Foundation

Mission, Point of Departure and Principles


Mission

artasfoundation is an operating foundation that initiates its own projects and finances its work through commissions, endowments and private donations.

The foundation has its seat in Switzerland and maintains an office and a competence centre for art in the contexts of conflict mediation and peacebuilding. Through this centre, the foundation has created an international outreach. In addition, artasfoundation is establishing the Centre for Art and Peacebuilding together with Zurich University of the Arts.

artasfoundation
initiates and organises art projects for and with people in regions affected by wars or violent conflicts. Every year, the artasfoundation team conducts several such projects in collaboration with artists and local partner organisations.

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also supports diplomatic conflict mediation, and mediation processes of civil society and governmental or international institutions through specific artistic interventions.

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conducts general research on artistic work in the context of conflict mediation and peacebuilding and thus aims to provide grounded support for its own art projects.

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networks artistic initiatives that relate to its field of activity and facilitates international exchanges of experience.

The foundation also presents its work outside the narrower conflict regions, fostering public discussion at regular events.


Point of departure

Art Has the Potential to Build Peace
Art is a fundamental element of human existence and social coexistence. Its role should therefore be recognised and valued in humanitarian and peacebuilding operations following violent conflicts.

Art offers a specific way of relating to the world. It invites us to let go of utilitarian calculations, perceive the seemingly familiar with greater subtlety, and abandon familiar categorisations. Accordingly, it creates new perspectives for conflict transformation.

Art allows us to communicate experiences that are difficult to put into words. It can bring together people of very different cultural backgrounds.

Creating a space beyond everyday concerns, art invites us to experiment with new ways of acting. Artworks stimulate discussion and exchange of opinions between people with different worldviews.

By engaging in art, marginalised and underprivileged people can achieve dignity and personal recognition and can make themselves seen and heard.

In order for art to develop this potential, it must not be subordinated to any fixed goals or purposes – no matter how good the intentions might be. It needs spaces of trust in which to play and to create, without guaranteed outcomes or proven effects.

The above applies to artistic work of all categories and traditions: visual arts, music, dance, drama, film, literature, etc.

Human Rights Apply Universally

Human rights, with their emphasis on the fundamental freedom and equality of dignity and rights of every human being, are the guiding reference for cross-cultural international cooperation.

Respect for these rights creates the best foundation for the flourishing of any community.

The commitment to human rights is a central area of international cooperation. This involves mutual and respectful engagement where customs and current practices conflict with these rights.

Cooperation on Equal Footing

In order to overcome global as well as local challenges in a sustainable way, it is essential that people of different origins work together on an equal footing.

Against the backdrop of weighty historical and current relations of domination and exploitation, every contemporary collaboration is faced with the task of seeking new ways of fair exchange and mutual respect.


Guiding principles


artasfoundation
is a non-profit organisation. It offers its supporters concrete options for direct, meaningful engagement. It enables people in regions affected by war to have experiences and encounters that support them in overcoming violence. It aims to strengthen those who work for peaceful coexistence in such regions.

artasfoundation works independently in terms of politics and content. It is not neutral with regard to the values that guide it; rather, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights forms the basis for its work.

artasfoundation
publishes its sponsors and ensures that they provide their support without political ties or constraints.

artasfoundation
focuses on socially engaged art from various disciplines and regions of origin, and gives artists the freedom they need for their work.

artasfoundation
cooperates with local cultural organisations in conflict-affected regions and strives for transparent mutual exchange.

Within the framework of its art projects, artasfoundation seeks to promote encounters and exchanges between people from conflict-
affected and privileged contexts.

The artasfoundation team is directly involved in the foundation’s projects on site and reflects on its own work according to criteria of conflict sensitivity.

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is committed to the sustainability of its projects by pro moting long-term collaborations between artists and creating a framework for mutual learning.

In order to establish artistic approaches to peacebuilding in the field of the arts and international cooperation, artasfoundation seeks exchange with educational institutions, especially universities.

Board

The Board of Trustees determines the guidelines and priorities of the foundation’s work and supervises the work of the office. It ensures the financial stability of the foundation, determines its structure and is responsible for its annual reports and financial statements. The Board of Trustees elects the President and Vice President of the foundation and works on an honorary basis.

The Presidium consists of two members of the foundation’s Board of Trustees, which appoints them. They act as representatives of the foundation. The president manages the foundation’s board and acts as its official representative. The Vice Presidency is an operational position.

Heidi Tagliavini (President)
Swiss Diplomat

Swiss Diplomat, President of artasfoundation

Heidi Tagliavini was an Ambassador of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs as well as special envoy for several international organisations for 30 years. Her 20 assignments mainly took her to the former Soviet Union and the Balkan States, lastly from 2014–2015 in the conflict over East Ukraine as a representative of the OSCE in a mediating function between Russia and the Ukraine. After the August War between Russia and Georgia she wrote an investigation report on the causes and the circumstances of the conflict on behalf of the European Union (www.ceiig.ch). Since 2009 she has been leading election observation missions in presidential and parliamentary elections on behalf of the OSCE/ODIHR (Ukraine, Russian Federation and Armenia).

