Documentation: LIFT panel debate

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THURSDAY, 18.10.2018, 13.15, LIVE STAGE

From the programme:

“What is the state of political arts and freedom of speech in Europe?”

​”Artists, writers, curators, critics and scholars are targets of politically motivated threats and persecution in great parts of the world. Perpetuum Mobile initiated Artists at Risk as a platform and network to support these art practitioners in times of need. Artists at Risk is an institution at the intersection of human rights and the arts. It is dedicated to mapping the field of persecuted visual art practitioners, facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin, hosting them at seven residencies around Europe. Artists at Risk develops cooperation-programmes with artist-in-residency centres, art unions, cities and human-rights networks which help provide artists at risk a safe place of temporary relocation.

The European Parliament honoured Perpetuum Mobile with the CIVI EUROPAEO PRAEMIUM (the European Citizen’s Prize) for Artists at Risk in 2016. Safe Haven (Artists at Risk residency in Helsinki) won the Annual Art Act Award in 2016 and the Thematic State Prize of Finland in 2017.

Are artists becoming activists, and how is this influencing what we consider as art? What is the state of freedom of speech and the arts as a tool with political influence? At LIFT the curators Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky share their perspective to the changing atmosphere of arts in politics from an European point of view. They are joining the LIFT Live stage for the discussion “Art, Politics, & Inclusion” together with Start Up Refugees.