Art for change - The Netherlands: A creative knowledge co-creation with 10 queer artists with a forced migration background

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Abstract

Fabian Holle, is conducting research on the role of art practices in the lives of 10 LGBTQ+ artists with a forced migration background. Fabian Holle initiated this research project as a master student (supported by PhD researcher Maria Rast) and is now continuing it as a PhD candidate. Due to COVID-19 (and measures taken to contain it), these artists are dealing with uncertainties, anxieties and separation from their communities and loved ones. Additionally, seeing that most artistic assignments and events have been cancelled, some experience a loss of income. Through Art for Change, we try to find a way (and learn more about how) to show solidarity through engaged scholarship in times of a pandemic. We began by connecting with these artists (online), engaging in conversations and interviews, and inviting them to develop remunerated artistic works (using creative writing, music, graphic design and film) about (their) experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through processes of (knowledge) co-creation, collaboration, and curation, we documented stories of these artists’ challenges and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking into consideration that arts-based research methods bear the potential of creating a novel space for alternative narratives, critical voices, emotions, hope, and creative ideas, our aim was also to establish a space for stories that challenge and unsettle dominant negative images of refugees.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

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