Kunsthal Extra City
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Extra City is a Kunsthal that finds inspiration in the city for depicting different visions of our future, by encouraging new links between contemporary (inter)national art, artists, researchers, and citizens.
Kunsthal Extra City departs from the city and connects back to it. We focus on urban reality in all its facets as central to the challenges of the 21st century.
Kunsthal Extra City works with art that breathes the spirit of our time. This art is often complex and challenging, but in its concern for the city, is open for any curious visitor.
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(Please note; due to technical difficulties not all lectures from the seminar were able to be recorded)
What type of strategies have artists developed in cities like Istanbul, Damascus and Teheran in order to continue producing art despite the authoritarian regimes of Erdogan, Assad and Khamenei. How can artistic practices be a tool for distributing knowledge about what is happening in these cities? What’s the value, but also the danger and the price, of such activities?
In times of war and repression, all citizens and particularly activists, intellectuals and artists engaged in anti-regime narratives are victims of political measures. In Syria, Turkey and Iran for example, many of them have been arrested, prosecuted or forced to remain silent. But artists are also very good at developing strategies and tactics to counteract, often providing creative ways for overcoming state security apparatuses when organizing protests, or other strategies for dissent. Taking Syria, Turkey and Iran as a starting point, this seminar aims to share with the audience the knowledge acquired by artists in such contexts, particularly in terms of insurgent practices, forms of protest and their organization.
This seminar originated from the desire to bring attention to the online project ‘The Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution’. This online platform, initiated by curator Sana Yazigi, aims to make visible the art created in Syria during the current revolution. Some of the artworks will also be on display during the seminar as a one day exhibition. More
In collaboration with the Centre for Political History, University of Antwerp, Kunsthal Extra City, Culture Commons Quest Office and Co.Labs Antwerp.