Awards:
Honorary Doctorates from Franklin University Lugano, and the universities of Basel and Bern.
Decoration: Gold Grand Decoration of Honour for services to the Republic of Austria (Grosses Goldenes Ehrenzeichen der Republik Österreich), and the Great Federal Merit Cross with Star of the Federal Republic of Germany (Grosses Deutsches Verdienstkreuz mit Stern der Bundesrepublik Deutschland).
Several awards, including: Brandenberger award for her commitment towards peace, and the OSCE Medal for Special Merits in Service for the Organisation.
Heidi Tagliavini is a member of various boards of different cultural and art foundations; she speaks eight languages and has written a number of books and articles.

Barbara Ellenberger
Dramaturge, consultant, lecturer, co-initiator KlimaKontor Basel

Barbara Ellenberger was born in Zurich and studied theatre direction at the Schauspiel Akademie Zürich (todays ZHdK). She has been working as an independent director and dramaturg, and from 1996 as a theatre educator and dramaturg at the Schauspielhaus Zürich. From 2000 to 2007 she was Head of Dramaturgy and Executive Director of Drama at the Stadttheater Hildesheim and from 2007 to 2015 Executive Artistic Director of the TAK Theater Liechtenstein. From 2015 to 2019, she was Executive Artistic Director of the Miller's Theater in Zurich. Since 2011 she has served on the Board of artasfoundation, and since 2020 on the Board of Directors of the Kosmos-Kultur AG. Her educational experience includes the fields of: leadership, change management, organisational development, systemic structural constellations, solution-oriented coaching, and mediation. The main focus of her teaching activity and consultation is solution-based project management and she is currently developing the project KlimaKontor Basel, which is initiating art projects that foster solidarity-based and innovative responses to the climate crisis.

Angelo Gnädinger
Former Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Angelo Gnädinger was Special Representative for the South Caucasus on behalf of the Chairman of the OSCE. Prior to that, he was Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Interim Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.

Dagmar Reichert (Executive Director)
Cultural Geographer, Consultant, Lecturer at the Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

Dagmar Reichert, born 1957 in Vienna, studied sports, geography and philosophy in Vienna and Toronto, held research fellowships in Stockholm and Cambridge, worked as visiting professor at the University of Bologna, the University of Salzburg and the ETH Zürich (MA, phD and Habilitation in human geography). From 2003 onwards, she was full professor for Cultural Geography at University Kassel and resigned early in 2006. At present she teaches cultural theory at the Zürich University of the Arts and runs a firm for research and consulting in Zürich.

She is author or editor of several books (‘Wissenschaft als Erfahrungswissen’, 2000, ‘Räumliches Denken’, 1996, ‘Limits of Representation’, 1994, ‘Umwelt zur Sprache bringen’, 1993 and ‘Ortssuche’, 1993) and has organized various cultural events and exhibitions (Airolo, 2007, Shedhalle Zürich, 2003; Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, 2002; Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, 2001). She lives and works in Zürich.

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Isa Stürm
Architect

Isa Stürm studied architecture at the ETH Zurich and earned her diploma in 1983 under the direction of Dolf Schnebeli. She was an assistant to Adolf Max Vogt at the chair for the theory and history of architecture at the ETHZ. She worked with Santiago Calatrava and Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron before creating an architectural bureau with Urs Wolf in 1988.
Isa Stürm Urs Wolf SA is active in Switzerland and abroad. Among its earliest projects were the Plarenga Domat-Ems garage (1988), the building for the Bureau of Social Security (SVA) of the canton of Zurich (1998), and the housing built on the Röntgenareal (1999). For Expo.02 they developed the Federal Swiss pavilion ‘Wer bin ich?’ (‘Who Am I?’ 2002). They also created exhibition architecture for Swiss Design, Akris, the Swiss Art Awards and exhibition stands for industrial and design products. They designed store interiors for Issey Miyake, Yoshi Yamamoto and Kerquelen in New York. Public building projects for culture with landmark status were the Kunst(Zeug)Haus in Rapperswil-Jona (2008) and the ‘Culture Depot’ Lokremise (locomotive depot) in St. Gallen (2010). Other major projects were the Art Museum in Liechtenstein, the Automobile Museum in Teufen, the Nam June Paik Museum in Korea, the Maritime Museum in Aaland, the Martyr’s Square and the Grand Axis in Beirut, Mobile Aids Clinic for Africa, the Presidents’ Lobby at the UN in New York, and the Housing Cooperative Waidmatt in Zurich. Current projects include the newly opened Stadthaus in the industrial district of the City of Zurich and the fashion showrooms in the Bahnhofstrasse. Their buildings and projects have received many awards.
Isa Stürm is actively involved in the theoretical discussion on architecture. She lectures regularly, participates in juries, project evaluations and discussions, and writes essays. She has worked as architectural expert for the Federal Arts Commission and visiting professor for architectural projects at the EPF in Lausanne. Isa Stürm sits on the boards of the Zurich Kunsthalle and the Sitterwerk Foundation in St. Gallen.

