panel discussion | ART MATTERS | practices and agency in contemporary arts in post-migrant societies

Dec 12, 2017 19:00 - 21:00 UTC
iac Berlin Community Space, Linienstraße 65A, 10119 Berlin, Germany

In this panel discussion we will exchange about practices and agency in contemporary arts and their relation to activism and agency-building in post-migrant societies. 

The art field offers transcultural environments and a range of possibilities for performing citizenship and rights that are going beyond common policies of belonging to nation-states. Being aware of the potential of arts practices in challenging inequalities and engaging for active involvement in the public sphere, we question:

How can we encourage actors in the arts and beyond to practice in self-organised, community-based and activist-like ways? How can we build up both sustainable and flexible alliances and collaborations that have open access? How can we facilitate intersectoral strategies in this agency process? How can we interact within specific localities?

The panel discussion is joined by Napuli Paul Langa (human rights activist, Berlin), Khaled Barakeh (artist, Berlin), Mary Ann DeVlieg (arts rights advisor and facilitator, Venice) and Agnieszka Kilian (curator and researcher, Berlin/Krakow).

The panel is held in English.

The panel is part of ART MATTERS, a forum with a workshop series to exchange about contemporary arts practices, experiences and visions in post-migrant societies from a transcultural perspective. 


About the speakers

Khaled Barakeh was born in 1976 in a suburb of Damascus and is currently based in Berlin. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus, Syria in 2005, completed his MFA at Funen Art Academy in Odense, Denmark in 2010 and finished his Meisterschüler at the Städel Academy of Art in Frankfurt/Main, Germany in 2013. During his stay in Europe, Khaled, originally trained as a painter, has developed a stronger concentration on conceptual art practices. Today, he works in a variety of media, focusing on current and pertinent issues, often revolving around politics and power structures in the context of identity, culture and history. Khaled, together with Wasim Ghrioui, is a teacher for the Refugee Class at the Berlin's University of Arts, helping the integration of refugee artists into Berlin’s fine art scene. He has recently started a new initiative called Syria Cultural Index, dedicated to mapping and connecting the Syrian artistic community around the globe and showcasing their work to a wider audience.

Napuli Paul Langa is a human rights activist based in Berlin and born in Sudan. She studied Development Studies at the University of Ahfad (Sudan) and Art & Development Studies at Cavendish University in Kampala (Uganda) and worked at the Sudanese organization for Nonviolence and Development (SONAD). In 2012 she became part of the self-organised refugee movement, also known for its protest camp at Oranienplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg. With her engagement for the rights of refugees, migrant communities and women she’s a figurehead in Germany and beyond.

Mary Ann DeVlieg is an independent consultant, group facilitator, trainer and speaker. She is a founding member of IARA, International Arts Rights Advisors. She evaluates international cultural collaboration projects, programmes and policies for the European Commission's development and science programmes and private foundations. Since 2010, she has been protecting and defending the human rights of artists-at-risk. Mary Ann founded the EU working group Arts-Rights-Justice, was freeDimensional’s Director of Strategic Development (2013 – 2015), and is a co-founder of the Arts-Rights-Justice Academy, University of Hildesheim. She is the Secretary General of IETM (1994-2013), the largest international network for contemporary performing arts. She founded/co-founded and the Roberto Cimetta Fund for Mobility in the Mediterranean. In 2006, she was awarded the EU Individual Prize for services to artists’ mobility, and in 2017, the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France. Currently, she is a Board member of Highlight Arts UK and Ettijahat Independent Culture Lebanon.

Agnieszka Kilian is an independent curator and researcher with juridical background based in Berlin and Krakow. She graduated from curatorial studies (Jagiellonian University) and law studies (Cologne University/Gdańsk University). She develops projects concerning collaborative structures, especially those shaping new forms of knowledge, driven by clashes of various practices and poetics. In her projects she often reflects upon questions of individual’s rights in their economic and political contexts. She is also a member of the Berlin-based association, nGbK, where she has recently co-curated the exhibition and programme of talks,Dreams & Dramas. Law as Literature. In 2017 she was selected by Tate Modern to participate in Tate Intensive Programme. 
Exhibitions and art projects she curated and co-curated include: Controlled Image (Mamuta Art and Media Center, Jerusalem, 2010), Rękawiczki Jeffa Koonsa / Jeff Koon’s Gloves (CCA Kronika, Bytom, 2012) with a publication under the same title, End of Time (Kunsthaus Dresden, 2015), Text and Its Performance (Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, 2016). Agnieszka is currently working on a reader dedicated to law seen from cultural and economic perspectives as editor of social ties.


ART MATTERS is curated and organised by Virág Major, Hannah Marquardt and Christine Rahn and funded in framework of the activities of the Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network.

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