Inventing Peace: A Dialogue on Perception

Inventing Peace considers the way we look at the world, without seeing it when there is so much violence, suffering and war. It revolves around the ethical and moral aspects of looking at, but staying blind, and the most important part how ‘peace’ is involved in all of this? In the form of a written dialogue, Mary Zournazi along with Wim Wenders are revising the question as the most fundamental issue of our time, as well as the necessity to rediscover a visual and moral actions for peace.

This book has been inspired by numerous cinematic, philosophical, literary and artistic examples. Inventing Peace demonstrates an effort to gain peace through ethics and sacred soul aspects, to show an alternative way to the inhumanity and violence of war, in its own unique style. This book might help to make peace little more visible in some new ways it has never been before.

Inventing Peace is considerably different from an academic book on peace theme, or politics, and readers should be know this from the very beginning. Throughout, Inventing Peace contains lots of visual imagery, surfacing through Wenders and Zournazi’s textual expressions, they invite your imagination to jump from the consciousness. Wenders speaks from his own perspective using his experience as a filmmaker, this is why there are lots of cinema examples included. Akira Kurosawa’s film Ran appears at some point, for the reader to some parallels from the beginning, in order to “understand the logic of violence”. The same goes with Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar and Picasso’s Guernica, a creative approach to thinking about peace is illustrated with tolerant viewpoints: “There is a way of seeing that can respond to violence without reproducing the trauma and paralysing others and ourselves”