Jour Fixe – Art in Conflict

18. September 2024, 17.15 h CET 
Theaterhaus Gessnerallee, Gessnerallee 8, 8001 Zurich

Reading Group and Discussion with Cindy Horst, Research Professor in Migration and Refugee Studies and Co-Director of PRIO Centre on Culture, Conflict and Co-existence in Oslo

The discussion is held in English. The event will take place in the artasfoundation office as well as online on Zoom. To sign up for the Zoom link, please, e-mail us by the day before the event. 

This event is part of a monthly series that is organised by the CAP, a joint initiative of artasfoundation and the ZHdK. If you wish to be regularly informed about the agenda each month, please, sign up for our Jour Fixe invitation list here

The further dates will be communicated here by the end of June 2024. 

Art and Social Transformation Lab 

For its first international activity in the Living Room, artasfoundation invites artists, art educators, researchers, and cultural practitioners in an Open Call to join a seven-day laboratory on art and social transformation. The laboratory is designed as a learning and experimenting space for 12 participants to create artistic practices engaging with communities, encouraging them to take control of their lives and deal with past, present and future struggles through creative methods. To apply, please follow this link.

Lab time: 6. – 12. August, 2024 
Location: The Living Room – Arshakunyats 26, 0023, Yerevan 
Application Deadline: June 30th, 2024; 23.59 CET 

CAS Further Education course Arts and International Cooperation

CAS Arts and International Cooperation brings together professionals in arts practice, peace building activists, project managers from international organisations. Through theoretical concepts and practical exercises you will engage in joint discussions and exchange with experienced lecturers. A central element of the course is a study trip to actual art projects in fragile contexts. 


From the current circular

Intense political, social, and humanitarian upheavals, including authoritarian regimes, wars, conflicts, and economic disparities mark many regions worldwide. These conditions force millions of people, including artists, to migrate and seek refuge in safer regions, dealing with the harsh realities of displacement and transforming into artists in exile. They must redefine their artistic practices within unfamiliar cultural contexts while coping with the difficult experiences they often carry to their new realities.
In 2023, we invited six artists in exile to three-month periods of exchange and cooperation in Zurich. This year, we initiated the Tbilisi Crossroads Art Residency, aiming to bring together 12 local and international artists residing in Georgia, possibly from conflicting regions, living in their parallel worlds alongside the local cultural scene, with minimal interaction between them.
Art in exile is a field that demands attention and care, both academically and in practice. It raises many questions: What relations do artists maintain with their countries of origin, and what role do displaced artists play in their new context? Do they speak the same language? Will the new environment allow them to continue their artistic practice, or will the change lead to an inner crisis and block their artistic expression? Does their art correspond to the aesthetics audiences in the new context are trained to receive? Do they have access to funding possibilities, or are they excluded from the cultural and art systems? These are questions that we at artasfoundation continue to explore thematically through various projects.

1artasfoundation would like to underline that its use of names and titles particularly in regards to conflict regions should not be understood as implying any form of recognition or non-recognition by the foundation or as having any other political connotation whatsoever.