09.06.2020 - 16h

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“We are all going through an experience which is humbling to all of us (or should be), whether it is about international mobility, hospitality in a time of lock-down, or limited future access to different territories and shrinking resources…” — Bénédicte Alliot, Director, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

A public session presented by On the Move in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons about (En)forced Mobility moderated by Mary Ann DeVlieg with colleagues and artists from Tamizdat Inc., Touring Artists, the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) and Cité internationale des arts, Paris.

Artists are mobile for many professional reasons, but what if an artist is constrained to leave their home due to conflict or persecution and is invited to an artists’ residency abroad to do so? What happens when such an artist gets locked down in that country due to COVID-19? What happens when temporary support for them mutates into longer-term need? Though some countries are responding to the needs of independent artists’ loss of earnings caused by the virus, what about artists without legal status who, nevertheless, have to survive, not to mention keep making art, for an audience… where?

A one-hour informal discussion of key players including artists, artist residencies, legal and political advocates and national resources that welcome foreign artists, aims to probe our current struggles with these and related questions.

Written materials relevant to the discussion will be available pre- and post-discussion on this web-page. The cultural mobility information network -On the Move - will aim to collect participants’ questions to be addressed in the following days, and depending on interest, it is possible that further online discussions may be scheduled.