Programme – AR Pavilion Venice 2024

17 April – 16 May, 2024
UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Palazzo Zorzi, Castello 4930, 30122 Venice

ARTISTS in the Pavilion

About the artists

  • Said Ahmed Mohamed Ali, visual artist, Tunis/Khartoum
  • Suva, multi-disciplinary artist, Helsinki/Shillong Meghalaya
  • Kholod Hawash, textile artist, 2024 Venice Nordic Pavilion, 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, Zimbabwe
  • Issa Touma, photographer and filmmaker, Aleppo
  • Mirwais Rekaib, film director, Hamburg/Kabul
  • Barış Seyitvan, artist and curator, Berlin/Diyarbakir
  • Aws Zubaïdy, actor and dancer, Verscio HV/Bethlehem

The ARTISTS AT RISK PAVILION with the support of UNESCO—Artists. Risks. Humans. Rights.
Curated by
Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky
Co-directors of Artists at Risk (AR) and co-founders of Perpetuum Mobile (PM).

BRUNCH 18th April, 10am – 12.30pm

About the speakers


  • Mrs. Kajsa Ravin, Director General of the Swedish Arts Council 
  • Mr. Ernesto Ottone Ramirez, Assistant Director-General, UNESCO (video address)
  • Her Excellency Sari Multala, Finnish Minister of Science and Culture

PAVILION OPENING 19th April, 3pm

About the speakers


  • Magdalena Landry, Director of UNESCO Office in Venice
  • Kajsa Ravin, Director General of the Swedish Arts Council
  • Marja Karttunen, Saastamoinen Foundation
  • Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen, Co-Founders and Co-Directors of Artists at Risk (AR).

PANEL 1, 3.20pm

Artists and Institutions: United against Authoritarianism and for Human Rights?

  • Romana Cacchioli, Executive Director, PEN International
  • Elyla, performance artist/activist, Chontales
  • Nkoshilathi Moyo, activist-poet and human rights defender, Kweke
  • Simon Mraz, co-founder State of the Art(ist), a project by Ars Electronica and Austrian Foreign Ministry
  • Margit Rosen, Head of Collections, Archives and Research at ZKM, Karlsruhe
  • Barış Seyitvan, artist and curator, Berlin/Diyarbakir
Performance by Aws Zubaïdy, actor and dancer, Verscio /Bethlehem.

PANEL 2, 4.30pm

Art in the Age of Conflict and (Dis)Information

    • Said Ahmed Mohamed Alhassan, visual artist, Khartoum
    • Anaïs Chagankerian, UNESCO, Paris
    • Elisabet Goula Sardà, CCCB
    • Timea Junghaus, ERIAC, Berlin
    • Hito Steyerl, filmmaker/writer, Berlin
    • Issa Touma, photographer/filmmaker, Aleppo
    • Mahnaz Jarchi, screenwriter and audiovisual producer

The panels are chaired by the Co-Directors of Artists at Risk (AR).


OPENING with guests of honour
  • Kaisa Rönkkö, Chairperson, Finnish Arts Promotion Centre – Taike
  • Tessa Giller, Prince Claus Foundation (TBC)
  • Theresa Lekberg, SWAN-Swedish Artist Residency Network

FO SHO, Ukrainian-Ethiopian hip-hop trio
Ukraine’s Semi-Finalist for the Eurovision nomination!

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