Talk | 10 Treffen: Solidarity Treffen

Artistic Work in Exile

Solidarity Treffen in Ukrainian in white letters on a black background

What are the effects of exile on artistic and curatorial practices? Two consecutive panel discussions will explore this topic with guests from both the international and the German context.

This event is part of the Solidarity Treffen.

Starting from different international conflict zones (e.g. in Afghanistan and in Ukraine) and protest movements (e.g. in Iran) and the resulting migration movements that also affect artists, two consecutive panel discussions will address the consequences of exile for artistic and curatorial processes. How do exiled artists and curators organise themselves in their host countries’ cultural landscapes, what does artistic and curatorial work mean in such a context?
As well as the international perspective (Iran, Afghanistan, Syria), the German context plays an important role. What are the challenges which exiled artists and curators face in German cultural institutions? Is it even possible for sustainable solidarity to emerge?

The session “Artistic Work in Exile” as part of the Theatertreffen will mainly feature artistic positions from the Iranian exile diaspora. In the subsequentpanel on 19 May at 17:30 at Kunsthaus ACUD, the main focus will be on experiences from Belarus, Syria and Afghanistan, with eeefff (artist collective), Tahera Hashemi (actor Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar) and Rania Mlehi (dramaturg Münchner Kammerspiele), moderated by Ozi Ozar.


Negar ForoughanfarDramaturg Schauspiel Dortmund, freelance artist
Houman MemarpanahiFounding director RoBeRoo Mansion, independent production space in Tehran
Sorour DarabiDancer, performer

Moderation Ozi OzarPerformance artist, activist, blogger

A talk in co-operation with Goethe-Institut in Exile.

The event is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb.