13.05.2017 / 11:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.
Onassis Cultural Center
107 Syngrou Avenue,
11745 Athens, Greece
FFF4 – International Symposium: On Homelands and the Stateless as the World Tilts Right
An international symposium co-organized by the Fast Forward Festival and Creative Time (New York) that brings together international and Greek delegations of artists, curators, cultural administrators, and organizers to address the challenges facing progressive artists and activist communities under prevailing economic and political conditions.
Co-organized by The Onassis Cultural Centre and Creative Time (New York), the international symposium, part of the Fast Forward Festival, “On Homelands and the Stateless as the World Tilts Right”will serve as a discursive platform offering expressions of solidarity, interdependence and resistance in this critical moment.
Taking its cue from the Fast Forward Festival’s thematic interest in transcending borderlines, the symposium brings together seven international and Greek delegations of artists, curators, cultural administrators, and organizers to provide geographically diverse, transdisciplinary, on-the ground accounts of political and aesthetic tactics to effectively mobilize in the face of statelessness, virulent nationalisms, and increasingly precarious livelihoods.
Athens today is witness to two of the world’s most urgent, and lived, issues. The destruction wrought by the Syrian war has caused thousands to flee to Greece’s shores. At the same time, a strict austerity regime and the resurgence of neoliberalism have caused a multifaceted social crisis. Globally, these events have found terrifying handmaidens in the rise of xenophobia, reactive populism, and waning support for internationalism. At this critical conjuncture, the “On Homelands and the Stateless as the World Tilts Right” symposium will address the challenges facing progressive artists and activist communities under prevailing economic and political conditions.
Curated by:Katia Arfara, Artist Director of Theatre & Dance, Onassis Cultural CentreNato Thompson, Artistic Director, Creative Time
Director of Creative Time Summit: Sally SzwedOrganization: Marina TroupiCoordination: Teal Baskerville