Cutting-Edge Human Rights & the Arts Program Offers Students from Conflict Zones a Path to Art-Making
“The idea was to create a space in which both the artists and activists could be together and co-create,” says Tania El Khoury, a performance artist and the Director of CHRA. “It was important to create an institution that really practices its politics. How can we build a space that puts people’s well-being first? How can we be in solidarity with people from around the world and understand inequality together?”
“I was applying to programs in Europe because I knew I couldn’t afford an expensive program [in the States],” says Carol Montealgre, an artist from Bogotá, Colombia working in performance, installation, and video and who just graduated from the program. “I had a friend who recommended the Center but I wasn’t applying because of the money, but he told me, ‘They got funding from OSUN, they have scholarships, stipends.’ Those were the magic words.”
Through the Ruins: Talks on Human Rights and the Arts 1
CHRA has also published its first book, Through the Ruins: Talks on Human Rights and the Arts 1, edited by Fawz Kabra and documenting the work of contemporary activists, scholars, and artists from around the globe who have presented public talks at the Center. The book explores the range of contemporary practices at the intersection of human rights and the arts and contributors include Ashmina Ranjit, Border Forensics, Cassils, Emily Johnson, Faustin Linyekula, Hamed Sinno, Mark Sealy, and the White Pube. Educators can order a copy for free from Polina Malikin and the book can be purchased online at Bookshop, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.
Post Date: 06-09-2023