As a component of the MoU on Cooperation on Genocide and other Mass Atrocities Prevention and Democracy Promotion signed between the Global Campus of Human Rights (GC) and the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities (AIPG) on 7 November 2019, both institutions, in collaboration with the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP) at Binghamton University, are thrilled to announce the call for applications for the first edition of their Joint Annual Engaged Artivist Award on Atrocity Prevention and Human Rights. Eligible Artivists may submit applications from 22 March until 23 May 2023.
The purpose of the Joint Annual Engaged Artivist Award is to recognize the work of Artivists (artist-activists), highlighting the original ways in which they respond creatively to large-scale identity-based violence and mass atrocity in varying conflict contexts and geographic regions across the globe. The concept of “Art as Atrocity Prevention” is related to the role of the arts in mitigating risk factors associated with genocide, other mass atrocities, and identity-based violence, as well as the use of the arts as a powerful tool to contribute to the transformation of post-atrocity societies. The sponsoring institutions understand atrocity prevention broadly. Among other things, artistic interventions can be seen as preventive when they:
This Joint Annual Engaged Artivist Award emphasizes the ways in which Artivists around the world are working directly to mitigate atrocity risk factors, as well as the importance of art as an effective tool in processes of healing, reconciliation, and reparations. It encourages engaged artists to reflect on their role in the prevention of identity-based violence and the promotion of human rights by taking action, choosing a human rights issue and using art as a tool for effective communication.
The aim of this Joint Annual Engaged Artivist Award is to strengthen the quintessential role of the arts in the prevention of systematic violence, demonstrating how art may be used as a grassroots tool for addressing political violence and human rights abuses — and for advancing peacebuilding, transitional justice, and prevention efforts. The award will be given to one selected Artivist to support their work related to the topic of genocide and mass atrocities prevention, broadly understood. The selected Artivist will benefit from a year-long residency during which the sponsoring institutions will provide the following resources:
The selected Artivist will be honored during the Global Campus EMA ceremony in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice, Italy, at the end of September 2023, where the artist’s selected past work will be displayed and photographed. Following the two residencies, the three institutions will offer a joint certificate to the Artivist acknowledging the completion of the unique artistic visiting research period.
The call for applications is open to Artivists from 22 March 2023 until 23 May 2023 by clicking here.
Interested Artivists are asked to submit the following materials:
For more information, contact the selection committee at: award.GC.AIPG@gmail.com
Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities: firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice, IT: email@example.com
Binghamton University’s Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention in NY, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
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