ARTIVAL TALKS: ART, MOBILITY AND MIGRATION
When: Thursday 26 October, 17:00 – 18:30 (UTC+3)
Where: The library of Nordic Culture Point, Kaisaniemenkatu 9, 00100 Helsinki / Online
Join us for an enlightening and thought-provoking ARTIVAL Talk that explores the intricate relationship between Art, Mobility, and Migration. Delve into the multifaceted ways in which these three interconnected concepts intersect and shape our understanding of the contemporary art field in the Nordic region.
From exploring the stories of migrants and refugees through visual arts, spoken word, and movement, to delving into the ways art serves as a catalyst for social change and empowerment, this event aims to foster dialogue and deepen our collective understanding of these pressing issues. Discover how artists across various mediums utilize their creativity to challenge stereotypes, confront borders, and celebrate the resilience and diversity of migrant communities. Gain insights from experts who will explore the impact of mobility and migration on artistic production, cultural exchange, and the formation of hybrid identities.
This is an online interactive discussion moderated by Geir Lindahl, Senior Advisor at Nordic Culture Point.
Yohann Floch – Founder and Director at Fresh Arts Coalition Europe – FACE
Sarah Kazmi – Co-Founder at Verdensrommet
Based in Copenhagen, Yohann Floch serves FACE as Director. He has been a cultural consultant working for independent arts organisations and cultural institutions, and an advocate for arts & culture, tirelessly supporting cultural exchanges in Europe and with other continents.
Passionate about the contemporary performing arts, he has designed, coordinated or contributed to many European cooperation projects and pilot international collaborations over the years, including recently Perform Europe (led by IETM), Learning Trajectories (led by Eunia), SHIFT (led by the European Music Council), Innovative Leadership Network (led by Dansehallerne) among many others.
He has been an external expert for governmental bodies as well as private foundations and other intermediary organisations, and led or (co)authored European studies, including recently Cultural Mobility Flows: European Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories (On the Move, 2022), Bespoke Brokers (British Council, 2022), Time to Act: How lack of knowledge in the cultural sector creates barriers for disabled artists and audiences (Europe Beyond Access, 2021), i-Portunus Operational Study (Goethe-Institut, 2019).
He is a guest lecturer at universities, facilitates professional gatherings and leads workshops on international networking, capacity building and strategic management.
Finally, he is international advisory board member of the Danish organisation IMMART-International Migration Meets the Arts.
FACE is a platform promoting international cooperation and fresh practices in the performing arts.
Facebook Network: https://www.facebook.com/freshartscoalitioneurope/
Sarah Kazmi (b.1990 Pakistan) lives and works in Oslo and Karachi. She is an interdisciplinary artist and a writer whose artistic practice moves across research and visual production, observing the relationship between food, language and politics. She works with the medium of writing where her texts are visual, rhythmic and performative; often conveyed through a variety of disciplines, which includes sound pieces, video, installations and performance.
Verdensrommet is an artist-powered mutual support network by/for immigrant artists based in Norway. We stand for fair immigration policies, better living and working conditions, and encourage new imaginations for the future of artists’ work.
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.