Women’s survival strategies in Chechnya: from self-care to caring for each other

Luiza encounters regular violence and intimidation in her work helping women survivors of state-sponsored violence. Living under the Chechen regime, activist women need a combination of self and community care.  by Keely Tongate Luiza has seen many attempts to silence Chechen human rights activists. There was the car with tell-tale tinted windows and no number […]

A ‘new poetry’ emerges from Syria’s civil war

More literal and visceral, Syrian poetry is being spread on social media and chanted in the streets. Ghada al-Atrash, a Syrian-Canadian writer and translator, has been studying Syrian poetry for decades. Yet in all her years of work, she says she has never encountered works of poetry such as the ones emerging today from the […]

Call for Entries: CENSURADOS Film Festival – Lima, Peru

“The story that is behind a censored film can help us to understand better our society” CENSURADOS Film Festival will take place in Lima (Peru) on December 2013 with the aim to give voice to those fiction, documentary and animation films that have been censored in different countries for political, religious, sexual or environmental reasons, […]

Ukrainian Museum Director Destroys Critical Painting Ahead Of President’s Visit

Natalia Zabolotna’s primary job as director of the Mystetskyi Arsenal art museum in Kyiv was to oversee the pieces under her roof. But on July 25, the night before a visit by President Viktor Yanukovych and the opening of an exhibit meant to celebrate Ukrainian heritage, she took a can of black paint and doused […]

The Gezi Park Experience

by Pelin Tan “An event is political if its material is collective, or if the event can only be attributed to a collective multiplicity.” —Alain Badiou Before the Turkish government brutally invaded Taksim Square and Gezi Park with water cannons and tear gas last Saturday, protesters held forums to discuss sustainable action that would continue the resistance beyond the […]

Zunar vs. the police and Malaysian government

Statement from Malaysia political cartoonist, Zunar. Zunar vs the police and the Malaysian government (Unlawful Detention under The Sedition Act): An appeal at the Appellate Court on the 18th June 2013 The Appellate Court has set 18th of June to hear my appeal on the decision of the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s ruling regarding detention […]

Forced to Flee: Exiled Voices and Visions for Justice – 11 June 2013

Forced to Flee: Exiled Voices and Visions of Justice Tuesday, June 11 @ 12PM PST / 3PM EST Greetings! We are pleased to announce our upcoming conference call Forced to Flee: Exiled Voices and Visions for Justice, which we are presenting in collaboration with Arts & Democracy Project. Emotions conveyed and evoked by art and […]

Attention! Turkish democracy needs you!

After a series of peaceful demonstrations for preserving a recreational area in Istanbul city centre, which is planned to be demolished for the construction of a shopping mall, Turkish police attacked the protesters at 05:00am on Friday morning violently with tear gas and water cannon, directly targeting their faces and bodies. Dozens of protesters are […]

2013 ART for HEALTH Benefit – May 24, 6:30-9:30PM @ Project Reach NYC

Save the Date: Friday, May 24 6:30-9:30PM Join us at Project Reach in Chinatown, New York City for an art exhibit, silent auction and performance to fund a mobile clinic this summer in rural villages in Cameroon. Since 2009, the partnership between the U.S. charity organization Bush Medicine Partnership (Drexel University) and Hope International For […]

fD selected as 2013 Grant Recipient by A Blade of Grass

A Blade of Grass, established in 2011 as the first grant-making organization solely dedicated to socially engaged art, today announced its second round of organizational grantees.  The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and The Laundromat Project were selected to receive project support in the amount of $20,000 each, and freeDimensional has been selected to receive […]

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