Culture Initiative

AFEW International Culture Initiative was established in 2017 by AFEW International, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands. Our cultural and artist-in-residence (AIR) programme is envisaged as a platform to complement AFEW International’s already consolidated track record in advocacy, education and outreach campaigns on matters of public health in the Eastern Europe and Central Asian (EECA) region.

The artistic work put forward by our six artists-in-residence will be showcased at a variety of cultural institutions of the city of Amsterdam between May and July 2018, culminating with an extensive final exhibition taking place during the 22nd International AIDS Conference, scheduled between 23-27 July 2018. The exhibition, set up at the Conference’s Global Village, will be accessible to the general public.

Curatorial Overview and Objectives

We believe in arts and culture as an essential outlet to step outside the traditional public health organisation paradigm, while rendering access to information channels and different outlooks more accessible to the general public.

The Culture Initiative presents an innovative array of opportunities to spark fruitful, critical conversations and initiate cross-cultural dialogues between previously unconnected spheres. These include academia and education, medical research, fine and visual arts, cultural institutions, grassroots and community-based activism and support collectives.

Delivering representative, critical insight into the matters we dissect becomes more crucial in the current socio-political circumstances, where one-dimensional and dualistic portrayals of East vs West reign in all forms of public media. Both in the Netherlands and in EECA, as well as in a generally globalising context, pressing issues around HIV/AIDS and public health are weaponised as propaganda tools for reasons of political convenience.

Against the backdrop of ideological polarisation, together with the current epidemiological crisis affecting the EECA region disproportionately in terms of newly diagnosed HIV/STI infections, we are in dire need of brokering a new approach towards more effective collaboration between regions and communities.

We invite you to navigate our website as an archival platform, through which you can delve deeper into the interests, motivations and stories behind the work of our artists and our collaborating institutions. Subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletters and follow us on our Facebook and Instagram pages to keep up to date with our latest featured articles, interviews, news releases and calls for collaboration.

Culture Initiative website: https://www.AFEW-cultureinitiative.org

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