Alia Gargum, My grandmother’s house, my country’s flag / منزل جدتي , علم بلدي, 2022

ASSEMBLE connects artists whose practice has been disrupted by forced migration and organisations that promote human rights to address the inequalities they face

By the end of 2022, over 108 million people globally were displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence and human rights violations with a noted increase in those displaced due to the climate crisis. 35 million sought refuge in another country, and in 2022 Cyprus had the European Union’s highest percentage, per-population, of people seeking asylum.

Working with studios supporting artists in exile and civil society organisations in Cyprus and internationally, ASSEMBLE will share best practice and learning to enable the sector to better support artists with lived experience of displacement.

The project began with a research visit to studio space arthereistanbul in Turkey where D6:EU directors and organisations from France, Jordan and the UK took part in knowledge sharing workshops. 

ASSEMBLE is a partnership between D6:EU, D6 Culture in Transit and the Cyprus Refugee Council (CyRC), the first NGO in Cyprus to focus on refugees, asylum seekers, detainees and trafficking victims.

Image: Presentation by Belonging artist Amak Mahmoodian 

Join us for ASSEMBLE

21 March – 24 March | Goethe-Institut, Nicosia
ASSEMBLE brings together an exhibition of artworks and dialogues focussing on cultural rights for artists whose practice has been disrupted by forced migration. Find out more.

Meet the artists in Belonging

Curated by Shirin Zeraaty, Belonging in Cyprus showcases five selected artworks from the original virtual exhibition and a new contribution by a Cypriot artist. Find out more here.

Speakers – the Dialogues

Our speakers for the Dialogues span NGOs, cultural organisations, networks and artists – creating a space for knowledge exchange and discussion.

Selected artists for virtual exhibition

Belonging is a new virtual exhibition that will support 11 artists whose practice has been disrupted by forced migration and addresses the inequalities they face.

Belonging – virtual exhibition

Belonging celebrates the work of 11 artists who have adapted to new environments and found ways to pursue their artistic practice, despite huge challenges.