Interventions on the Protection and Promotion of Artistic Freedom
6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Venue: Haus Ungarn
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 9, 10178 Berlin

The ARTS RIGHTS JUSTICE Programme at the University of Hildesheim and CoCulture e. V. cordially invite to the event and exhibition FREEDOM TRANSMISSIONS – Interventions on the Protection and Promotion of Artistic Freedom on June 6, 2019, in Berlin.

UNESCO defines artistic freedom as “the freedom to imagine, create and distribute diverse cultural expressions free of governmental censorship, political interference or the pressures of non-state actors” – but what does the term really mean and how does it strive in the time of censorship, restrictions or even threats and prosecutions that cultural actors are facing worldwide? More relevant than ever, the debate on freedom of artistic expression is increasingly present in a variety of its forms, aiming to cover its aspects ranging from the artistic creation to legal structures. Approaching these global challenges from different standpoints, the ARTS RIGHTS JUSTICE Programme at the University of Hildesheim and CoCulture e. V., a Berlin-based non-profit cultural organization, have joined forces to tackle the topic through FREEDOM TRANSMISSIONS – an event dedicated to interventions on the protection and promotion of artistic freedom, which is taking place as part of the Long Night of Ideas 2019, initiated and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.


FREEDOM TRANSMISSIONS presents the topics ARTS, RIGHTS, JUSTICE and HOW FREE IS FREE? in four respective rooms and consists of parallel events ranging from artwork exhibitions, screenings and performances to debates and talks. We invite you to freely explore the rooms any time – each room exhibits specific content and art works throughout the whole evening. Please find details about their content below. At the same time, we invite you to attend artistic live interventions and activities, and to actively engage in debates with artists and experts from the field of the protection of artistic freedom of expression. The event will start at 6pm and will continue until midnight.

… provides insight into the definition of freedom of artistic expression as well as the challenges facing freedom of artistic expression. It outlines the different instruments and actors involved in protecting and promoting freedom of artistic expression. Please feel invited to explore topics through the paintings and art-works of:

Azza Abo Rebieh: Plate 09, 2018, Plate 10, 2018, Plate 11, 2018, Plate 12, 2018, Plate 16, 2017, Plate 17, 2018
DINO Ahmad Ali: Snonoia, 2015

… explores the legal mechanisms that protect and defend freedom of artistic expression. It showcases the meaning of censorship and the absence of rights to artistic expression, as well as the possible effect on artistic productions. Let us introduce you to the works of:

Tewa Barnosa: Sun on closed windows, 2019
Ahmed Elbukhari: Kashan in Sun on closed windows, 2017, (artist talk at 9:30pm)
Fatemeh Ekhtesari: A feminstic discussion before boiling the potatoes, 2010, (artist talk and performance at 9:30pm)

… questions the power relations behind the word ‘justice’ with regard to freedom of artistic expression. It presents different models for protecting artistic freedom in constitutional and legal systems and invites you to create your own picture of the definition of justice with the paintings of:

Taeyong Jeong: Look Inside (The last divided country in the world), 2018
Zehra Dogan: Mardin Prison, 2016, Mardin Prison – Why do these birds land in prison?, 2016, Mardin Prison – Imprisoned love, 2016, Mardin Prison – Painting the yard, 2016, Mardin Prison – Nursan mother, 2016, Mardin Prison – Imprisoned sleep, 2016
Andra Matei with Don Stone and Katia Hermann: Graffiti: Free expression or vandalism?, (panel discussion at 8:15pm)

… aims to provide space for your own thoughts, questions and opinions on freedom of artistic expression and freedom of expression in general. Inspired by the running movie and exhibited books, feel free to engage in debates and discussions on the subject:

Disnovation Collection: BLACKLISTS – VOL. I-XIII. Nicolas Maigret & Maria Roszkowska (ed.)
The Cleaners. A documentary by Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck, 2018. (starts at 10:30pm)

Part of the event and exhibition will be also an exclusive postcard edition with motives from Guerilla Girls, Azza Abo Rebieh, Zehra Doğan, Tewa Barnosa, Natalia LL.



6 p.m. Doors Open                                                                                                                                                                                             

6:15 p.m. Opening and Guided Tour
Wolfgang Schneider: Introduction of the ARJ Programme and the ARJ Studies
Khaled Barakeh: Introduction of CoCulture e. V. and the concept of FREEDOM TRANSMISSIONS

 7:15 p.m. Artistic Performance
Bananas, power & women- a performance reflecting on Detail, „Consumer“ Art by Natalia LL, 1972-1975

 8:15 p.m. Panel Discussion
Andra Matei with Don Stone and Katia Hermann: Graffiti: Free expression or vandalism?

 9:30 p.m. Artists’ Talks and Artistic Performance
Tewa Barnosa: Sun on closed windows
Fatemeh Ekhtesari: A feministic discussion before boiling the potatoes
Ahmed Elbukhari: When the ban comes from society!

 Three artists, from different backgrounds, share their personal stories of censorship and how they dealt with it.

 10:30 p.m. Film Screening
‘The Cleaners’ (2018). A documentary of Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck.

Please feel free to download the full programme here: Programme FREEDOM TRANSMISSIONS