DIWAN talks: Institutional Solidarity

Friday May 28, 2021 

18.30 – 20.30 CEST 

DIWAN for Arts and Dialogue deals with urgencies and pressing questions which the art field, institutions, and practitioners are confronted with. For our second event we aim to respond and reflect on institutional solidarity, especially as it has come into focus during the last weeks due to the escalating violence against the Palestinian people. 

DIWAN will be sharing a physical space with the students of Disarming Design and opening up the conversation across radio waves and digital channels with students, artists and cultural practitioners—independent as well as institutional workers. 

Our aim is to engage in an open conversation about the role of art and educational institutions in regards to struggles for liberation. What are our expectations and underlying assumptions of the institutions that we are a part of? How, and to what extent, can the institution carry, support, and care for the multiplicity of voices within it? What are the ethical responsibilities of institutions? How can they be held accountable for their implementation of decolonial and political practices (or the lack of)?

The event will be moderated by members of DIWAN, PUB radio and Sandberg students. 

For this event, we are being hosted by PUB radio, a trans-departmental initiative funded and run by students of the Sandberg Institute. You can listen to the conversations via pub.sandberg.nl. If you want to engage directly with the conversations or ask questions you can join us via Zoom using this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83427506549 



DIWAN for Arts and Dialogue is a platform co-initiated by Fadwa Naamna, Hilda Moucharrafieh, Ehsan Fardjadniya, Margarita Osipian, and Emirhakin, and works in collaboration with the W139 artistic core group (2021-2023).  

DIWAN for Arts and Dialogue aims at supporting young contemporary art and design practitioners, especially those in the diaspora, in the development of their projects and artistic practice. The platform’s foundational focus is to facilitate navigating the Dutch art scene for post-graduate artists and curators, and tackle the collective struggles of residency permits, housing, and project funding, amongst others. DIWAN departs from the common experiences of its founders and seeks to stimulate public discursive events and knowledge exchanges that relate to these issues. 

THE FIRST EVENT – REFLECTIONS

On Friday April 23rd, we kicked-off the first event for DIWAN platform for Arts and Dialogue at W139. DIWAN is aimed at supporting diaspora postgraduate artists, curators, and cultural workers who confront the bureaucracy of residency permits while learning to navigate the Dutch art scene. The name ‘DIWAN’ is a borrowed Persian, Turkish and Arabic word with multiple meanings, including ‘a council chamber’, ‘a bed-like seat and guesthouse’, ‘a business or financial register’, and ‘a group of poems collected together’. This mixture between the political and the poetic simulates a metaphor for the motivation and the aim behind the initiative. This first event was aimed at mapping and understanding the particular urgencies and issues that postgraduate artists and cultural workers confront in the first years after their graduation. The audience, joining via zoom or YouTube were able to share their own experiences, challenges, and ask questions about the artist visa, TOZO conflicts, residency permits, the ‘zoekjaar’, housing, and how to build solidarity amongst one another. DIWAN is based on the belief that openly sharing and discussing challenges that are faced post graduation can be effective tools to confront, deal with, and resolve them. The chat in both Zoom and on YouTube functioned as a productive space where those joining for the conversation shared resources, discussed experiences with one another, and answered each other’s questions. Different organisations and student unions also joined the conversation, like the Latin American and Caribbean student union at the Sandberg, The World Makers, and @no.more.later, an Instagram account which highlights issues of discrimination against non-EU students. Our intention with the DIWAN events is to host these public conversations with one another and build a public database of common questions and issues that migrant art practitioners are confronted with, along with references and leads towards resolving them.

 

If you want to watch the livestream of the event with the live chat you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ2eFCoLeEQ
If you want to watch a higher quality version without the live chat you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw-VYBJK0Vo

DIWAN – FIRST EVENT

Friday 23 April | 18:00-20:00

DIWAN for Arts and Dialogue aims at supporting young contemporary art and design practitioners, especially those in the diaspora, in the development of their projects and artistic practice. The platform’s foundational focus is to facilitate navigating the Dutch art scene for post-graduate artists and curators, and tackle the collective struggles of residency permits, housing, and project funding, amongst others. DIWAN departs from the common experiences of its founders and seeks to stimulate public discursive events and knowledge exchanges that relate to these issues.

This first DIWAN event is aimed at mapping and understanding the particular urgencies and issues that postgraduate artists and cultural workers confront in the first years after their graduation. This meeting is an invitation for people who are now in this position, or have been through it before, so that we can share these experiences in a collective setting. DIWAN is based on the belief that openly sharing and discussing can be effective tools to confront, deal with, and navigate such challenges. We invite everyone to take part in this online round table and to share their thoughts in this regard.

Throughout these events, we will strive to build a public database of common questions and issues that migrant art practitioners are confronted with, along with references and leads towards resolving them.

DIWAN is initiated by Fadwa Naamna, Hilda Moucharrafieh, and Ehsan Fardjadniya, in collaboration with Margarita Osipian and Sam Samiee from the W139 artistic core group (2021-2023).

Tonight’s event will be co-moderated by Fadwa Naamna and Margarita Osipian.

Joining the conversation will be Hilda Moucharrafieh and Emirhakin. Image and Streaming: Ehsan Fardjadniya and Bob Schoo.

Due to the Covid-19 regulations, the event will be held online.

DIWAN first event
23 April 2021
18:00 – 20:00

JOIN THIS EVENT VIA ZOOM

Note
If you want to just watch and listen to the event, without taking part by sharing your experiences or questions, or if you cannot connect to the Zoom link because of maximum capacity, please follow the W139 YouTube channel and Facebook page for live streaming.