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Arts and politics – a debate

How do artists and curators position themselves politically? And how do they network across national borders? The art world discusses - about its role, common values and the future of Europe.


How the art world is growing closer together

Art may not know any boundaries, but the art world certainly does. So how can curators become better networked – and make a stand for their shared values? This will be discussed by Simona Da Pozzo, Gottfried Hattinger and Hajnalka Somogyi – and you can join in!

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Illustration: Bernd Struckmeyer 


This issue of "Freepost" is a cooperation between the Goethe-Institut and the Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK).

The topic of this "Freepost" issue follows on from the symposium "Fragile Affinities - (re) strengthening international artistic collaboration", organized by the IGBK in cooperation with the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, in November 2017. At the symposium, artists discussed their strategies to confront the many current nationalist movements in Europe and how they react to the dwindling acceptance of the European unification process.

In the first debate of this "Freepost" issue, starting October 2018, belit sağ, video artist, Joseph Young, sound artist, and Via Lewandowsky, visual artist, discussed how contemporary art positions itself politically while at the same time preserving itself from (self-)instrumentalization. How political should artists be today?


„Fragile Affinities - (re)strengthening international artistic collaboration“

The symposium "Fragile Affinities - (Re) strengthening international artistic collaboration" took place in November 2017 in Berlin under the direction of Andrea Knobloch and Dr. Anke Hervol with over 100 international participants from Germany, Poland, Hungary, Turkey and Great Britain.



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