Open Space @espace_kugler Geneva 

Apéro with participating artists 

Lundi 19 septembre 2022 de 18h30 à 20h

Monday, the 19th of September, 2022  18:30-20:00 

Espace Kugler 

Av. de la Jonction 19, 1205 Genève  

Contact: Kasia Grabska +41797364698 or Whatsapp: +48607970127 

counters, reflections, and co-creation: exploring inspiration, motivation and artistic creation of artists engaged with themes of war, conflict, displacement and social (in)justice. 

This is part of an Open Space of the INSPIRE project examining artistic inspiration, creative practice and imagination in the context of war, conflict, exile and oppression carried out by Kasia Grabska at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo. With visual artists Anna Konik and Marisa Cornejo, Kasia co-organizes an open space in Geneva at Utopiana and Espace Kugler (17-21 September 2022) with artists who have lived experiences of exile, displacement, violent conflict or political persecution and whose creative practice relates to these themes. Through their personal experiences and methodologies invited artists will create a hybrid, multi-layered perspective on the creative space of exile and political oppression.  

Join us to meet and learn more about these fascinating artists, their personal and creative trajectories during an apéro at Espace Kugler on Monday, the 19th of September, 2022. 

Participating artists: 

  • Stella Gaitano a prominent writer on the Sudanese Arabic literary scene. Her writing explores themes of departure, motherhood, loss, and grief in the context of war in South Sudan. 
  • Chuu Wai a free-spirited and committed artist whose work often centers around the role of women in Burma. Her artistic practice includes painting and performance art.  
  • Mithkal Alghazir a choreographer and dancer from Syria. His work and research focuses on the body as a concept of humanity, a space of awareness, of life, history, future, harmony, and peace, as well as a space for poetry, memory, and imagination.  
  • Aissa Deebi a Palestinian artist and scholar based in Geneva. Aissa Deebi is a practicing artist, curator, and writer. His practice deals with issues of art and politics, with an emphasis on cultural migration, diaspora, exile, postcolonialism, history. (Zawyeh Gallery) (VCU Arts)  
  • Pablo Gershanik an artist, actor, director and theater pedagogue from Argent0ina and France. By animating inanimate objects in live and mediated performance, he interrogates the precarities of history, memory and the everyday to explore resilience and healing from personal and collective trauma. (Website) 
  • Anna Konik an artist working with video installation and art films, combines video, photography, drawing, art objects and works in-situ with a strong space context. (Website) 
  • Luis Carlos Tovar a visual artist who circulates between France and Colombia, producing work that explores the topics of discontinuous geographies and the role of post-memory in the present. (Website)  
  • Marisa Cornejo a research artist in the fields of memory, identity and migration, produces work that centers around drawing her dreams to give voice to and interrogate her body as an archive of forced migration. (Website)

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