Freedom of artistic expression – A challenge for civil society?

Freedom of artistic expression_Grantmakers East Forum

The 20th edition of the Grantmakers East Forum takes place from 30 September to 2 October 2015 in Istanbul, addressing the issue of “Creating equal opportunities: Overcoming divides”, with sessions focusing on: youth employment, social entrepreneurship, gender-sensitive grantmaking, fair access to resources, freedom of expression, social fabric in contested territories.

ERSTE Foundation has the pleasure to invite you to the panel discussion with the title Freedom of artistic expression – A challenge for civil society?
1 October, 11:30 – 13:00
: Pera Museum, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65 34443 Tepebaşı – Beyoğlu – İstanbul

The arrest of Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei and the sentencing of the members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison for performing a song in a Moscow cathedral resulted in an international discussion about freedom of artistic expression. The international community responded by stressing the importance of freedom of speech and artistic expression as a fundamental democratic right.

This session will focus on critical art and cultural production considering the current political developments in Eastern Europe: Are laws and regulations restricting artistic freedom? Do economic and financial issues have an impact on such freedoms? The session will look at what political, cultural or moral motivations restrain artistic freedom, what artistic and activist strategies exist to deal with these restrictions, and how foundations are playing a role.

Dóra Hegyi, director of and publisher of tranzit blog, Budapest
Nataša Ilić, member of the curatorial collective What, How and for Whom/ WHW, Zagreb
Slaven Tolj, director of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka

Moderator: Christiane Erharter, curator and project manager, ERSTE Foundation