Artists at Risk (AR)

Artists at Risk​ (AR) is a new institution at the intersection of human rights and the arts. AR is dedicated to mapping the field of persecuted visual art practitioners, facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin, hosting them at “AR-Safe Haven Residencies” and curating related projects.

Our first public call is now open. Rather than as asylum seekers or refugees, we welcome AR-Residents as honoured visiting art professionals. AR-Residencies enables practitioners to take a “breather” from their home country, or to use the programme as a “stepping stone” to re-orient their professional lives. Art practitioners at risk of grievous suppression of freedom of expression, persecution or politically motivated threats to their basic freedoms may apply here. An international jury will select AR-Residents to be granted short or long-term residencies.

Scope
Artists at Risk (AR) is designed as an institution of worldwide scope. Visual artists will be AR’s primary focus, although other creative intellectuals—such as theatre and film practitioners – or others that need assistance beyond what can be provided by organisations such as PEN, SafeMUSE or Freemuse, may find placement at AR. Indeed, the musician Ramy Essam, “the singer of Tahrir Square”, was our first AR-Resident. As part of a collective effort with its many partners and networks, including PEN-America (ARCoalition), ICORN (The International Cities of Refuge Network) and new funding opportunities, AR is taking the first steps towards establishing a type of PEN for visual artists at risk.

AR-Residencies

AR-Safe Haven Helsinki, operating under various titles since 2014, is co-organised in cooperation with HIAP-Helsinki International Artists Programme, and is funded by the City of Helsinki Cultural Office.

AR-Safe Haven Athens will receive its first AR-Resident in spring 2017, funded by the EU “Re-Build Refuge Europe” project. AR-Athens has developed out of local partnerships, and was part of Athens Biennale 2015-2016.

AR-Safe Haven Berlin is being launched in 2017 as part of the same EU project, and is hosted in partnership with SAVVY Contemporary.

AR-Saari Residence/Saastamoinen Foundation includes two months on the west coast of Finland, followed by a one-months stay in Helsinki.

AR at Wysing Arts Centre (near Cambridge, England) is launching a dedicated 3-month AR-Residency in 2017.

AR at the Nordic Black Theatre (Oslo) is hosted by one of the Nordic Region’s oldest transcultural performing arts institutions.

AR at Free Home University (Lecce, Italy) is funded by Musagetes, Canada.

AR-Resistance Residency (Provence, France) commemorates the underground resistance fighter Lisa Fittko (guide to Walter Benjamin) and resistance work worldwide.

Further residencies are in the process of joining this growing network.

Advisory Board

Maria Alyokhina (Pussy Riot)
Hrag Vartanian (Editor-in-Chief, Hyperallergic.com)
Helge Lunde (Executive Director, ICORN)
Julie Trebault (Artists at Risk Coalition, PEN America)

The European Parliament honoured Perpetuum Mobile with the European Citizen’s Prize for AR, and Safe Haven Helsinki won the Annual Art Act Award in 2016.

Artists at Risk (AR) is a Perpetuum Mobilεzation

http://artistsatrisk.org/

Co-Founding Directors: Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky (in alternating order)
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Artists at Risk (AR) Nominated for EUROPEAN CITIZEN’S PRIZE!

Perpetuum Mobilε​ is delighted to announce that PM’s Artists at Risk (AR) platform has been nominated for the European Parliament​’s EUROPEAN CITIZEN’S PRIZE! Here an excerpt from the commendatory text to the Prize Chancellery of the “Civi Europaeo Praemium” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Citizens’_Prize): … Continue reading

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Artists at Risk at Synapse 2 | Athens Biennale 2015-2017 OMONOIA

Athens, April 15-17, 2016 Perpetuum Mobile at Athens Biennale 2015-2017 OMONOIA: “Synapse 2: Rethinking Institutional Critique – A View From the South” Sunday, April 17th Summary 16:00 Perpetuum Mobile presents AR – Artists at Risk 17:30 – 18:00 “Risk” Series: … Continue reading

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SAFE HAVEN Panel at EU Parliament Conference on Asylum and Migration

UPDATE. DOCUMENTATION OF THE CONFERENCE and photos at the bottom, here: http://www.europarl.de/de/aktuell_presse/veranstaltungen/epdebatte/fluchtlingskonferenz.html As the next phase in its SAFE HAVENS for ARTISTS AT RISK platform (www.ArtistsatRisk.org), PM-Perpetuum Mobile is taking the first steps towards establishing a SAFE HAVEN – BERLIN. … Continue reading

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MOBILE TALK by Poka-Yio Co-Director of the Athens Biennale at Frame Visual Art Finland

POKA-YIO, artist, curator and co-founding director of the Athens Biennale   MOBILE TALK / Frame – Visual Art Finland A part of the guest curator programme of FRAME On invitation of PM (Perpetuum Mobile) for the MOBILE TALKS series 8 … Continue reading

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The First Safe Haven Helsinki Resident: Jowan Safadi Palestinian musician extraordinaire

Jowan Safadi, Palestinian musician extraordinaire, is the first PM/HIAP Safe Haven Helsinki resident on Suomenlinna. Jowan Safadi is a Safe Haven Helsinki resident from early March until the end of May, 2016. He is scheduled to record new music with … Continue reading

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Helsinki – the First Safe Haven City in Finland? Symposium in Ateneum-Hall on the 3rd of November

The Safe Haven Helsinki? Symposium is a forum to address the growing importance of Safe Havens, that is, residencies for art professionals at high risk. In the context of an increasing number of serious conflicts and crises afflicting the world, … Continue reading

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Hospitality, creativity, solidarity: Mobile Talk by Helge Lunde director of ICORN

PM MOBILE TALK at the School of the Displaced The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennale 2015 Lecture by Helge Lunde director of ICORN, the International Cities of Refuge Network at October 10, 19:00, Visual Culture Research Center, 44 Hlybochytska … Continue reading

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Schedule of Events at the 2nd Kyiv Biennale 2015 and PRESS

4.9. 2015 Juan Pedro Fabra Guemberena’s group starts https://www.facebook.com/events/754874917954282/ 7.9.2015 Juan Pedro Fabra DJ’s in the Living Room https://www.facebook.com/events/502742843218184/ 7-12.9.2015 Abazar’s Music4All Kyiv group starts workshops https://www.facebook.com/groups/music4allKiev/?fref=ts https://vk.com/club101809595 10.9.2015 The internationally renowned PALEFACE (hip-hop and acoustic) and ABAZAR (reggae and … Continue reading

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Introduction: The School of the Displaced

As a tragic site of conflict in Europe today, one of the main emphases of The School of the Displaced at the School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015 will be the current situation in Ukraine. Kiev in particular faces … Continue reading

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On The Move / Safe Haven Resident: El Haqed

Mouad Belrhouate (b. 1987) is a Moroccan rapper and human rights activist who goes by the name El Haqed (Arabic: الحاقد, “The Enraged”). El Haqed rose to prominence when he was imprisoned for critisising the king of Morocco, Mohammed VI. In 2011, … Continue reading

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