• Street art by artist Laxman Karmacharya in Post-Earthquake Community Art Project by ArTree Photo: Sisan Baniya
  • Scholars, practitioners, and artists working in the intersection between art and peace building are target group for the seminar. Photo: Zekria Gullistan, Afghanistan
  • The artist Mariam Ghani is doing a keynote speech about her art and its ties to Afghanistan.
  • Seminar keynote speaker Professor Yudhishtir Raj Isar will talk under the title 'The artist as peace-builder: Between fact and fantasy'
  • PhD Ereshnee Naidu-Silvermann will present the findings of the CKU-commissioned study 'The Contribution of Art and Culture to peace and Reconciliation'.

Seminar: Art and Culture in Peace and Reconciliation Processes

DATE: 20 Nov 15 - 21 Nov 15

Can art create peace? Has culture anything to offer in post-conflict situations? And how can artists and culture institutions strengthen dialogue and reconciliation?

These are some of the questions that will be discussed, when the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) invites to a two-day regional seminar in Jakarta about the contribution of art and culture in peace and reconciliation processes. The seminar has a special focus on Asia and is co-arranged with the Embassy of Denmark in Indonesia and the Jakarta Biennale.

The seminar gathers scholars, art/development practitioners, and artists working in the intersection between art and peace building.

The aim is to share knowledge and experiences in order to identify best practices and methods of working with conflict prevention and reconciliation through art and culture. The seminar also provides networking opportunities between artists, curators and institutions from Denmark, Nepal, Pakistan and Indonesia.

Keynote speakers at the seminar
Keynote speakers Professor Yudhishtir Raj Isar, artist Mariam Ghani and curator Ade Darmawan will provide insights on the interlink between art/culture and peace/reconciliation and give solid background for the further discussions at the seminar.

A new study commissioned by CKU and authored by PhD Ereshnee Naidu-Silverman about the contribution of art and culture in peace and reconciliation processes will be presented at the seminar. The study provides evidence, based on research and case studies, on the linkages between art and culture and their role in pre- and post-conflict interventions for participants to use in their future efforts.

The study will be launched and distributed prior to the seminar (submit to newsletter in the box to the right, if interested).

Networking opportunities and guided Jakarta Biennale tour
You will have rich opportunities to share your own experiences and contribute to building our common knowledge base of the role of art and culture in peace and reconciliation processes.

The seminar programme includes a guided tour at the Jakarta Biennale; participatory workshops; sessions on art and culture and their linkages to peace and reconciliation; photo exhibition by Nepal Picture Library; artist performances; inspirational talks and networking opportunties.

Registration and participation
The seminar is free of charge and everyone with an interest in art and culture in peace and reconciliation processes are invited to participate. There is a limited number of seats available, so please register early and before the 1st of November to ensure participation.

Please register by using the link in the right side of this page.


SEMINAR PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

Day 1

9:00-9:30 Arrival, registration (tea/coffee)
9:30-9:45 Opening by Denmark’s Ambassador to Indonesia Casper Klynge

Session 1 THE ARTIST AS PEACEBUILDER

9:45-10:30 Keynote speaker Professor Yudhishtir Raj Isar: ‘The artist as peace-builder: Between fact and fantasy’
10:30-10:45 Q&A
10:45-10:55 Performance

Session 2 WAR, TERROR, AND ART

10:55-11:45 Keynote speaker Mariam Ghani
11:45-12:00 Q&A
12:00-12.30 Lunch break

Session 3 THE CONTRIBUTION OF ART AND CULTURE TO PEACE AND RECONCILATION

12:30-13:15 Keynote speaker Dr. Ereshnee Naidu-Silverman: ‘The contribution of art and culture to peace and reconciliation’
13:15-13:30 Q&A
13:30-13:45 Artist performance by Yukta Bajracharya & Ujjwala Maharjan, Word Warriors, Nepal.

Session 4 ARTISTIC RESPONSES TO CONFLICT IN ASIA AND BEYOND

13:45-15:15 Inspirational talks

  • Bhushan Shilpakar, Nepal Picture Library, Nepal: Inclusive history through photography and creative curriculum development
  • Nischal Oli, Siddhartha Art Foundation, Nepal: Earthquake response from arts community in Nepal
  • Shaheed Nadeem, Ajoka Theatre, Pakistan: Using theatre to address sensitive issues
  • Raziq Fahim, College of Youth Activism and Development, Pakistan: Art as anti-radicalisation
  • Rasmus Vestergaard, Digital Interactive Art Space (DIAS), Denmark: Inclusion, dialogue and art in public space
  • Mira Kusumarini, Search for Common Ground (SFCG), Indonesia: Music for peacebuilding in Bali

15:15-15:45 Break (tea/coffee)
15:45-16:30 Group discussions: Dilemmas in practice
16:30-17.00 Sum up in plenum

Session 5 PECHA KUCHA NETWORKING 20x20x8 

17:00-18:00 Pecha Kucha presentations by art institutions, practitioners and other stakeholders working with art and culture in post-conflict situations
18:00-18:30 Drinks and networking
18:30 End of day 1

Day 2

8:30-9:00 Arrival and registration (tea/coffee)
9:00-9:15 Welcome day 2

Session 6 JAKARTA BIENNALE 2015

9:30-10:15 Ade Darmawan: Introducing the Jakarta Biennale 2015: Neither Forward nor Back – Acting in the present
10:30-15:30 Guided tour curated around the theme of the seminar prepared by the Jakarta Biennale.

Session 7 PEACE AND RECONCILIATION THROUGH ART AND CULTURE – SEMINAR CLOSING

16:00-17:00 Keynote speaker (TBC)
17:00-18:00 Seminar closing statement and reception.