Margit Wästfelt
Austrian diplomat

Margit Wästfelt, born 1948 in Graz, Austria, studied law and French at the University of Graz. During high school she spent one year with the American Field Service in the USA. She worked as assistant professor at the Institute of Civil Law at Vienna University and continued education through postgraduate studies at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy. In 1978 she joined the Austrian diplomatic service. Her first assignment as a junior diplomat was the Austrian Embassy in Paris; after returning to Vienna she was designated to the department for legal and consular affairs setting up a hotline and ameliorating the service for the public. In 1990 she was nominated cultural counsellor at the Austrian Embassy in Moscow; in 1995 promotion to deputy head of mission followed. Besides Russia the areas of activities also comprised the successor states to the Soviet Union. 1999 she teamed up as deputy chief with the Austrian Delegation to the OSCE in Vienna; special envoy for the Austrian OSCE chairmanship in 2000; from 2002 head of the Austrian Delegation to the OSCE. Her functions also encompassed Council of Europe affairs. In 2008 Margit Wästfelt was nominated Ambassador to Finland. 2013–2015 Alternate Secretary General of the Central European Initiative in Trieste, Italy. At present active as a consultant in the field of international economic relations and knowledge management. Publications on topics concerning the OSCE and Council of Europe.

Office Zurich

The staff conducts the operational work on behalf of the board. It is responsible for fundraising, the effective development of the projects of the foundation and the annual and financial reports for the Swiss Federal Supervisory Board for Foundations.

Office hours:
Monday 9–17 h
Wednesday 9–17 h

Dagmar Reichert
Delegate of the Board and Executive Director

Dagmar Reichert has a background in Cultural Geography and is a consultant and lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts.

dagmar.reichert@artasfoundation.ch

Sandra Frimmel
Project Manager

Sandra Frimmel is an art historian and research coordinator at the Centre for Arts and Cultural Theory (ZKK) at the University of Zurich
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sandra.frimmel@artasfoundation.ch

Sandra Suter
Head of Administration

Sandra Suter is a linguist and a musician. She works as a singer, singing teacher and as a lector.
sandra.suter@artasfoundation.ch

Advisory Board

The advisory board is composed of specialists in art and art education fields, humanitarian work, diplomacy and mediation, as well as representatives of civil society.

The advisory board is consulted as needed for the orientation of the foundation in terms of content and planning of projects. It contributes to the networking of the foundation and works on an honorary basis.

Mauro Abbühl
Former co-Director, artlink – Cultural Cooperation, Bern

Günther Bächler
Special Representative for the South Caucasus of the OSCE

Daniel Baumann
Director of the Kunsthalle Zürich

Christine Beerli
Vice President of the ICRC, President of the Association Solothurner Filmtage

Franziska Burkhardt
Director of the Culture Department of the city of Bern

Catherine David
Artistic Director of Documenta 10, Curator, Paris

Maaike Engelen
Child and Adolescent Psychoanalyst, London

Maren Haartje
Activities in Feminist Education, Peace Research and Security Policy. Programme Management for PeaceWomen Across the Globe.

Ursula König
Independent Mediator and Consultant for Conflict Transformation

Sandro Lunin
Artistic Director of the Kaserne Basel

Thomas D. Meier
Dean of the Zurich University of the Arts

Nicole Müller
Writer and Director of Communications

Danielle Nanchen
Section Head, Federal Department of Culture, Switzerland

Meret Schlegel
Dancer and Choreographer, Swiss Dance Award 2015, Zurich

Dieter Senghaas
Professor for Peace Research, University of Bremen

Alice Thomann
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Beirut

Gisela Ullmann
Supervisor and Coach in Organisations, Zug

Artists

Silvia Bächli

Born in Switzerland, Silvia Bächli lives and works in Basel and Paris and is Professor at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe, Germany. She has shown her drawings, paintings and photographic works internationally at many exhibitions, most recently in a solo-show at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. Silvia Bächli represented Switzerland at the 53rd Biennale di Venezia and received the Prix Meret Oppenheim from the Swiss Federal Office of Culture. In November 2014 Silvia Bächli was awarded with the Kulturpreis der Stadt Basel.
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Albin Brun

Multi-instrumentalist Albin Brun was born in Lucerne in 1959 and is a key figure in a scene that spans jazz and new folk music. Albin Brun is active in many ways: as a member of bands such as the Albin Brun Alpin Ensemble and duos with artists such as Patricia Draeger; a composer of film and theatre scores for Tim Krohn & Co.; and a guest lecturer at Lucerne University. Albin Brun is the winner of the Swiss Music Prize 2017.

Monika Dillier

Born 6.3.1947, lives and works in Basel. Several solo and group exhibitions in Switzerland, Germany or in South Africa. Regular cooperation-projects with other artists, so, for example, in the project ‘Erstes Manifest grosser und angesehener Künstlerinnen’ or ‘The road to nieu Bethesda’.

Patricia Draeger

Patricia Draeger was born and raised in Zug. She completed her musical studies in contemporary music and the flute in Winterthur, Biel, Amsterdam and The Hague. Since 1992 she is accordionist and musical director of several theatre productions. She is a member of a duo with Sergej Simbirev, as well as the ‘Trio Avodah’ (European folkmusic) and the ensemble ‘Paralpin’. Since 2008 she is part of the ‘Albin Brun Alpin Ensemble’.

Iris Ganz

Iris Ganz was born in Uri in 1974 and lives and works in Basel. In her artistic work she realises videos, installations and performances. Since 2011 she teaches art at the FHNW HGK.

