FLAX Open Academy Visual Arts

City: Berlin
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10

Wann: 25.05.2017 - 28.05.2017

FLAX, Foreign Local Artistic Xchange is hosting a four-day workshop for artists, in partnership with AFAC and the Academy of Arts in Berlin

Public Event:
„Culture & Populism“
An open forum discussion under the headline “Culture & Populism” will examine the role of artists [we should also add institutions and arts administrators] against the backdrop of the global rise of populist trends [or pulls]. Participants include artists, Norbert Bisky, Inaya Fans Hodeib, Nasan Tur and Adam Broomberg, Natasha Sadr-Haghighian, who will also participate in the workshops as tutors.
Date: 27th May, 19 Uhr
Ort: Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin

This Open Academy will include lectures, podium discussions, workshops and conversations in order to facilitate exchange among artists and with experts from the visual art and cultural sectors. The project mentors are Katharina Grosse, Nasan Tur and Lanna Idriss. An open podium discussion on “Culture & Populism” will take place on 26 May at 7pm at the Academy of Arts to discuss the societal responsibility of art. The Flax Open Academy for Visual Arts will support around 50 artists who have recently come to Germany. The program is directed primarily toward artists from the Arab region, but will also welcome applicants from other countries. Offering insight into the mechanics of the system, meeting museum curators, gallerists, other artists and cultural workers from Europe and the Arab region, will simultaneously present an opportunity for first-hand exchange and dialogue. The events will, on the one hand, offer practical support: workshops are dedicated to the current funding- and educational possibilities for visual artists in Germany, while tutors will advise the participating artists in the presentation and promotion of their work. Individual portfolio reviews by established artists and visits to select galleries in Berlin will complement the program. At the same time, cultural roles and terminologies in Europe and the Arab region will be discussed: what experiences have Arab and international artists made with European exhibition practices? Is there a uniform conception of art, and if not, where do the differences lie?

An open forum discussion under the headline “Culture & Populism” will examine the role of artists [we should also add institutions and arts administrators] against the backdrop of the global rise of populist trends [or pulls]. Participants include artists, Norbert Bisky, Inaya Fans Hodeib, Nasan Tur and Adam Broomberg, Natasha Sadr-Haghighian, who will also participate in the workshops as tutors.

FLAX – Foreign Local Artistic Xchange.
A Network for Cultural Collaboration We are a network for cultural networking and collaboration, which promotes cultural exchange and cooperation for local and newly arrived cultural workers, artists and institutions inside Germany. We do not exclude any nation, color, legal status or religion. We are open and accessible to everybody. We are supporting and organizing interdisciplinary and intercultural artistic projects. We support artists in developing their individual artistic position or obtaining cultural education in Germany. A strong part of our program is a mentoring program established for newly arrived artists and cultural managers from all different parts of the world. We provide support and if possible access to university education, scholarships, residencies, information, proposals and workshops. “Its participation and exchange not integration what we are trying to achieve”. Commented by Lanna Idriss www.flax-culture.de
Contact:germanculturenews@gmail.com

Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
AFAC is dedicated to strengthening exchange and communication between Germany and the Arab world through its cooperation with partners FLAX and the Academy of Arts.” Building on the experience and success of AFAC’s agility in responding to the difficulties Arab artists face with the circulation, visibility and dissemination of their work, we believe that our partnership with the FLAX Open Academy will engage in meaningful and impactful ways with the challenges that newly arrived visual artists contend with in Germany. Contact, communication and conviviality are essential to bridging understanding and creativity”. Commented Rima Mismar, AFAC’s Executive Director.

Akademie der Künste
The Akademie der Künste in Berlin, founded in 1696, is one of the oldest cultural institutes in Europe. It is an international community of artists and has a current total of 400 members in its six Sections (Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts).
The Akademie der Künste is an exhibition and event location, a meeting place for artists and people interested in the arts, where public debates on art and cultural policy take place. A key part of the Academy is its Archive. With over 1,200 bequests by artists and an extensive art collection and library, the Archive is one of the most important interdisciplinary archives of 20th century art.

Information
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