Artists at Risk Pavilion Artists. Risks. Humans. Rights UNESCO Venice Biennale April 17 – May 16 2024

Artists at Risk Pavilion
Artists. Risks. Humans. Rights.
with the support of UNESCO
April 17–May 16, 2024
Preview launch: April 17–19
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UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe
Palazzo Zorzi
Castello 4930
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The Artists at Risk Pavilion with the support of UNESCO is a celebration of artists and cultural professionals who risk their lives on the frontlines of artistic freedom and human rights. An exhibition and discursive programme at the intersection of the arts and human rights, the AR Pavilion will feature art, discursive panels and networking events for and by residents, alumni, partners and those who stand in solidarity with Artists at Risk (AR), the global residency programme for artists at high risk.

This  edition of the AR-Pavilion holds particular significance as it marks the 10th anniversary of Artists at Risk (AR). Artists at Risk (AR) has relocated over 850 (principal) artists and art professionals together with over 300 hosting partners around the world in its first, intense decade.

Blast the colours of the rainbow
Eyes unflinching
Flipping fingers
Tongues all out.
Get up, Stand up..

and face the corollary:

Pitch-black solitary.
Eyes for snipers
Whole hands, off
Cut the tongues
Necks on blocks.

Where would you go if the world fell apart?

The Artists at Risk Pavilion with the support of UNESCO—Artists. Risks. Humans. Rights. is curated by Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky, the co-directors of Artists at Risk (AR) and co-founders of Perpetuum Mobile (PM).

Artists in the pavilion: Said Ahmed Mohamed Ali, visual artist, Tunis/Khartoum Suva Deepdas, multi-disciplinary artist, Helsinki/Shillong Meghalaya Kholod Hawash, textile artist, Helsinki/Basra Saddam Jumaily, artist, Helsinki/Basra Nikita Kravtsov, artist, Paris/Kyiv Damian Le Bas, Sr.,artist, Gypsyland/Worthing (1963–2017) Delaine Le Bas, artist, Worthing Nkosilathi Emmanuel Moyo, activist and poet, Kweke Issa Touma, photographer and filmmaker, Aleppo Mirwais Rekaib, film director, Hamburg/Kabul Barış Seyitvan, artist and curator, Berlin/Diyarbakir Aws Zubaïdy, dancer, actor and dancer, actor and dancer, Verscio/Bethlehem

Full programme
NB Guests will not be able to attend without registration via due to UNESCO security measures and limited seating

Brunch: April 18, 10am–12:30pm
with UNESCO Paris, Finnish Minister of Culture, DG Swedish Arts Council (by invitation only)

Opening words: April 19, 3pm
with Magdalena Landry (UNESCO), Kajsa Ravin (Director General, Swedish Arts Council)  and Marja Karttunen (Saastamoinen Foundation)

Panel discussions
chaired by the Directors of Artists at Risk (AR), Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen

Panel one: 3:20pm
Joseph Bikanda (Defend Defenders, Kampala), Romana Cacchioli (PEN International), Elisabet Goula Sardà (CCCB), Timea Junghaus (ERIAC, Berlin), Hito Steyerl (filmmaker/artist, Berlin), Issa Touma (photographer/filmmaker, Aleppo)

Aws Zubaïdy, actor and dancer, Verscio/Bethlehem

Panel two: 4:30pm
Anaïs Chagankerian (UNESCO, Paris), Elyla (performance artist/activist, Chontales),  Nikita Kravtsov (artist, Kyiv/Paris), Nkoshilathi Moyo (human rights activist/poet), Simon Mraz (Austria Kultur International), Margit Rosen (ZKM, Karlsruhe), Kweke), Barış Seyitvan (artist, curator, Berlin/Diyarbakir)

Reception and concert: 5pm
FO SHO (Ukrainian-Ethiopian hip-hop trio)
Opening words by Kaisa Rönkkö (Finnish Arts Promotion Center), Theresa Lekberg (SWAN-Swedish Artist Residency Network), Tessa Giller (Prince Claus Foundation)

Artists at Risk (AR) is operated by Perpetuum Mobile ry (PM), a nonprofit association at the intersection of human rights and the arts. Since 2013, AR has grown to become a truly mondial network supporting artists facing persecution, oppression, or fleeing conflict or terror. Artists at Risk (AR) is coordinated by the 10-20 member AR-Secretariat anchored in Helsinki. Following an outpouring of solidarity and growing international renown in past years, securing funding is once again a key challenge.

UNESCO does not endorse any product, service, brand or company.

This event is part of Artists at Risk (AR)—A European Network of Safe Havens, with AR, ZKM, CCCB and Artveda, a Creative Europe project co-funded by the EU.

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