Jean-Daniel Girod

born 1977, lives and works in Zurich and deals with voice, percussion and body music. Jean-Daniel Girod focuses his work on the combination of rhythm and voice and leads workshop series on ‘Voice + Body Percussion’ at the Konservatorium Winterthur and in Zurich. Girod participates in musical projects for people with disabilities by the Tobias-Haus in Zurich (‘Tobi’s Welt’), is a member of the music group ‘Mirabilis’ (Markus Maggiori, Sandra Weiss; concerts in authentic medieval style) and does percussion and voice for the world music group by Adrian Egger ‘Zussambalan’. In collaboration with artasfoundation Jean-Daniel Girod leads the workshops of the ‘International Choir’ in Abkhazia (2017–2018) and in the Tavush region of Armenia (2018–2019).

Monika Günther and Ruedi Schill

Monika Günther (born 1944 in Germany) and Ruedi Schill (born 1941 in Switzerland) live and work in Lucerne. They collaborate as performance artists since 1995 on a national and international level. From 1998 until 2013 they also worked as artistic directors of the Festival ‘International Performance Art Giswil / Turbine Giswil’.

Kilian Haselbeck and Meret Schlegel

Kilian Haselbeck (1986) started dancing with HipHop and later Ballet at the Ballet Centre Gerda von Arb (Zurich) followed by a BA in contemporary dance at Codarts Rotterdam Dance Academy, 2008. Since then he has been working as a freelance dancer and choreographer internationally.
Meret Schlegel (1951) is a dancer, dance teacher, dramaturge. She has had a long and distinguished career in dance both on stage and off, performing across Europe and the US, often collaborating with artists from other disciplines. She has worked in many cultural institutions in Zürich including 11 years as director of the Dance House Zurich (Tanzhaus). After leaving Tanzhaus she resumed her career as a dancer and performer. 2012 she started collaborating with Kilian Haselbeck. The joint work ‘Orthopädie or to be’ (2013) they toured nationally and internationally. Cie zeitSprung was founded in 2013.
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Silas Heizmann

Silas Heizmann lives and works as a visual artist in Basel, where he graduated from the Art University in 2016. One of the focus points of his work lies in graphic and printing, but he is also active, among other fields, in video-art. Silas received scolarships for residencies in Armenia and was active in several artasfoundation projects in Western Georgia / Abkhazia.
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Anina Jendreyko

Anina Jendreyko was born in Germany, she works and lives in the Kurdish regions, in Greece, Germany and Switzerland. She studied in Berlin at the UDK and works as an actress, theatre director and lecturer. In her artistic work she addresses questions of identity, society, transculturality and power relations. In addition to theatre productions, she works with the tools of theatre in national and international conflict- and crisis areas, especially in the Middle East. Currently she has developed a play about and with Yezidi women from and in Shengal/ Northern Iraq about their self-empowerment and the liberation process.
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Ayaz Jokhio

Ayaz Jokhio was born in Mehrabpur Sindh, Pakistan, and currently lives and works in Lahore and Karachi. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2001. He was chosen as the best contemporary poet by the Sindhi Literary Society in 1999. In 2004, Ayaz directed a short film that was later selected for the 4th Kara Film Festival in Karachi. He was also Artist-in-residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, from 2004–2005.

Dani Kouyaté

Dani Kouyaté was born in a griot family in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso in 1961. After a degree in film studies from the University of Ouagadougou, he continued his studies in film at the Sorbonne, Paris. He directed a number of films and theater plays in Europe and Africa, for example the film Keïta!, which received the Best First Film Prize at the Panafrican Film Festival in Ouagadougou and the Junior Prize at the Film Festival in Cannes (1995). After living in Paris for twenty years, he is now living in Uppsala, Sweden where he teaches theater.

Franziska Koch

born in Luzern, works as a visual artist and lecturer. In her artistic work she realises installations, performances and projects. Recent Exhibitions: Temperatures (Artisterium, Center for Contemporary Art, Tbilisi), Postfordismus/Fordismus (with Tim Zulauf, mobile cinema Zürich), Reserven (Kunsthof Zürich), Proiezioni (mit Peter Emch, artria, Locarno), Bühne (Helmhaus Zürich), Office (Fri-Art Fribourg), Shanghai Open End Gallery (Chicago). Since 2003 Franziska Koch works as a lecturer in Visual Arts at the Zürich University of the Arts, where she teaches workshops on sound art, installation art, performance, production aesthetics, or video art and works in collaborative projects with other universities.
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Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta

Tellervo Kalleinen (born 1975) is an artist from Helsinki, known for her video films and performance-oriented work. She studied art at the Art Academy of Hamburg and of Braunschweig and received a Master of Fine Arts from the Finish Academy of Fine Arts in 2003. Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (born 1971) studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and finished his degree at the Art Academy of Hamburg in 2001.Since 2003 both of them collaborate. They realised and showed their videos, performances and events - often inviting people's participation - in many different countries, for example at the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), P.S.1 (New York), The Kitchen (New York), Shedhalle (Zürich), Kunsthalle Fridericianum (Kassel), Hamburg Kunsthalle, KUMU (Tallinn), das KIASMA (Helsinki), S.M.A.K. (Gent), Museo de Arte Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires) und Ars Electronica Center (Linz). In 2012 they won the most significant Media Art Award in Finland, the AVEK Award.
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Arkhip Labakhua

born in 1973, Arkhip Labakhua (pseudonym: Sipa) is a leading Abkhaz artist, living and working in Sukhum/i. He studied fine arts in Tbilisi and Moscow and works with a variety of techniques in the fields of sculpture, design and stage design, as well as in photography. He travels as a puppeteer and troubadour with his own puppet theatre productions. In 2000 he received the Grand Prix of the Gent Festival of Marionette Theaters for his production ‘Red Actor’.
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Les Reines Prochaines

