Engage!

Les arts contemporains sont curieux de par nature, incisifs, par conséquent ils sont engagés dans la lutte.

Nous avons mis sous le feu des projecteurs les projets artistiques qui remettent en question ce que nous considérons comme acquis. Nous nous intéressons tout particulièrement aux pratiques qui tournent autour de la politique, la guerre, l’environnement, la migration, les genres, les crises économiques et d’autres sujets urgents qui assombrissent la réalité d’aujourd’hui.

En outre, nous tenons à attirer l’attention sur des exemples d’injustice flagrante, et à stimuler la réflexion autour du thème de la liberté d’expression des artistes.

Elenq
Who Are We? This is the question that London’s Tate is asking at its free six day cross-platform event spanning the visual arts, film, photography, design, architecture, the spoken and written word and live art.
The plaza in front of the one of the festival theatres. Nitra, Slovakia.
jamiegahlon
While I grew up during the fall of the Soviet Union, it’s important to acknowledge that Western anti-communist propaganda and the lingering effects of the Cold War kept me distanced from any realistic notion of life and culture in Eastern Europe.
Joris JANSSENS
Between 6 and 9 October, Flanders Arts Institute, together with a substantial delegation of artists and arts organisations from Flanders and Brussels, took part in the IETM Satellite Meeting in Beirut. A Satellite Meeting is a smaller gathering of the IETM network, each time with a focus on a specific theme and/or region.
Poster of When Swallows Cry, play by Mike Van Graan
Elena DI FEDERICO
"To be a writer does not require race essentialism and/or racial solidarity; it requires human empathy."
Nan van Houte
From 26 to 29 January, IETM organised a Caravan meeting in Tehran, coincided and partly hosted by the Fajr International Festival. Since we preferred to meet with a broader slice of the performing arts scene, especially the ‘independent’ artists and those forced to work ‘underground’, our daytime programme was compiled by several partners in Tehran.
Salzburg Global Seminar
Elenq
The role of the arts and cultural sector and resilience is being discussed by Salzburg Global Seminar at the session The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage, and Renewal. Fellows at this session have a vast amount of experience in their fields. Here are a few of their thoughts.
Tazreen
KevinDOYLE
Last year I was the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Asian Cultural Council in New York that enabled me to live and work in Dhaka, Bangladesh from October to December 2016. My project was to research the garment factory industry by focusing upon women who survived the 2012 Tazreen Factory Fire.
fbittencourt
What will the Trump administration mean for arts, culture and entertainment? How bleak — or not — is the outlook for everything? Will Congress, solidly under total Republican control, actually follow through on their decades-long threat to defund the National Endowment for the Arts?
From the first reading of When Swallows Cry at the Market Theatre in August, 2016. Photo: Courtesy of Mike van Graan
Elena DI FEDERICO
Is there still room for theatre to be political? Does it relate to any kind of profound and effective radicalism or is it all just another item in the structures of the capitalist economy?
jesus.carnerero
City Shadows is a project initiated by Mahatat for contemporary art in the 2015 Idea Camp and it is supported by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and the Drosos Foundation. This toolkit is a part of a series of publications that document Mahatat’s practices and experimentations in transforming public spaces through art interventions. Through exploring numerous unused spaces, both abandoned and inaccessible to inhabitants of Egypt’s cities, the project aims to tackle a problem faced by youth and independent artists alike: the difficulty to find spaces to express their views and showcase...

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