Second Joint Annual Engaged Artivist Award on Atrocity Prevention and Human Rights: Call for Applications
After the successful recent launch of the first edition of this joint initiative, and to celebrate 75 years of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Global Campus of Human Rights (GC) and the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities (AIPG), in collaboration with the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP) at Binghamton University, are thrilled to announce the call for applications for the second edition of the Joint Annual Engaged Artivist Award on Atrocity Prevention and Human Rights.
Eligible Artivists may submit their applications from 18 October until 10 December 2023 (Human Rights Day).
The purpose of this Award is to recognise the work of Artivists (artist-activists), highlighting the original ways in which they respond creatively to large-scale identity-based violence and mass atrocity in varying conflict contexts and geographic regions across the globe. The concept of “Art as Atrocity Prevention” is related to the role of the arts in mitigating risk factors associated with genocide, other mass atrocities, and identity-based violence, as well as the use of the arts as a powerful tool to contribute to the transformation of post-atrocity societies. The sponsoring institutions understand atrocity prevention broadly.
Among other things, artistic interventions can be seen as preventive when they:
Contribute to improving the human rights of groups of people who have been marginalised;
Call attention to violence or discrimination against groups of people;
Demand justice for past human rights violations; or
Depict visions for a different future where identity-based violence is less likely to occur.
This Joint Annual Engaged Artivist Award emphasises the ways in which Artivists around the world are working directly to mitigate atrocity risk factors, as well as the importance of art as an effective tool in processes of healing, reconciliation, and reparations. It encourages engaged artists to reflect on their role in the prevention of identity-based violence and the promotion of human rights by taking action, choosing a human rights issue and using art as a tool for effective communication.
The aim of this Award is to strengthen the quintessential role of the arts in the prevention of systematic violence, demonstrating how art may be used as a grassroots tool for addressing political violence and human rights abuses — and for advancing peacebuilding, transitional justice, and prevention efforts.
The award will be given to one selected Artivist to support their work related to the topic of genocide and mass atrocity prevention, broadly understood. The selected Artivist will benefit from a year-long residency during which the sponsoring institutions will provide the following resources:
A residency from mid-August 2024 to mid-December 2024 at the Global Campus of Human Rights headquarters in Venice, Italy, with the possibility to participate actively in the educational activities of the Global Campus during this period and audit relevant classes and with a stipend of EUR 12,000 to support room and board, workspace, and any other needs;
A residency from January 2025 to May 2025 at Binghamton University’s Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention in Binghamton, New York, with the possibility to audit relevant classes and with a stipend of USD 22,000 to support housing and other needs;
A week-long visit to one of the offices of the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities in either New York (USA), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Kampala (Uganda), Bucharest (Romania), or Oświęcim (Poland); and
The costs associated with travel to and from Venice, travel to and from Binghamton and travel to and from to an Auschwitz Institute office, including all relevant visas (as necessary and separately).
The selected Artivist will be honored during the Ceremony of the Awarding of Diplomas of the “European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation” (Global Campus Europe) in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice, Italy, at the end of September 2024, where the artist’s selected past work will be displayed and photographed. Following the two residencies, the three institutions will offer a joint certificate to the Artivist acknowledging the completion of the unique artistic visiting research period.
The call for applications is open to Artivists from 18 October 2023 until 10 December 2023 by clicking here .
Interested Artivists are asked to submit the following materials:
A resume or CV;
A written proposal of no more than 2 pages describing what the Artivist would like to accomplish over the award period. This can include the development or creation of a new artistic piece, or a justification for how the artist plans to benefit from the professional development resources of the three institutions;
Photographs of a past artistic intervention that engages with the themes of the award; and
A short biographical statement of the Artivist and references.