Artist Displacement Programme
The AFEW Culture Initiative's artist-in-residence (AIR) programme strives to use artistic and cultural platforms as a means to build bridges and establish a dialogue surrounding topics of HIV/AIDS, unnecessary stigma and discriminatory practices connecting and/or driving a wedge between communities in 'East' and 'West'.
Programme Structure and Presentation
The shape of the artistic residency programme is loosely based on the celebrated initiatives of the London-based Artist Placement Group (APG) and the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (ZK/U), Centre for Art and Urbanistics) of Berlin.
The structure removes the chosen artists-in-residence and their practice outside of the traditional studio/gallery/museum environment and 'displaces' them to an alternative realm.
This 'new' environment, not embedded in a classical artistic or cultural setting, invites them to undertake research, interact with different actors and create socially-instilled work alongside a chosen community.
Thematic Approach and Axes of Intervention
The artists of the AFEW Culture Initiative's artist displacement programme will be stationed in working settings and institutions geared towards supporting people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, or at risk of HIV/STI contraction.
While in 'displacement', the artists will simultaneously contribute to demystifying pre-existing biases related to the status-quo in matters of public, reproductive and sexual health in their countries of origin, namely Russia, Belarus and Uzbekistan.
The programme encompasses three distinct environments or working settings for the interventions of the artists-in-residence.
- Networks of sex-worker support organisations and professional unions in the Netherlands (P&G292).
- Epidemiological research and medical/psychological support institutions (Amsterdam Medical Centre and Trimbos Institute).
- Social and outreach networks supporting substance users and harm-reduction programmes including counselling, safe injection and consumption facilities, as well as community outreach (Mainline Foundation, De Regenboog Groep).
Showcase and Presentation
All the work in progress of our residents and their final interventions will be staged in close collaboration with a variety of Amsterdam-based cultural institutions and arthouse cinemas, including the International Documentary FilmFestival of Amsterdam (IDFA), Amsterdam's Hermitage Museum, Studio/K and Perdu Foundation.
The final format of said interventions will include screenings, panel discussions, interactive open studio-days, exhibitions including performance and installations, mixed with culinary gatherings to sample some of the most celebrated staples of Eastern European, Caucasian and Central Asian gastronomies.
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