Braver Spaces: Realities, Barriers & Scopes of Exile in the European Artistic Field | Panel 2 – Institutional Voices

Sunday, 02.06.2024 | 3:30 p.m. | Uferstudios, Studio 1

Language: English | Free entry (Registration needed) | Length: 90 Min

The complexity of the term “exile” goes hand in hand with a wide variety of living and working realities for non-European performing artists in Europe. Forced exile, political exile, experiences of being excluded within one’s own community or the positions of queer artists within European event contexts raise complex questions about free spaces and barriers to working, acting and speaking. By including two panel discussions in the festival program, tanzpol aims to give artists, activists, curators and representatives of cultural institutions a platform outside of their artistic, administrative, curatorial and political practice. The needs, obstacles and scope for action of artists from the Iranian and Afghan contexts in Europe will be discussed with regard to the creation of working structures and networking structures, both from the perspective of artists and institutions.

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Notes on accessibility

This event will be offered as a Relaxed Performance. Both panels will be in English. Childcare will be provided. For detailed information on child-care and further details on accessibility please click here:

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Guests: Maria Carmela Mini, Bahareh Sharifi, tba.
Moderation: Ozi Ozar

Ozi Ozar is a Tehran-born queer artist based in Berlin and Frankfurt am Main. Ozi studied theater and film directing in Tehran and dramaturgy in Frankfurt. Ozi’s artistic approach revolves around comedy, interactive theater and the translation of social media functions into theater and vice versa, focusing on the discourse of identity politics, accessibility of education and queerness. As a multidisciplinary freelancer, Ozi has experience as a director, dramaturg, translator, graphic and web designer, performer and social media entertainer. Since the beginning of the Woman* Life Freedom Movement in Iran, Ozi has dedicated his social media to the revolution in Iran and has been part of the Woman* Life Freedom Collective in Berlin and co-curates the online gallery Voices of Iran in collaboration with international production houses. Ozi is part of the program team of Ballhaus Ost Berlin.

Bahareh Sharifi is the Program Manager of Diversity Arts Culture and a cultural sociologist. She also researches the history of migrant and refugee movement in Germany. Prior to assuming her current position, she was the diversity consultant for the Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung and worked as a curator for different cultural institutions.