Art in Exile
2505 17th St.
Art in Exile creates a platform for artists through times of tyranny, war, and exile to showcase their work and tell their own story. Through films, panel discussions, artwork, and music, Art in Exile will explore the challenges and potential for art as a means of political expression and as catharsis for trying to make sense of conflict and injustice. As Art in Exile expands, it will serve as a formal distribution mechanism to larger markets for artists affected by conflict and exiled from their countries. It will also provide a non-threatening environment for constructive dialogue through artistic expression and a means to reach out to and educate those searching for a human face in a sea of complex political realities and devastating war.
As of 2014, there are nearly 20 million refugees worldwide escaping
conflict and political persecution. Around half of this figure are
people hailing from the Middle East and North Africa. Fleeing
political and religious persecution and violent conflict has led to the
largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Despite the work of
hundreds of humanitarian organizations, the human face of these
conflicts is often left unseen and unheard.
Art in Exile aims to fill this gap by creating an opportunity for artists in exile to tell their own personal stories and highlight the plight of their communities to a larger audience in the United States, Europe and globally, while simultaneously providing them with a distribution outlet for their artwork.