With immense pleasure, I share with you HOPE and PEACE, this milestone 20th anniversary double issue of Gallerie. In 2017, we complete the 40th orbit of our arts and ideas journal that since its initiation in 1997, has been nourished and nurtured by some of the most stead-fast well-wishers through its journey; those who have stood by in solidarity with Gallerie, its readers, contributors and sponsors… and those who have travelled with us on this exciting journey of learning and sharing. We are profoundly appreciative of your belief in us. Through the two decades, each issue has been a curatorial exercise that has enriched our global readers and us.
In the HOPE volume, being positive in the escalation of disquieting times is not to white-wash the blood stains of our Kafkaesque existence, but to question and seek the antecedent for the prevailing anarchy… being positive is an act of not offering our lives to the whims of faith and fate, but in nailing our apathy in resisting the authors of our contemporary Inferno.
Why do we hope? So we may not despair… To hope is to know that in the night there are stars. We have to look for them. We have to work towards sighting them. We have to challenge ourselves to challenge the dark and “know” that we can be bearers of light, without having to wait for that magical radiance.