ARTICLE 19 London Freemuse
London Turkish Publishers Association
February 2019, Bangkok - Inaugural Meeting of the EU/UNESCO Expert Facility
UNESCO convened in Bangkok, Thailand, from 12 to 14 February 2019, the first meeting of the EU/UNESCO Expert Facility, to discuss global strategies to support the emergence of strong and dynamic creative sectors in developing countries. I am among the 42 international experts, with recognized expertise in issues related to creative industries, cultural entrepreneurship, cultural policy, cultural statistics and indicators, digital, artistic freedom, media diversity, trade, status of the artist, gender equality and intellectual property rights.
April 2019, Seoul - International Conference on Cultural Diversity, Korean UNESCO Commission
Such an honour to be invited to speak on freedom of artistic expression at the UNESCO's Korean National Commission's International Conference on Cultural Diversity on 18 April in Seoul. Artistic freedom is a fundamental right too often suppressed, yet when confronted with repression, artists around the world have found ways to combat these challenges. It was so good to see such a thriving and exciting cultural scene in South Korea and I hope to have the opportunity to return soon.
September 2018 – OSCE, Vienna
Arts are the oxygen of society, human rights are the ground we stand on. I took part in a panel discussion held on 28 September at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna: “Freedom of Artistic and Cultural Expression: Respecting Intellectual Life and Creative Freedom”. With Turkish film director, Ismet Kurtulus, Srirak Plipat ( Freemuse ) and Harlem Désir,special representative for freedom of the media at the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and attended by OSCE diplomats and experts. The event was aimed at encouraging the OSCE to work more extensively on artistic freedom as a fundamental right.
August 2018: Shilpa Gupta - For, in your tongue, I cannot hide
Proud to have worked for the wonderful artist, Shilpa Gupta, researching the cases of 100 silenced poets for her installation commissioned by the Edinburgh Arts Festival 2018.
For more read this interview with the Guardian's Andrew Dixon 'Shilpa Gupta: The artist bringing silenced poets back to life'