Benera and Estefan
No Shelter From the Storm, 2015
HD video, 5 min., 43 sec.

The Eastern European landscape of mass deforestation provides a backdrop for the song whistled by the artists. The tune is that of the famous 1960s anti-war song “Where have all the flowers gone”, which has been recorded and performed in many different languages over the years. The original lyrics were adapted by Peter Seeger in 1956 from a Ukrainian Cossack folk tune mentioned in Mikhail Sholokhov’s 1928 novel “And Quiet Flows the Don”, in which war –in the form of both international conflict and civil uprising – provides the epic backdrop to the narrative.

Throughout history, forests have provided a natural place for people to hide in times of war. Fleeing to the forest was often the only choice. Today, in a political landscape in which militarism, global power and war in all its forms are becoming a way of life, almost half of the forests that once covered the Earth are gone.