Peter Bill is an Artist, Activist and Educator. He has, since learning photoshop v. 1.5, been interested in connecting under-represented communities with digital tools so their voices may be broadcast. He has been involved with large scale video projections, guerrilla art actions, and community building since the 90s.

Peter Bill's award winning paint and video landscapes have shown in such diverse venues as The Kitchen(NYC), the Henry Art Gallery(Seattle), FILE Festival(São Paulo, Brazil), and other international venues. He continues in his Oil paintings and video work to weave the painterly with the digital, pixels and paint, indigo and 191970 blue. He envisioned and realized the first time-lapse film festival in North America, the Gila Timelapse Film Festival and has curated and directed shows on three continents. "Art must be realized on the streets, as an agent of change and progress."
Much of my art has been about creating a vessel, a space for meditation. Through my painting and video installations I hope to create a moment of quietude, a contemplation of this world we have built.

In my mural and documentary film work I have balanced a certain transcendentalism in my heart with my didactic scots-yankee bones. In the public sphere arts role is to inspire and provoke. Therefore in my mural projects I have attempted to involve the local community in the conception and realization of my projects. In my animations and short films I have attempted critiques of the bathetic apocalyptic culture we live in, the false utopia of the California landscape, the contested landscape of New Mexico, and tried to get to the situation on the ground in war torn Bosnia, among other subjects. The world is a complicated, granular place. We cannot oversimplify with our stories, but we can in their telling change opinions, and thus change the world for the better.

Mirror to History, 21 years later

January 15, 2019

Mirror to History, Confronting War Crimes in Bosnia

I was a bit of the fairy godfather for this documentary film, Mirror to History, confronting war crimes in Bosnia. I had been traveling to Bosnia since 1996, a couple of years after the siege of Sarajevo had lifted.  We had been working with cultural organizations to bring art and life back to the war torn region. Despite certain dangers, like wandering off into a mine field, or perhaps being on the wrong stretch of a highway on a dark night: if one was organized it was alright to travel in country. So when Cristian called me, asking about shooting a film there, I could honestly tell him, been there, done that (Weekend in Sarajevo). I was really excited to road trip with Cristian around Bosnia, interviewing all sides on what they thought of the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.

As nationalism returns to the forefront of international affairs, Mirror to History serves as a useful reminder of the dangers of history repeating itself.

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