“Artists for Rojava” • A Solidarity Project

Artists for Rojava

Artists for Rojava is a project that aims, first of all, at reinforcing the social and cultural role of art in solidarity with the Kurdish people and, secondly, at promoting contemporary culture and visual arts.


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Artists for Rojava explains the origin of the project in the following terms:

The first action was born with the holding of an ephemeral land art intervention on October 13 2019 on the beach in Barletta: “Save Rojava”.

Following this, with the membershp of DeriveMetropolitane we took part in other events in Italy and abroad…

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The association has launched an appeal inviting artists to “an urgent gesture of solidarity”

The subscribers to this appeal accept without reservation the “Appeal from Rojava and Kobanê Universities” and hope that every possible measure be taken immediately to put an end to the military escalation in Northern Kurdistan. We hope that stable institutional relationships with the Kurdish community will be encouraged so that it may be clear that artists, the artistic world and that of culture, actively oppose the violence taking place in those places, understand what an extraordinary garrison for freedom they represent and can still represent as those who resist while continuing to study, to teach and to produce art.

Remaining indifferent to the events is impossible

It is a gesture of active solidarity the urgency of which we feel keenly. We think it is necessary to adopt a radical position against the war Erdogan and Turkey are conducting unjustly, with no scruples, proceeding to the massacre of a people resisting, blow for blow, in order to defend its inhabitants and its lands.

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Art and culture cannot remain impassive in front of the war and the attempt to put an end to one of the rare current experiments in radical democracy. If there is one contribution that artists, designers and cultural providers can contribute when faced with these scenarios, it is that of contributing to the creation of empathy and conscience, by supporting also on the financial level projects such as that of a mobile clinic traveling from one region of Syria ato another every day to provide treatment to the innocent victims of an unjust massacre. The struggle of the Kurdish people against ISIS these last few years inspired books, cartoons, songs, films, stories that shortened the distances separating us from these territories and involved a number of persons in support and solidarity initiatives.

More than ever, we must continue to feed the imagination in order to give strength and collective support to this resistance. We hope that the Itanlian government and the European States will take measures to end this massacre, by demanding not only the immediate end of the sale of weapons to Turkey, but also the implementation of all necessary political and diplomatic instruments, the rediscussion of economic and commercial agreements and, in time, the promotion of the creation of a “No Fly” zone in order to stop the bombings and create humanitarian corridors allowing for the care and security of civilians.

We also demand that the Italian government honour its commitments by ceasing the exportation of weapons toward Turkey, as have done Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, France and Germany.

Art as an instrument of solidarity. What does this mean?

Artists will donate a work expressing their solidarity with the Kurdish people. Participation in this event is free of charge as it must be accessible and affordable for all.

The work proposed will have to be selected by the curator. Thanks to the synergy between the different intervenors – creators, supporters, artists – and the relationship with representatives of the Kurdish community, “Artists for Rojava” will involve citizens in the project with initiatives aimed at broadcasting events throughout the town making the fundraising known through a number of different initiatives : exhibitions, catalogues, galeries on the site of the project, sale of works during the exhibition and online…But also the presentation of books and videos, conferences, as well as concerts and convivial events…

Exhibition curator: Alfio Cangiani
Venue: Ex Palazzo delle Poste in Bari
Purchases:
– On eBay
– Through phone reservation at 330400920 – Giorgio Skoff. One of our members will be on hand at the exhibition at the following times: Wednesday 18h/19:30 and Saturday 11h/12h and 18:30/20h.
– During the auction to be held on February 26 at the Ex Palazzo delle Poste, Piazza Cessare Battisti 1, starting at 18:30.

All the works sold will be delivered to the purchasers at the end of the exhibition and after final payment.

Program of Events

Let’s spread solidarity!

From January 22 to February 29 2020 in Bari, Ex Palazzo delle Poste, Università degli Studi di Bari. Piazza Cesare Battisti 1 Bari.
Press Conference: Casa delle Culture. Via Barisano da Trani, Bari.
Parallel events: Officina degli Esordi. Via Crispi Bari.
Information: Urban Center and Chamber of Commerce
Contact: Girogio Skoff 330400920 / info@artistsfor rojava.org

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Events in detail…

Exhibition: From Saturday February 1st to Saturday February 29 2020, from 8h30 to 21h30 every day from Monday to Saturday. Ex Palazzo delle Poste, Piazza Cesare Battisti 1, Bari
Saturday February 1st starting at 18h30 Inauguration. Apérritif offered by Buo’. Show by Vittorino Curci, poetry reading and music.
Friday February 7 starting at 20h30. Rap Concert Fatti di
China.
Friday February 14 starting at 20h30, Graphic performance, Fatti di China.
Saturday February 29 from 16h30 to 21h30. Closing event around the auction, concert of Kurdish music, apéritif.

CONFERENCES AND DEBATES

    • Tuesday February 4 from 18h30 to 20h30 / Main Post Office.
      Metropolitan Drifts present : a Conference on “Art and Politics” with Giorgio Skoff (creator of the exhibition), Alfio Cangiani (exhibition curator), Bernardo Bruno (artist exhibitor for Rojava) Puglia Kurdistan Network, Mirella Casamassima (art historian), Vittorino Curci (writer and visual artist)
    • Friday February 7 from 18h30 to 20h30/ Palazzo delle Poste
      Giovani Comunisti/e presents: a Conference on “Democratic Confederalism, from Abdullah Öcalan’s theory to autonomous practices in Rojava”. With Yilmaz Orkan (coordinator UIK-ONLUS), Moderator: Fabio Fronterré, (Puglia Kurdistan Network)
    • Friday February 14 from 18h30 to 20h30/ Palazzo Delle Poste
      La Rifondazione Comunista presents: a Conference on “Rojava, a Stateless democracy”. With Eleonora Forenza, Haskar Kirmizigul (responsible for the Jineology Committee in Europe and member of the Kurdish Women’s movement). Moderator: Imma Barbarossa.

Translation by Renée Lucie Bourges
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