Allies or Aliens? Collaborating Across Cultures

Lunch & daily meeting during the Kawral project, Mopti, Mali 2014

Open Engagement is an international conference and platform to support socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations. This year’s theme is POWER.

Allies or Aliens? Collaborating Across Cultures

Laura Anderson Barbata,  Janet Goldner, Melissa Potter, Miriam Schaer

A 4-person panel will examine issues of power and privilege in socially engaged collaborations involving artists from dramatically different communities. They will describe cross-cultural projects in Mali, Venezuela, the Republic of Georgia, and the repatriation from Norway of a 19th-century Mexican woman’s remains. The panelists, who all have long commitments to their adopted communities, will discuss the tensions between artists from developed and developing countries, the sustainability of projects beyond their initial implementation, and the pros and cons of grant- and self-funded projects.

You can get more information about the conference here