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Art at Risk – Conference 2020

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Photo: Evan Ruetsch

Art at Risk – Creative Work in Challenging Contexts – Conference 2020
Feb. 27th to 29th 2020 – ZHdK, Toni Areal, Zürich

Bringing together practicing artists from all around the world and representatives of organisations that are active in international cooperation (in the fields of culture, development cooperation, peace-building, humanitarian aid, or diplom­acy), it offered a forum for practitioners that are – in different positions – concerned with socially engaged art, art in challenging contexts, or art and conflict transformation.

The program was based on workshops and discussion groups and focused on three subjects:

  • Risks for artists: Prosecution, threats, and violence against individuals who express themselves artistically, and actions against institutions who host or support artists.
  • Risk for art: Instrumentalisation of art, restrictions of artistic freedom, silencing artistic expression, censorship.
  • Art and creativity as a resource in challenging contexts: Contribution of art to a strengthening of the civil society and democracy, to countering fundamentalism, contribution of art to peaceful conflict resolution or towards addressing conflicts related to climate change.

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Partner

Concept
Dagmar Reichert (artasfoundation)

Project Management
Dagmar Reichert (artasfoundation)

Partner organisations
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Culture and Development Team
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Dossier International

Organisation
Anna Fatyanova and Olivia Jaques (Artist Support), Btihal Remli (Coordination), Evan Ruetsch (Photography), Sandra Suter (Administration)

Press relations
Barbara Ellenberger