INSPIRE webportal. Illustration: INSPIRE project
INSPIRE webportal. Illustration: INSPIRE project

The INSPIRE project invites you to explore the role of art, artists and creative practice in and after violent conflict and war. Our work is particularly focused on arts and activism in Sudan, Myanmar and amongst exiled artists in several countries.

We start from the belief that research that engages artists, art and audiences allows us to better comprehend human experiences – not least in situations that are difficult to put into words. INSPIRE’s collaborative approach has aimed to bridge social sciences with humanities, drawing on work at the boundaries of art and social science. Using collaborative and arts-based methods, we highlight the importance of situated and embodied ways of understanding the world.

Our final conference follows the same approach, aiming to create inspiring exchanges between artists, researchers and audiences. The conference is kicked-off by the INSPIRE Art Award Ceremony Saturday 20 April 14:00-17:00 at Nitja Centre for Contemporary Art, our partner in the INSPIRE Art Award. Read more here.

All welcome! Sign up here!


Monday 22 April - PRIO

09:00 – 09:15    Welcome/introduction to project

09:15 - 10:30    Reflecting on creating and imagining together: Crossing methodological boundaries in research and art practice. With artists and researchers: Anna Konik, Luis Carlos Tovar, Pablo Gershanik, Chuu Wai, and Katarzyna Grabska

10:45 - 12:30    Myanmar Roundtable: artistic practices in and after the coup d’état. With Myanmar artists and researchers: Chuu Wai, Zun May Oo, Ida Fagervold, Sara Wong and Marte Nilsen. Films from Myanmar exiled artists in Mae Sot (Thailand) and Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh)

12:30 - 14:00    Open Gallery & Lunch from Den Fete Burmeser

14:00 - 15:30    Creative expression in times of repression. With: Ibrahim Mursal, Shwan Qaradaki, Yanina Zaichanka and Cindy Horst

Tuesday 23 April - PRIO

09:00 – 10:30    (Re)searching through art residencies. With: Ayman AlAzraq, Martin Bach, Daria Pugachova and Cindy Horst

10:45 – 12:15    Sudan Roundtable: artistic creativity and social transformations in times of political upheavals. With artists and researchers: Reem AlJeally, Mohammed Sonata, Khalid Shatta, Suzannah Mirghani, Alaa Sharif, Ruba El Malik, Omnia Shawkat and Katarzyna Grabska

12:15 - 13:45    Open Gallery & Lunch

13:45 – 14:45    Research-creation – Flouvenirs: fluid memories and political violences. With artists and researchers: Luis Carlos Tovar, Pablo Gershanik and Katarzyna Grabska

14:45 - 16:00    Cross-cutting discussion