Fragile Affinities – (Re)strengthening international artistic collaboration: Symposium in cooperation with Akademie der Künste Berlin, 23 and 24 November, 2017

Symposium in cooperation with Akademie der Künste Berlin, 23 and 24 November, 2017

The IGBK was founded in 1957 with the aim of bringing German artists back into the international discourse. It has been the guiding idea of IGBK since its beginning to foster international collaboration amongst visual artists in all directions.

Today we are unfortunately experiencing political trends opposing to this objective, also in Europe. Against the background of nationalist movements in many countries, artists too are becoming growingly restricted in their rights to freedom or excluded from international exchange. We are concerned about the alarming developments in Turkey, the increasing erosion of democratic institutions in the EU Member States of Poland and Hungary, and the British vote to exit the EU. These examples cause us to debate the ways in which artists preserve and shape necessary spaces for their activity in times of decreasing social cohesion within Europe, as well as in some places, under political and social repression.

How do artists position themselves between activist self-instrumentalisation, their ideological exploitation by national regimes or the flight into (inner) exile? We plan to discuss ways and means of strengthening international artistic collaboration as well as maintaining and promoting opportunities for exchange and communication.

Selection of speakers: Selda Asal (Artist, Apartment Project, Berlin and Istanbul) – Lutz Dammbeck (Artist, Hamburg) – Katherine Heid (Deputy Secretary General, Culture Action Europe, Brussels) – Joanna Krawczyk (Head of Polish Office, Evens Foundation, Warsaw) – Via Lewandowsky (Artist, Berlin) – Dr. Elke Ritt (Head of Arts, British Council Germany, Berlin) – belit sağ (videomaker/visual artist, Amsterdam) – Andreas Schmid (Artist and Curator, Berlin) – Jeanie Scott (a-n The Artists Information Company, London) – Esther Slevogt (Theatre Critic and Managing Director,, Berlin) – Necmi Sönmez (Curator, Düsseldorf) – György Szabó (Artistic Director, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest) – Katarzyna Wielga-Skolimowska (Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, Berlin) – Claudia Zeiske (Director, Deveron Projects, Huntly) – Johanna Zinecker (Centre for British Studies, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin).

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 19-21h and Friday, 24 November 2017, 10-21h, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin.

The event will be in German on November 23rd and in English on November 24th.
Free entry. Please register until 16 November 2017 <>.

A symposium organised by Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK) in cooperation with Akademie der Künste Berlin.