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Its Enough Already! Smile for Peace


Smile for Peace Team



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Susan Maude Buchser-Lochocki
Artist & Project Owner

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Hi, this is a friend of mine, a woman with a mission and a vision, Madam Susan maude Buchser-Lochocki, sometimes known as maude-n-art. Born in The USA, in 1965. Her mother was a home maker, and an oil painter; her Father was in us Airforce, eventually becoming a photographer and a die transfer specialist at Kodak. Growing up near San Francisco, in the 60’s, with The Civil Rights Movement, the second-wave of Feminism, a man on the MOON, both the Vietnam and Cold War, it was a time of turmoil. As a 3rd child, in a Polish-Middle Class-Republican-American household, maude had no voice. Always identifying more with the long haired hippies, flower power, giving “PEACE” a chance, and other more traditional liberal ideals, Maude felt strange growing up on military bases. As she grew, she was drawn to the arts. In High School, maude graduated in 1984, with Advance Placement credits in ART. She then went off to NYC, to continue her education, eventually graduating From Parsons School of Design, 1988, with a BFA in Illustration. She was a freelance Illustrator, but had to take a job at a bank to keep a roof over her head. Always drawn to Fine Arts, she began a long search for her voice in the art world. Since moving to Switzerland for Love, life has become more stable. After getting married and taking a Baby pause, she with her family settled into a new house, life was good, and then their daughter Jessica got sick with leukemia, twice. Maude naturally stopped doing art for sometime, to focus on her daughter’s health. Today, the illness is gone and the BABY is grown.

And now, in this “Smile for peace” project, she uses mixed media in individual works to get her message out. Maude is not only an artistE but also has humanist orientation in peace and in women’s rights and women’s challenges all over the world. We met at the Basel Unitarian Universalist community, where she is president and I serve as one of the board members. 

Bio written by Mehdi (Metti) Jahandar.

 

Mehdi (Metti) Jahandar
Artist Manager & PR

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I am Mehdi (Metti) Jahandar, the Biographies writer. Born in 1973, in Iran, in Tehran. My father was a last policeman of Shah, he put himself in retirement, just before the revolution began. With the little salary of my father’s retirement, I had to work and study to support my family, I was 12 years old. I studied hard to be able to succeed and to compensate the difficult situation of my family. From childhood photos and photography fascinated me. Growing up in Iran, when you reach a certain level at school, there is an exam that all children take, to get into universities, I placed 72nd among one million and hundred thousand people participating that year, and was awarded a scholarship to study Political Science and Theology in Isfahan university. Still passionate about photography, I went back to university. In 1998, I completed a masters degree in Public Relations and Photojournalism from the university of Tehran. I came to Geneva, in 2000, sponsored by Geneva university with a scholarship, to do research about cultural, economical and political reform in Europe, from the 16th century, comparing to the reform that was going on in Iran, by the  reformist president Mr. Khatami. I had to stop my research as the reform in Iran was blocked by hardliners. in 2003, I finished my second masters in Public Relations, from the superior college Iserp-itaim, in Paris. Then my last masters was completed at the Swiss peace foundation, in 2013. Additionally, I worked three and a half years as a manager of public relations in a government organization in Iran. I am now honored to be able to put my expertise, at the service of an eminent artistE, Madam Susan maude Buchser- Lochocki, for this “Smile for peace”, Smile cloud project. 

 

 

Smiles gesucht



Nimm teil und schicke ein Foto Deines Lächelns zur Smile Cloud.

Es ist einfach und macht Spass.

Es gibt so viele Gründe und ebenso viele Arten des Lächelns. Mit Zähne zeigen oder ohne, "von-Ohr-zu-Ohr", oder im Mona-Lisa-Stil.

Lächle einfach in der Art, welche DICH glücklich macht.

Schicke das Smile Foto per Email (Attachment im Kontakt-Formular) oder via Facebook (Message schicken und Bild beifügen).