The Swiss Band consists of four women, Michéle Fuchs, Fränzi Madörin, Muda Mathis, Sus Zwick, with a background in Visual Arts, Music and Performance Art. Founded in 1987, they remain true to a continuous engagement for friendship, feminism and collective production. Touring Switzerland and Europe with a new concert program every year, thy meet a core audience. So far, the band has produced more than ten CDs.
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Beat Lippert

born 1977 in Lausanne, works and lives in Geneva. After his studies at the Alauns Hochschule für Kunst und Gesellschaft in Bonn (Germany) and a four-months internship in the area of archeology, Beat continued his studies at the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design in Geneva. Since then, Beat had several international exhibitions.
Beat collaborated with artasfoundation in the framework of the Curator’s initiative. After this project, Beat stayed and worked for three months in China, where he exhibited his works in the museum of contemporary art MOCA. Beat works on questions about borders, about the the translation of cultural codes, and asks himself how the task of artists can be reconciled with reality and multidisciplinarity.
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Philip Matesic

Philip Matesic (1983) is an American artist, living and working in Zürich, Switzerland. He earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008, where he researched and experimented extensively on social potentials of art. His social art practice includes the weekly organisation and moderation of Theory Tuesdays and Practical Fridays, along with a range of local and international community-based, participatory art projects.
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Beatrice Minda

was born in Munich, Germany. She studied art history in Munich and Visual Arts in Münster and Berlin. She has made several individual exhibitions in Europe, and has published several books including ‚Innenwelt: Fotografien aus Rumänien und aus dem Exil (Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2007)’.
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Shoghakat Mlke-Galstyan

Shoghakat Mlke-Galstyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. She is active as actress, dancer and art manager/art organizer. Her passion is the contemporary performing arts. She is the founder and soloist of the MIHR theatre, manager of the Tiezerk Band and lecturer at the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography. She is the author/director of projects in the USA, Germany, France, Cyprus, Georgia, Turkey, Russia, Armenia and other countries. In 2016 she received the honored Golden Medal from the Ministry of Culture of RA. In 2017 she attended successfully the CAS Arts and International Cooperation at the Zurich University of Arts.

neue Dringlichkeit

NEUE DRINGLICHKEIT (nD) is a Zurich-based art and performance collective. Within their work they perform a shift between the borders of ‘arts’, ‘politics’ and ‘life’. In alternating constellations the collective develops among other things workshops, interventions, festivals and theater projects. NEUE DRINGLICHKEIT evolved during a spontaneous art festival against xenophobia in Switzerland in 2010 at the ‘Department for Performance Art and Film’ at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
Their works have been shown at Venice Biennale of Architecture 2014; Favoriten Theater Festival, Dortmund 2014; Gessnerallee Zürich et al.
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Cat Tuong Nguyen

born in 1969 in Ban Me Thuot, Vietnam, lives and works in Zurich. His photographic works, installations and video-works have been shown in solo- and group exhibitions in Switzerland, Israel, USA, or Germany and received international awards.
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Raumlabor Berlin

Raumlabor are a group of architects based in Berlin, Germany. They came together in 1999 in response to the rapid and unrestrained development of the city following the fall of the Berlin wall. Their playful approach critiques this dominant mode of architectural production and tries to influence them. It proposes temporary projects that transform the urban landscape: pneumatic structures, submarines made out of waste materials, and half-serious projects such as building a mountain from the rubble produced through uncovering a buried canal are all part of their repertoire.
Working in between the fields of architecture and public art, Raumlabor, whose name means 'space laboratory', create projects based around events, performance and theatre. Primarily working in public space, they see the task of the architect as highlighting problems rather than solving them. Their projects try to open up a space of communication and negotiation, in which relations can be made and conflicts played out.
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Augustin Rebetez

Augustin Rebetez (born 1986, Switzerland) creates poetic worlds out of simple materials. His pictures, drawings, installations or stop-motion movies depict a tragicomical reality. The results plays to the creation of a visually playful, moving universe.
Since 2009, he has participated to numerous exhibitions, mostly in Europe but also in North America, South Korea, Nigeria, Mexico, Lebanon, India and Australia. He was awarded by PhotoFolio Review at the Rencontres d’Arles in France (2010), The Swiss Photo Award (2012), the Kiefer Hablitzel Prize (2012) and the Vevey International Photo Award (2013–2014).
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Anne Rochat

Anne Rochat is a Swiss video and performance artist who was born in 1982 in the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland. She studies art Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne, in 2010 she received the Swiss Art Award, 2012 the Kiefer Hablitzel Award. Since 2013 she teaches at the Art University of Geneva (Head) in the section Art/Action.
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Manel Salas

Manel Salas was born in Barcelona in 1980. He has taught and worked as a dancer internationally (China, Russia, Spain, Holland, France and Switzerland).
After his studies in Physical Education, Manel Salas started his artistic career as a dancer, teacher and hip-hop choreographer in Barcelona. Since then he has danced and taught as a freelancer in over 26 productions in different countries. He worked with Metros of Ramon Oller, the flamenco company Color, with Amy Raymond, an ex-Forsythe dancer and with Cobosmika dance company. As a performing artist, he discovered and studied mime, theater, improvisation, butho and acrobatic. In this context, he worked with the Chinese Paper Tiger theater company, Julyen Hamilton, Angels Margarit, David Zambrano, Editta Braun company, Arno Schuitemaker, Vloeistof, Jens Biederman, Jasmine Morand, Oliver Dahler and Corsing Gaudez.
In 2008 Manel Salas graduated from Codarts, the conservatory of the Rotterdam Dance Academy.

