Belonging features the work of 11 artists whose practice has been disrupted by forced migration. A driving force for this collaboration is the belief that everyone should have the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, as set out in Article 27 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
The curator Shirin Zeraaty says: “At the heart of the programme has been the chance to learn from artists who have adapted to new environments and found ways to pursue their artistic practice, despite huge challenges. This is a chance to remember that artists are individuals with diverse perspectives. I hope that people will engage with the artworks beyond preconceived notions.”
Belonging is part of Artists Connecting in Transition (ACT) – an international collaboration between artists in exile and studio spaces that support them. Led by D6 (UK), with studio spaces MedeArts (Jordan) and arthereistanbul (Turkey), bringing in the expertise of the Fanak Fund, who work across the Arab speaking world, ACT sets out to connect artists whose practice has been disrupted by forced migration and address the challenges they face.