Assisting Artists whose Freedom and Lives are at Risk
ARTISTS at RISK (AR) is a non-profit organisation (equivalency determination as a 501c-3) active at the intersection of human rights and the arts. Since 2013, AR has built a mondial network of arts and non-profits, municipalities, states and international organizations to assist, relocate and fund artists who are at risk of persecution, oppression or fleeing war or terror. AR hosted artists in 26 locations in 19 countries globally, prior to the Ukraine war. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, currently over 500 hosting institutions have joined the platform across Europe in order relocate and support the over 1600 art practitioner at risk from Ukraine, and 330 dissident artists at risk of persecution, imprisonment, torture or worse from Russia and Belarus. Most of these have signed up via our forms (found here or on our front page), and AR has also recently launched cooperation with the Swedish SWAN network, UNESCO and other national and regional residency networks, such as the breakthrough partnership with the German national network of the Goethe Institute.
AR has assisted numerous persecuted, threatened or imprisoned artists over almost 10 years of activity, including Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, the Vietnamese singer, artist, and political activist Mai Khoi, Egyptian poet Galal El-Behairy or Kurdish artists such as Barıs Seyitvan.
See our full list of AR-Artists and alumni here.
AR is dedicated to supporting persecuted art practitioners, facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin, hosting them at AR-Residences and curating related projects, including the AR Pavilion.
Artists, writers, curators, critics and scholars are often targets of politically motivated threats and persecution all over the world. Perpetuum Mobile (PM) initiated Artists at Risk (AR) as a platform and network to support these art practitioners in times of need. This encompasses enabling their safe exit from their country of origin, procuring travel documents, providing legal assistance, and matching them with “AR-Residences”.
In coordination with partners and other networks, we are building a horizontal network of AR-Safe Havens around the world, as a global advocate for art practitioners at risk. Since 2013, the AR network has grown to over 26 AR-Residences across 19 countries – from Finland, Germany and Spain to Tunisia and the Ivory Coast. These residences offer temporary relocation for artists facing persecution or imprisonment for exercising their right to freedom of expression. The programme has assisted artists from Afghanistan, Egypt, Kenya, Syria, Vietnam, Kenya and Turkey among other countries.
Artists at Risk (AR)’s umbrella organization, Perpetuum Mobile (PM), also curates events, conferences and the dedicated “AR Pavilion” which showcases the artistic practices of AR-Residents.
In 2016, Artists at Risk (AR) and Perpetuum Mobile were honoured by the European Parliament with the CIVI EUROPAEO PRAEMIUM (the European Citizen’s Prize). Artists at Risk (AR) was also awarded the Thematic State Prize of Finland in 2017 and was featured on the first SUBSTANCE 100 list in 2020.
One of our Artists at Risk (AR)-Residencies, Safe Haven Helsinki, won the Annual Art Act Award in 2016.
Artists at Risk (AR) was co-founded by Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky (in alternating order) of Perpetuum Mobile (PM).
Artists at Risk (AR)’s work is supported by an International Advisory Council presently made up of Maria Alyokhina (Pussy Riot), Helge Lunde (Executive Director, ICORN) and Ehsan Fardjadniya (Artist and Activist).
Our Team (for security reasons, not all staff is named)
Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen (in alternating order), Co-Founders and Directors
Artists at Risk (AR) Secretariat
Ha Nguyen, Residency and Communications Assistant
Teresa Retzer, Coordinator
Power Ekroth, Coordinator in cooperation with the Swedish SWAN Network
João Bernardino, IT and Internet presence
Haohao Liu, Residency and Communications Assistant (intern)
Kaarina Forsblom, Accountant (F-Tiili oy, chartered accountants)
AR web template by: Ciaran Gaffey with IS
AR logo design: IS with Tzortzis Rallis
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Artists at Risk (AR) is an initiative of Perpetuum Mobile ry
Perpetuum Mobile ry is a non-profit association registered in Finland
Association ID: 2511712-5
Address: Nordenskiöldinkatu 5 C 69
Co-Directors: Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen (in alternating order)
Board members: Sari Paronen (Chairperson), Ray Langenbach (Vice-Chairperson) Laura Horelli (Treasurer)
Phone: +358407254050 +358 440 965 103
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