Nino Sekhniashvili

born in Tbilisi in 1979, she studies experimental sculpture with Rosemarie Trockel at the Düsseldorf Art Academy (2000–2002) and graphic reproduction at Tbilisi State Academy of Art (2002–2004). In her conceptually oriented work she uses different media. In 2005 she initiated the music project ‘Dario Radio’ together with Kate Siamashvili, since then she showed her works in numerous exhibitions in Georgia, Moscow and German speaking countries. She received fellowships from Akademie Schloss Solitude and Binz39, Zürich, among others. In 2012 Nino Sekhniashvili initiated the exhibition space Nectar in Tbilisi.
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Lidwien van de Ven

Born in the Netherlands, Lidwien van de Ven lives and works in Rotterdam and Berlin. Her photographs, installations, and videos have been shown in major international exhibitions, including the Sidney Biennial 2006, Documenta 12, and most recently in Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid. Lately Lidwien van de Ven was nominated for the 2014 Dolf Henkes Award in Rotterdam.
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Hajra Waheed

was born in Calgary, Canada and raised within the gated headquarters of Saudi Aramco, the largest transnational oil corporation in the world. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and obtained an MA at McGill University in 2007. She has regularly exhibited her works in shows across North America, in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Her works have been included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, and the British Museum, London. She currently lives and works in Montreal, Canada.
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Franziska Welti

the singer and voice-improviser was born in 1965 and lives and works in Winterthur and Berlin. Franziska Welti teaches voice classes at Konservatorium Winterthur and the choirs leads Singfrauen Winterthur and Singfrauen Berlin. She has been part of various world premieres and has collaborated with well-known ensembles in the field of new and early music; she has a brisk concert activity at home and abroad, among other places also in Georgia. Among other awards, Franziska Welti also received the Kulturpreis by the city of Winterthur (2009). In collaboration with artasfoundation Franziska Welti leads the workshops of the International Choir in Abkhazia (2017–2018) and in the Tavush region of Armenia (2018–2019).
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Andrea Wolfensberger

was born in 1961 in Zurich, studied from 1980 until 1984 at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Visuel in Geneva. In her sculptural and installative works she combines scientific abstraction with narrative poetry. Solo and group exhibitions mainly in Switzerland and Germany. Since 2004, Andrea teaches at the Bern University of the Arts.
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Partner Organisations

Aamta foundation, Suchum/i

Aamta foundations runs SKLAD – a cultural center in Sukhum/i focused on promoting contemporary art and various cultural activities such as filmscreenings, lectures, workshops etc. It strives to build international connections, involve the community and encourage local artists.
Social Media

Adami – Media Prize for Cultural Diversity in Eastern Europe

The Adami Media-Prize seeks to network journalists, filmmakers and media professionals in Eastern European countries and the Caucasus for the purpose of promoting interest in the media and cultural diversity in these regions.
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artlink, Switzerland

The office for cultural cooperation, artlink, is the Swiss centre of competence for arts and culture from Afrika, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. It documents, collaborates with and supports professional artists from these regions who are artistically active in Switzerland and promotes intercultural cooperation.
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Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, Brandeis Universität, USA

The Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts is affiliated with the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University. Its emphasis is on the contribution of culture and art to conflict transformation. Under the heading of Impact: Imagine together, it has initiated an international platform for art, culture and conflict transformation.
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Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre), Switzerland

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (the HD Centre) is an independent mediation organisation, based in Geneva. It is dedicated to improving the global response to armed conflict.
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Center for Security Studies (CSS), Switzerland

The Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich is engaged in the study of Swiss and international security studies. Its activities are structured into the four pillars of research, teaching, think tank, and the International Relations and Security Network (ISN).
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Culture and Management Lab, Georgia

The Culture and Management Lab is a Tbilisi (Georgia) based organization which is active in the field of arts and project management, education and consulting.
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Ettijahat – Independent Culture, Beirut

Ettijahat – Independent Culture is a Syrian cultural organisation founded at the end of 2011. In the process of cultural and social changes, Ettijahat seeks to activate and render the role of independent culture and arts more positive. It does this by supporting artists and undertakers of cultural initiatives, enabling young researchers, working to build consensus and alliances between individuals and cultural institutions, promoting the arts and artists through regional and international platforms, and helping Syrian communities wherever they are to have access to culture and arts.
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Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

The DRC is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation. It is providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations in 30 different countries.
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SDC, Switzerland

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. It is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.
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FDFA, Switzerland

Is the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation.
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Academy of Art and Design (FHNW)

The Art Academy of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland is located at the ‘Campus der Künste’ in Basel. It is active in research, and in the education of artists, designers and art educators.
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IDP Women's Union of Tskaltubo, Georgia

The IDP Women’s Union of Tskaltubo is a non-governmental, non-profit organization in the Imereti province of Georgia. It was founded by Lali Grigolava, and supports families who have been displaced in the secession war of Abkhazia and live in the town of Tskaltubo now.
Email Lali Grigolava

