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A seminar followed by a winter-get-together with Iaspis Residence Grant Holders.

Date: Tuesday 12 December 2017.
Seminar ARTISTS at RISK: 3–5 pm.
Iaspis Open Studios with winter-get-together*: 5–7 pm.
Place: The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
Address: Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm.

RSVP: Thursday 7 December by email to:

Photo: Issa Touma

The initiation and framing of the seminar has emerged from conversations with the artists in residence within the Iaspis programme, and from our engagement in urgent issues concerning contemporary artist’s vulnerability, manifested in our contacts internationally with increasing frequency.

The seminar ARTISTS at RISK (AR) also emanates from the new Finish institution with the same name, and introduces its work at the intersection of human rights and the arts. AR is dedicated to mapping the field of persecuted visual art practitioners, facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin, hosting them at “AR-Safe Haven Residencies” and curating related projects. Artists, writers, curators, critics and scholars are targets of politically motivated threats and persecution in great parts of the world.

Perpetuum Mobile (PM) initiated Artists at Risk (AR) to provide a platform and network to support these art practitioners in a time of need. This encompasses facilitating a safe exit from countries of origin; assistance in the procurement of travel documents; providing legal assistance; and matching ARs with so-called AR-Safe Havens and residencies in the AR network. AR liaises with several cities and networks which provide “artists at risk” a safe place to live and work for a period of time. Furthermore, PM’s curatorial interests often overlap with the artistic practices of artists in residence.

The Syrian artist Issa Touma will screen and introduce his film 9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo, followed by a panel discussion with Fikret Atay, Ellie Ga, Marita Muukkonen, Ivor Stodolsky and Issa Touma.


3.00–3.10 pm  Introduction by Johan Pousette
3.10–3.50 pm   Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky
3.50–4.00 pm   Q&A
4.00–4.05 pm   Pause
4.05–4.20 pm   Film screening: 9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo
4.20–4.35 pm   Issa Touma
4.35–5.00 pm   Panel discussion with Fikret Atay, Ellie Ga, Marita Muukkonen, Ivor Stodolsky and Issa Touma
Moderator: Johan Pousette

5.00–7.00 pm   Iaspis Open Studios and winter-get-together with glögg*

Fikret Atay, Visual Artist of Kurdish descent, who was an Artist in Residence at Iaspis residency programme in Stockholm 2016 and is currently an ICORN -Safe Haven Resident in Örebro, since 2017. Fikret Atay highlights the tensions that arise from permanent opposition between West and East, civilians and military, tradition and experimentation: a situation he experienced in his hometown of Batman, located in Turkey on the Iraqi border.

Ellie Ga is a Visual Artist, Born in New York. Ellie Ga was Artist in Residence at Iaspis recidency programme in Stockholm in 2017 and she lives in Sweden since 2017. Ellie Ga holds a genuine interest on the questions that relates to Artist at Risk. Her multi-media essays are part field dispatch, part artist’s notebook, part home-movie, part poem. Her narratives are inspired by the indeterminacy of exploration and the human desire to contact and chart the unknown.

Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky are curators at Perpetuum Mobile in Finland. Perpetuum Mobile was founded by Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky (in alternating order) in 2007, and is a curatorial vehicle which brings together art, practice and enquiry. It acts as a conduit and engine to re-imagine certain basic historical, theoretical as well as practical paradigms in fields which often exist in disparate institutional frames and territories.

Issa Touma is a Visual Artist, Filmmaker and Curator, born in Syria. Since March 2016 he is ICORN -Safe Haven Resident in Gävle. His film 9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo have been awarded at the “European Film Award” for the best short film.

Participating Iaspis Residence Grant Holders
Joey Holder, London (GBR), studio 1
Lars Brunström, Stockholm (SWE), studio 2
Tori Wrånes, Oslo (NOR), studio 3
Muhammad Ali, Stockholm/Damascus (SWE/SYR), studio 4
Róza El-Hassan, (HUN/SYR), studio 5
Ana Mendes, Berlin/London/Lissabon (DEU/GRB/POR), studio 6
Jelizaveta Suska, Göteborg (SWE/LAT ), studio 7
Andreas Doré, Stockholm (SWE), studio 8
Åsa Ersmark, Stockholm (SWE), studio 9

*Glögg is a Scandinavian hot drink based on spiced wine. The word “glögg” (mulled wine) comes from the old word “glödg” (annealing), formed from the verb “glödga” (anneal, warm up) to compare with “glöd” (glow). Similar drinks are found under names, such as vin chaud, gluhwein and mulled wine. It is common to make your own mulled wine. Traditionally the one drink glögg from small cups and served with almonds (or nuts) and raisins. The glögg is often accompanied by gingerbread and saffron Lucia buns, which is eaten along with the mulled wine.


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