Erzähle es Deinen Freunden, so dass sie auch Teil des Projektes sein können. 

KEEP ON SMILING FOR PEACE !


 Anlässe



Unterstütze das
Smile for Peace Projekt


Adliswil   30. August - 12. September


Meditation for Peace, 2018

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ZÜRICH   2. März - 22. April

Goddess Fever Unleashed (Blue), 2018
Das ist ein Auszug eines Kunstwerks, welches Teil des
grösseren Peace Smile Cloud Projekt ist.

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Vernissage: 2. März, 18.30-21.00
in AWCZ Gallery, Höschgasse 38, 8008 Zürich

Was gibt es besseres als Lächeln von Frauen, um religiösen Fanatismus herauszufordern.

Komm vorbei und bestaune das ganze Werk,
und mehr


NEW YORK   5. - 16. März

Ode to Mother Nature, 2018
Das ist ein Auszug eines Kunstwerks, welches Teil des
grösseren Peace Smile Cloud Projekt ist.

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 ARTBOX.PROJECT New York 1.0
Armory Artweeks New York, 5.-16. März 2018

Falls Du in New York bist - schaust Dir an -
es ist auf dem "big screen"
 

 





About



The ‘Smile for Peace Project’ (SCP) 
has a multi-year plan to promote experiential art events globally, presenting our deep belief in democracy and peaceful efforts against religious fanaticism, dictatorship and fascism, and finally offering the smiles of people from all walks of life as the most powerful and peaceful weapon
against a culture of fear and terrorism.

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The gallery opening is part of our soft-launch, which occurs in year 1 across Switzerland. We kicked off this project in March, in ZURICH at the group show, COLOR FEVER, where we introduced 2D SCP works. “Here I focused on women’s smiles with the idea of a time when God was a woman.” Says Susan. “I focused on mixing up the smiles of different religions and even the non-religious in these works. One work had international women’s smiles, another had American golden girls/senior citizen smiles. Then in support of the Iranian women’s Wednesday White Scarf movement against mandatory cover for women in Iran, I created a forbidden women’s smile work where I showed smiles of Iranian women in public, ‘For Iranian women, smiling in public is criticized by Islamic fundamentalists.’ According to Mehdi Jahandar. In parallel in NEW YORK, I was with the ARTBOX Gallery, more 2D works with mixed men’s and women’s smiles, and finally ONLINE at the Swiss Photo Award website, with atheists and skeptics smiles, because atheists, and skeptics need to be included in this project too,
to be truly all encompassing.”

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“In May and June we were part of another group show named; I LOVE SWITZERLAND. There I had some interactive works, on one that looked like the Swiss flag people wrote the word ‘peace’ in whatever language they wanted, showing the diversity of Switzerland, and in another work one could simulate being on a hike at the Matterhorn and you could blow the smiles around in an artwork with the famous mountain andedelweiss. Lastly was an installation, a smile cloud that grew over time during the show and finished with the birth of the ‘Dove Wing’. In it are mixed smiles of people in Switzerland,
from all religious backgrounds.

After the opening of gallery mmm, August 30, 2018 in Adliswil, close to the city of Zurich, the next Smile Cloud exhibit takes place at the Maison
Internationale des Associations, in Geneva.

In year two we launch the Smile Labyrinth, inviting participants to experience the reality of our interdependence. A more intimate engagement with both two- and three-dimensional Smile Clouds displays the clouds in a labyrinthine installation intended for places of worship, art fairs, and public spaces. The Smile Labyrinth provides the space for contemplation of ourselves as not only members of different groups or tribes (diversity),
but more connected with the experience
of ourselves as one humanity (unity).

In year three we invite artists whose work is aligned with the message to partner with us
and join us on tour.

Eventually, the collection of smiles will lead to a final Smile Cloud work, which will travel the world,
inspiring PEACE and demonstrating that
we are not so different after all… 

We can truly live with ‘Unity in Diversity’