IMPACT

The Imagining Together Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation (IMPACT), is a worldwide, values-driven collaboration to design and activate strategies to strengthen the arts, culture and conflict transformation ecosystem. This includes individuals and organisations working on the international stage and in local neighborhoods, creating festivals and crafting policies, documenting practices and developing theories, enlivening communities and building bridges across differences.
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KOFF

The Centre for Peacebuilding (KOFF) is a dialogue, exchange and networking platform for peacebuilding organisations.
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Kunsthof Holm, Germany

Kunsthof Holm is a place for artistic exchange between people who are interested in (visual) art and in the connections between art and the challenges of the present: war and peace, the destruction of nature and the environment. Maren Haartje and Günther Baechler (both members of the artasfoundation advisory board) took over the farm in summer 2017.
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Landscapes of Hope

Landscapes of Hope is a network initiated by Action for Hope, a Lebanese NGO that, among other things, offers art-education in refugee settlements The network aims to reach beyond the realm of cultural organisations in order to connect civil society organizations across all sectors, and explore more general possibilities for working with art for bringing about effective social change in situations of distress.
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norient

The Independent Network for Local and Global Sounds and Media Culture focuses on experimental and urban music and music scenes all over the world. As an international platform it aims to understand and show the many and often contradictory faces of cultural globalization and localization through articles written by musicians, scholars and music journalists from Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the US.
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Ochamchyra Youth House, Ochamchyra

The Ochamchyra Youth House is a NGO, which organises further education and cultural activities for children and youth in the city of Ochamchyra on the Black Sea cost.
Email Selma Zantarya

Pro Helvetia

This foundation is mandated by the Swiss Confederation to promote artistic creation, foster cultural outreach and facilitate cultural exchange at home and with other countries.
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Society Biliki

Society Biliki is a non-governmental, non-profit organization. It was founded in May 1997, in Gori, a town in Shida Kartli province of Georgia and concentrates on working with children and youth from low-income families or with a refugee background.
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State Pedagogical University Yerevan (ASPU), Armenia

This state-supported university and institute of higher education located in Yerevan is specialized in pedagogy and the training of teaching personnel.
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swisspeace

The Swiss Peace Foundation is a practice-oriented peace research institute located in Bern. It analyzes the causes of violent conflicts in order to develop strategies for their peaceful transformation and supports Swiss and international actors in their peacebuilding activities.
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Zurich University of the Arts

The Zurich University of the Arts (Zurich, Switzerland) is one of Europe’s largest universities of the arts. It offers a unique range of programmes from further education opportunities to undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees in design, film, art, media, music, dance, theatre and art education.
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Center for Art and Peacebuilding (CAP)

The Center for Art and Peacebuilding (CAP) was founded in 2020 out of a joint initiative of artasfoundation and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). This new institutional framework was established with a long-term perspective. It stems from a partnership created in 2012 that has delivered over 20 projects.


Mission Statement of the CAP

Artistic initiatives for peaceful conflict resolution, personal encounters and mediation in situations of violence; artistic approaches to express social conflict; dealing with the past; the rebuilding of society in post-conflict regions – all such initiatives have been increasingly drawing attention in the fields of international cooperation and the arts.

The Centre for Art and Peacebuilding (CAP) is a common interface of Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and the Swiss foundation artasfoundation, which takes account of these developments.

The CAP is tasked with researching the potential of artistic contributions to transform violent conflicts, testing it in practice and discussing it with experts and the general public. It provides a space for international collaboration that fosters respectful cultural exchange on a level playing field.

The Centre for Art and Peacebuilding promotes the involvement of students, lecturers and researchers of ZHdK in its work, and interacts closely with the university's teaching and research. Based on this and on the project work of artasfoundation, the CAP can also work in partnership with programmes for art and peacebuilding of national and international organisations (e.g. the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (EDA), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)...) and related initiatives of other universities.

The four working fields of the CAP

1. Practical work in conflict regions: lecturers and students of the ZHdK carry out art projects in regions of conflict together with experienced staff from artasfoundation. Universities and artists from these regions are included as partners in these projects, for learning from one another stands as an essential part of the programme. This will result in new impulses for social reconstruction in these regions and practical experience in fair international cooperation across all economic and cultural differences, bringing tools to young people that will help them cope with the current global challenges.

2. Higher education: Some of the above-mentioned art projects are part of the curriculum of the BA and MA Studies of the ZHdK. In addition, the CAP is running a certificate of advanced studies course as part of the further education programme of the ZHdK.

3. Research: Artistic contributions are increasingly gaining recognition in practical peacebuilding. However, little systematic research has been carried out in this field and guidelines about international best-practice are yet to be defined. The CAP's academic framework allows for (individual) research projects as well as long-term comparative studies.

4. Cooperation and network: As a Swiss institution, the CAP is not only working with local institutions in the fields of art and peacebuilding but also with the Geneva-based organisations of the UN. Furthermore, it offers a Western European hub for a worldwide network of practitioners and organisations working with art in conflict regions.

Team and contact

Dagmar Reichert (Executive Director artasfoundation)
dagmar.reichert@artasfoundation.ch
Sandra Frimmel (Project Manager artasfoundation)
sandra.frimmel@artasfoundation.ch
Bettina Ganz (Head International Office ZHdK)
bettina.ganz@zhdk.ch

Finances and Controls

artasfoundation is an operating foundation financed by grants and private contributions, which initiates its own projects. It is not an awarding foundation and does not process unsolicited applications for support from other parties.

artasfoundation discloses its project partners and sponsorship. It ensures that its donors give their support free of political obligations and without imposing conditions on the artistic work.

