never forgotten!