ARTIVAL TALKS: SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY IN THE NORDIC ARTS AND CULTURE SECTOR
WHEN: Thursday 12 October, 17:00 – 18:30 (UTC +3) Finnish time
This conversation will be held online and is open to the public via registration.
In this talk we bring together cultural practitioners, activists and human rights experts to reflect on the state of human rights and anti-discrimination in the cultural sector in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. The goal of the session is to identify the areas for improvement and provide actionable recommendations for how these challenges can be addressed.
This is an online interactive discussion moderated/guided by Nicol Savinetti, Founder and Director of IMMART
Ronni Abergel (DK) is a journalist, human rights educator and social change activist. Ronni is the Founder and Director of the Human Library Organization. He is the co-founder of the Danish association Stop Volden (Stop The Violence) which aims to combat violence among youth, and is where the Human Library was born.The HLO is dedicated to ensuring a global implementation of the Human Library as a learning platform, operational on six continents. HLO host or are involved in activities in more than 80 countries and work with some of the larger brands in the world, helping them with their diversity and inclusion efforts.
Macarena Dusant (SE) is an independent art historian, editor and writer and my work focuses mainly on power structures, the notion of the public realm and mechanisms of exclusion within western contemporary art. She has published books and texts about migrated artists, the diaspora experience and conditions as part of the racialization processes in the Swedish art field as well as texts on public art and the public sphere, and was previously part of the editorial group Kultwatch.se, an online platform for the arts and intersectional cultural analysis founded in 2014. Macarena has been involved in different independent cultural and artistic organizations, working mainly with art collectives. She strives to be an important public voice challenging whiteness and hierarchies in the Swedish art field.
Alexandr Foy (FI) is the chairperson for Globe Art Point and currently works as a Multilingual Supervisor at the City of Helsinki. He describes himself as a “A passionate agent of change, professional networker and communicator, pragmatic organizer” who fights for human rights, equality and social inclusion. Alexandr is the co-founder and current Chairperson of Svenska.fi, an association of foreigners who integrate in Swedish in Finland. He is a member of the board of Tigern rf – a Swedish speaking cultural association, and publisher of Ny Tid magazine. Alexandr is also the co-founder, a board member and the main producer of Tochka.fi – a russian-speaking lifestyle media and event-agency based in Helsinki.
Marianne Berger Marjanovic (NO) is Senior Advisor for Cultural Policy and for Gender Equality and LGBTI-issues in the Nordic Council of Ministers since 2019. Prior to that, she was working at Arts Council Norway for seven years at the Department for research and development, involved in projects related to cultural economy, visual art, theater and dance, music, museums, literature and cultural policy research. She has been involved in international cultural cooperation such as UNESCO, IFACCA and the Council of Europe. For four years she was representing Norway in the Enlarged Partial Agreement on European Cultural Routes. Marjanovic holds a master’s in art history from the University in Oslo.
Sune Skadegaard Thorsen is Denmark’s authority on the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, the only globally recognized human rights due diligence management system. Sune is also the Founder, CEO and Partner of GlobalCSR, and a member of the IMMART Advisory Board.
ABOUT ARTIVAL TALKS
ARTIVAL Talks are organised by IMMART, Nordic Culture Point and Globe Art Point as a part of ARTIVAL RE:CONNECT – a Nordic multilingual cultural festival taking place across the Nordic region in 2023. The festival brings a widely diverse array of actors together in a sustainable manner to co-create and reflect on issues of inclusion and belonging with exhibitions, performances, talks, workshops, recitals, and more, at a time when many of us around the globe are striving to reconnect, to ourselves, our families, and our communities in one way or another.
The Talks are a collection of live-streamed and virtual discussions, debates and conversations on the themes of ARTIVAL which places artists, the artistic process and advocacy at the center. The main aim of ARTIVAL Talks, which began in May 2023, is to facilitate gaining a clearer understanding of different processes, perspectives and viewpoints that exist in Nordic artscapes, by bringing artists, cultural workers, activists, human rights experts, public officials and civil society together to exchange ideas and share experiences of their successes (and failures), good (and bad) practices, and the opportunities (and challenges) present in the broad landscape of the Nordic arts and cultural sector.
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE TALKS
27 May – A Call to Reconnect, Copenhagen DK
24 August – Writing Process and Practice, Helsinki, FI
1 September – Conducting Political Advocacy, Helsinki, FI
28 September – Curating Across Cultures, online
12 October – Social Sustainability, online
26 October – Art, Mobility and Migration, Helsinki, FI
All talks will be livestreamed and available for viewing after the event.
Read about ARTIVAL at immart.dk/artival2023.