Financial or operative support
We wish to thank the following persons and institutions who have made valuable contributions to our projects.

Persons

Andreas and Brigitte Albicker, Evelyne Albin, Renate Amuat, Therese Augsburger and Jürg Spörri, Günther Bächler, Daniel Baumann, Barbara Berger Schindler, Martina Bernasconi, Charlotte Bhattarai, Regula Bibus-Waser, Eva Bischofberger, Rezio Blass, Marianne Bleuler-Herzog, Peter Bleuler, Astrid Bodisch, Giovanni Borrelli, Daniela Brunner, Heidi Burkhardt-Hollinger, Jean-Marie Clarke, Catherine David, Jaques Diday-Baumann, Ursina Dorer, Renato Duckeck, Mireille Eberhard, Penelope Eberhart Freeman, Fabio Eiselin Wenger, Johanna Ensinger, Rita Frey Schuppisser, Yvonne Fahrni, Silvia Flachsmann, Katharina Flieger, Doris Füllemann, Christian Fürholz, Patrick Gamba, Bettina Ganz Gorgi, Gianni Garzoli, Simon Gaus, Stefan Gerster, Hans Rudolf Glatz, Ursina B. Gloor Weisskopf, Peter Goop, Mariann Grawe, Dr. Konrad Grimm-Kistler, Thomas Gutmann, Jürg and Mirjam Häubi-Sieber, Corinne Haffter Schaffner, Regula Hatt-Suter, Angela Hausheer, Trix and Robert Heberlein, Thomas Heimann, Claus Hipp, Esther Barbara Honegger, Hermann Huber-Bossert, Helene Esther Huldi, Ioannis and Dorothea Iglezakis, Ilya and Marina Karlin, Clare Kenny, Franziska Koch, Silvia Koenig Koellreutter, Heinrich König, Maia and Stefan Kraft, Heidi Kramer, Silvia Kraus-Billeter, Simone Kriesemer, Patrick Kull, Corina Lang, Regula Langemann, Maria Larsson, Andreas Lauber, Sigrid Launois-Meyer, Sandro Lunin, Stefanie and Peter Lüthy, Françoise Marcuard, Cornelia Markovic-Leu, Philip Matesic, Sandra Mazzoni, Oskar Meyer, Evelyne Monney, Cyrus Mosayebi, Regula Muchenberger, Nicole Müller, Martin Naegelin, Danielle Nanchen, Geneviève Nanchen-Lucette, Beatrice Naville, Nadine Naville, Ursula Peters, Linda Pfenninger, Theresia Elisabeth Pfluger, Elodie Pong, Dorothea von Rechenberg, Nanni Reinhart Schinz, Isabel Roman-Karajan, Hans Roth-Rohner, Eliane Rutishauser, Liliane Ryser, Andrea Saemann, Karin Saemann, Lilian Saemann, Martina Schäfer Läser, Bigna Schaffner, Marina Schindler, Peter Schindler, Meret Schlegel, Elisabeth Schmid Kläui, Barbara Schneider, Doris Beate Lux Schnitter, Marcel Schwald, Markus Schwander, Beat Siegrist, Peter Sprenger, Rudolf Stocker, Robert Strebel, Angela Stupp, Marianne Theis, Alice Thomann, Christine Thomann-Hatt, Ruth Tippe, Tanuja Thurairajah, Oleg Tkatch, Gisela Ullmann-Jungfer, Philip and Verena Urner-Diggelmann, Marianne Vogler, Barbara von Reibnitz, Thomas and Elisabeth von Salis, Brigit Wehrli Schindler, Franziska Welti, Andrea Wolfensberger, Bettina Z’Rotz, Brigitta Züst, Mara Züst, Susanna Züst

Update: January 2021

Institutions

Abteilung Menschliche Sicherheit (AMS) des Eidgenössischen Departements für auswärtige Angelegenheiten (EDA)
Bayer (Schweiz) AG
Caran d’Ache AG
Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit (DEZA)
Drosos Stiftung
Fair Future Foundation
Fondation Olympique pour la culture et le Patrimoine
Fondation Smartpeace
Georgischer Förderverein
Gerda Techow Gemeinnützige Stiftung
Gruppenpraxis Paradies
Guido Feger Stiftung
H.E.M. Stiftung
Heinrich Böll Stiftung
Isabell und Dr. Friedrich Vogel-Stiftung
Kulturabteilung der Stadt Zürich
Max Kohler Stiftung
MP Amministrazioni Immobiliari
Organisation für Sicherheit und Zusammenarbeit in Europa (OSZE), Task Force
Plakatgesellschaft Basel
Pro Concepta Zug AG
Reformierte Kirchgemeinde Erlenbach
RHW-Stiftung
Schweizer Kulturstiftung Pro Helvetia
Schweizerische Interpreten Stiftung (SIS)
Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung
Stiftung Corymbo
Stiftung Dr. Jacques Edwin Brandenberger
Stiftung Mercator Schweiz
Thomas Abegg Stiftung für Geist und Kultur
Valüna Stiftung
Verein Stroh zu Gold
Von Duhn Stiftung
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

Update: January 2021


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