ABOUT US

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ImmigrantART is an initiative that has come about in response to the flood of new and prospective creative talent that has been arriving in Europe in recent years.

In the current political climate, it can be challenging to be recognized for one’s talent and expertise rather than the (often stereotypical) socio-cultural identities that are assigned to us, whatever our nationality, physical appearance and length of time spent in a country. In spite of the many and different challenges that foreign residents face, artistry, creativity and skills remain. It is very often during times of struggle that art flourishes and finds new wings, and we aim to fly high. Immigrant Art is responding to the need that newcomer and long-term foreign residents have for creating a peer network, for finding a public space for their artistic expression, for identifying with the communities in which they live and work, and for enjoying enthusiasm and support for their artistic skills.

We connect with people and people connect with us

We engage with voluntary (i.e moved to a country by choice), involuntary (i.e. moved to a country because they had no choice but to leave another country) migrants, locals, municipalities and civil society.

We have a core team who develop projects in conjunction with artists and institutions

Through exhibitions, workshops and other creative projects and experiments, we communicate various forms of art created by immigrants in collaboration with fellow members of society.

We make use of and continually expand our network

We regularly attend events related to migration, immigration, culture and the arts, and we keep in touch with the members of our Facebook group. We also support and promote our artists work when and whenever we can.

We are starting local, going national and we will be international

Our core team is based in Copenhagen and now also in Jutland. We are engaging in dialogue with prospective partners in Sweden and Finland.

Our goal is to FACILITATE the access and participation of foreign artists living in Denmark, to CREATE new forms of artistic collaboration and output, and CONTRIBUTE with new knowledge to the discourse on migration, immigration and to dealing with difference in society.

We are facilitators, event makers, sparring partners, knowledge generators and providers, mediators and more. We are the go-to for all foreign artists no matter how long they have been in the country, and no matter their reasons for being here. We are a natural partner for public, private and civil society creativity-oriented organizations, nationally and internationally. We are a non-profit, volunteer-based start-up. We believe that if we are to contribute to making human communities successful and sustainable while organically embracing diversity, our activities must involve cross-cultural collaboration, inclusion and acceptance.

 

We are VISUAL ARTISTS, textile artists, sculptors, CURATORS, photographers, FILM MAKERS, producers, writers, designers, POETS, practitioners, scientists, activists, FRIENDS and more. We are UNITED in our passion for art, creativity and freedom of expression for all.

We are currently running as a volunteer group, and will shortly be established as a non-profit association. The members of our core group decide on the priorities of the initiative and manage the everyday operations. Some members are artists themselves and are involved projects within and outside of Immigrant Art. The artists we are currently in touch with are from across the globe and cover a wide range of disciplines: fine art, contemporary art, textile arts, visual arts, graphic design, film & media, journalism, poetry and prose, novelists, sculptors and more. We have a growing circle of casual volunteers who are helping out with various tasks.

If you have any skills you think we could put to use, please do get in touch. We are in touch with various institutions and individuals who are helping get ImmigrantART off the ground by spreading news about our initiative, encouraging artists to join us, and providing support, venues and more. There are also people in our group who are here because they like what we do, and we like it that they are here!

Read more about our core group members by clicking on the names:

Nicol Savinetti (director, researcher / PhD in Social Sciences)
Angélique Sanossain (project developer / Visual Artist)
Álvaro Gonzaléz (project developer / Visual Artist)
Mayra Navarrete (project developer / Owner Mayra Navarrete Photography)
Júlia Machado (project developer/ PhD Candidate in Film and Media Studies)
Sacramento Rosello (project developer, researcher / PhD in Literature and Cultural Studies)
Susanna Inkinen (communications advisor / Media Advisor)
Tina Vehage Lorien (curator / Owner of Gallerie Lorien)
Maria Dubin (advisor / Visual Artist)
Behnaz (advisor / Visual Artist)

On leave:
Janice Dunn (project developer / Theatre director, Joint founder of Faster Pussycat theatre company)
Patrick Dan Lorien (fundraiser, IT developer / Writer, PhD Archaeology)