Birta Guðjónsdóttir and Berglind Jóna Hlynsdóttir | Berlin, Germany
Artists at Risk (AR) Symposium and Screenings – a Conversation at the Nordic Embassies in Berlin
The Nordic Embassies, 1 Rauch Straße, 10787 Berlin, Germany
September 10th, 2018
Opening Words: Antti Kaski, Minister, Embassy of Finland
Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky, Co-Founding Directors of Artists at Risk (AR) and Perpetuum Mobile (PM), Artists at Risk e.V.
Elena Agudio, Artistic Co-Director SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin, DE)
Baran Çağinli, Artist (Ankara, TK/Helsinki, FI)
Sebastian Dahlqvist, Art Lab Gnesta & Unicorn Artists in Solidarity (Malmö, SE)
Adriano Galante and Fernando Paniagua de Paz, , BCCN Barcelona Creative Commons Film Festival (Barcelona)
Birta Gudjonsdottir and Berglind Jóna Hlynsdóttir (Iceland)
Delaine Le Bas, Artist (Worthing, UK)
Erden Kosovo, Curator (Istanbul, TR / Berlin, DE)
Maik Müller, Head of the Martin Roth Initiative (ifa / Goethe)
Issa Touma, Artist and Filmmaker (Aleppo, SY)
Tito Valery, Artist and Radio-host (Yaoundé, CM / Helsinki, FI)
The symposium on the issues surrounding art-practioners “at risk” accompanies the exhibition: The Artists at Risk (AR) Pavilion – Berlin: mutatis mutandis at Kai Dikhas at the Aufbau Haus am Moritzplatz. The exhibition runs through 18.10.2018. Wed-Sat 14.00–18.00.
ARTISTS at RISK (AR) is a mondial institution at the intersection of human rights and the arts. AR is dedicated to mapping the field of persecuted visual art practitioners, facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin, hosting them at “AR-Residencies” and curating related projects, including the “AR Pavilion”.
Artists, curators, critics, musicians, theatre and film-makers and other art-practitioners are targets of politically motivated threats and persecution in great parts of the world. Perpetuum Mobile (PM) initiated Artists at Risk (AR) in 2013 in Helsinki as a platform and network to support these art practitioners in times of need. This encompasses enabling their safe exit from countries of origin; the procurement of travel documents; providing legal assistance; and matching ARs with so-called “AR-Residencies”.
The AR-Network comprises a growing number operational residencies. The long-established “Helsinki Model” developed at AR-Safe Haven Helsinki, and anchored at HIAP/former NIFCA, has served as an example for initiatives for AR-Residencies in Berlin, Athens, Saari Residence FI, Malmö SE, Reykjavik, Oslo, Gnästä SE , the Provence, Barcelona, Belgrade and with recent pilot residencies at Wysing Art Centre in Cambridge UK and Abuja, NI. On this model, AR develops cooperation-programmes with artist-in-residency centres, art/film/theatre unions, cities and human-rights networks which help provide artists at risk a safe place of temporary relocation.
Perpetuum Mobile (PM), which initiated and directs Artists at Risk (AR) furthermore has built extensive networks for supporting and working with AR Residents, and curates projects including their art.
Perpetuum Mobile (PM), which initiated and directs Artists at Risk (AR) furthermore has built extensive international networks for supporting and working with AR Residents, and curates projects including their artistic work, including events, conferences and the dedicated “AR Pavilion” — the first at the Athens Biennale; parallel to the Istanbul Biennial; at Matadero-Madrid; and now in Berlin — which showcases the artistic practices of Artists-at-Risk (AR) Residents.
The ARTISTS at RISK (AR) PAVILION – BERLIN: mutatis mutandis and the Symposium of the Nordic Embassies is generously funded and supported by:
The Nordic Council of Ministers – The Nordic Culture Point (Network)
The Kone Foundation, Finland (The AR Secretariat)
The Finnish Cultural Fund (Productions)
The City of Helsinki, Cultural Office (AR Residents)
Gallerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin
Embassy of Finland in Berlin