ASSEMBLE: Dialogues and Belonging

Thursday 21 March – Sunday 24 March, 2024 | Goethe-Institut Cyprus, Nicosia

Join us for ASSEMBLE – a programme centring on artistic practice and international exchange in the context of global challenges and inequalities around exile and displacement. 

ASSEMBLE brings together an exhibition of artworks and dialogues focussing on the rights of artists whose practice has been disrupted by forced migration and the role of culture within refugee support.

22-24 March, 10:00-20:00 
Opening: Thursday 21 March, 18:00-21:00
Exhibition tour and artists in conversation:
23 March, 11:00 – 12:30

Friday 22 March, 10:00-17:00
A day of discussion inviting artists, cultural producers and refugee support agencies to talk about practice and collaboration. Register your interest here.

Belonging exhibition

Friday 22 – Sunday 24 March, 10:00-20:00, Goethe-Institut

Belonging goes beyond borders to showcase the work of artists whose practice has been disrupted by forced migration – who have adapted to new environments and found ways to pursue their artistic practice, despite huge challenges.

Curated by Shirin Zeraaty, Belonging in Cyprus showcases five selected artworks from the original virtual exhibition and a new contribution by a Cypriot artist. The participating artists are: Myriam Dalal, Alia Gargum, Oleksandra Lytvyn, Amak Mahmoodian, Zariq Rosita Hanif and Efi Savvides. 

Find out more about the artists here.

Saturday 23 March, 11:00-12:30: exhibition tour of Belonging with the curator Shirin Zeraaty and conversation with participating artists. Participation is free. Please register if you’d like to attend this event here.

Dialogues programme

Friday 22 March, 10:00-17:00, Goethe-Institut

The Dialogues create space for knowledge exchange, spanning the professional development of artists, ethics and care to the role of culture in supporting people with lived experience of forced displacement. 

This event is for any individual or organisation who advocates for art and culture, works in the field of supporting people whose lives have been disrupted by forced migration, or has an interest in both.

The dialogues will be a chance to learn from international and local perspectives, an opportunity to connect, ask questions and share approaches and challenges faced.

Find out more about the speakers here.

Friday 22 March

10:00 – 12:00: The role of culture within refugee support NGOs

Guests speakers: Manos Mathioudakis, Senior Integration Officer, Cyprus Refugee Council, and Mónica Laiseca, Manager, Refugee Festival Scotland, Scottish Refugee Council.

14:00-17:00: Supporting the practice of visual artists and cultural professionals impacted by exile and displacement 

Guest speakers: Soizig Carey, Cross Borders (Scotland); Safi Sakran and Aseel Eisa, MedeArts (Jordan), and Ixone Sadaba, Moving Artists (Spain).

Participation is free. There are limited spaces – please help us keep track of numbers by registering for the events you’re interested in here.

Background image: sculpture detail courtesy of Alia Gargum