Publications und Events of the Martin Roth-Initiative

To foster knowledge and contribute examples of good practice for the enhancement of existing relocation programmes, one field of MRI´s activity is dedicated to accompanying research and international networking with other programmes. The results are published and discussed at events that aim to stimulate expert dialogue and exchange between researchers and the global community of practice.



On 9 September 2021 MRI invited its network for the online event "Artistic Freedom & Mobility: Learnings from the Pandemic".

Session 1: Panel debate on artistic freedom and international exchange beyond Covid-19 (2pm - 3:30pm CEST)

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the creative and cultural sectors hard and restricts the mobility and opportunities of artists worldwide. What did we learn from the pandemic about how to support artists and cultural activists in situations of political, social and economic threat? The panel included Khaled Barakeh (artist, cultural activist and founder of coculture e.V.), Manmeet Kaur (MC and rap pioneer from India) and António Pedro Mendes (production manager and curatorial assistant at SAVVY Contemporary).

Session 2: Workshop: findings and recommendations on how to maintain spaces of artistic freedom beyond the Covid crisis (4pm -  5:30pm)

The workshop aimed to discuss the interim findings of MRI´s ongoing research project on artistic freedom and mobility with a focus on Turkey and the Middle East. Participants include Pelin Çakır (researcher of the MRI study) and Dr Ezgi Bakçay (researcher and curator/co-director of Karşı Sanat).

Welcoming address by Claudia Roth (Vice-President of the German Bundestag)

Please find the detailed event programme here.

Artistic Freedom & Mobility


Previous publications include:

  • "Relocating Artists at Risk in Latin America" (2021) - in English (full report and summary) and Spanish (full report and summary)
    • podcast "¡El Arte no Calla!" (episode 9) in cooperation with Artists at Risk Connection (ARC)/PEN America (English script here): 

External resources:

The 2021 "Safety Guide for Artists" by Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) compiles useful information about risk analysis, digital safety, threat documentation, finding assistance and recovering from risk. It is available for free in English, Spanish and French.