In the Roskilde sessions, all the 12 artists went through a lot of reflections about war and peace. Cross-country wise, when artists from Ukraine, Italy, France and Denmark met the people of Roskilde. Cross-disciplinary reflections manifested in personal reflections through illustrations, sculpting, music, film, photos, storytelling etc, and then combined in different artworks, worked on by the team of artists, to be experienced in augmented reality. Below we added a couple of the love warriors.

In this article the Danish illustrator Jakob Fälling shares his personal reflections behind the artwork called Love Warriors.

“The Love Warriors reflect the shock he personally experienced when the war in Ukraine started: He realised that European democracies are facing a military threat that we as persos are unable to take up arms against. For the past 40-50 years, we have preached peace, love, unity, trust, conversation and, to some extent, pacifism. Unfortunately, in the first hectic period of the war, this kind of thing helps very little in the face of aggression such as the Russian one. In Ukraine, men in arms had to defend their country, their families, their freedom. As a humanist, a democrat, a cartoonist, he had no experience with guns, and he doubted whether he would be able to defend his community or family in practical terms. Therefore, the open question is: Can all the love and trust on which our society rests be used in wartime? Can the enormous energy of passion be transformed so that it can also defend humanism and those we love?”