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International Migration Art Festival IMAF

The International Migration Art Festival (IMAFestival) is presented by EatArt.
EatArt is a nonprofit organization legally registered in Italy. EatArt aims at helping and promoting artist

ic talent in different cultural venues and art categories, such as, cinema, literature, music and visual art by giving national and internationals exposure.

According to Eat Art aims, Rossella Canevari, Elena Maria Manzini and René Manenti conceived IMAF to discover new talents while focusing the spotlight on the relevant issue of migration, especially on its cultural and social dimensions.
Migration is a worldwide phenomenon. Virtually, all nations are involved as receiving, sending or transit countries. According to the U.N. Population Division 2009 report, “the world is expected to have 214 million international migrants in 2010, 19 million more than in 2005. Sixty percent of the world’s international migrants reside in more developed regions. Most of the world’s migrants live in Europe (70 million in 2010), followed by Asia (61 million) and North America (50 million). With 43 million migrants expected in 2010,the United States of America hosts the larger number of international migrants…”
Aware of the many problems and tensions that migrants are often associated with, the IMAFestival aims at highlighting the rich and positive complexity of such a phenomenon through the eyes and sensibilities of the artists. At the same time, artists will have an opportunity to show their talent to a large audience and hopefully influence, in a favorable way, the frequently bleak perception of “strangers”.
In order to reach his goals IMAFestival promotes every year the international contest “Art Your Food” on the theme “FOOD AND MIGRATION”. The finalists and winners such contest will be awarded by competent jurors with concrete opportunities to show their work in important venues and meet influential people in the art world. The website and the events organized in different cities are becoming the marketplace where artists, experts, aficionados and the public mingle to exchange and share views and experiences on art, food and the proposed theme.

ART COMPETITION OF FILM, MUSIC, LITERATURE AND VISUAL ART

THE CONTEST “ART YOUR FOOD” – Milan, New York and London

“Art Your Food”, the second edition of the International Migration Art Festival (IMAFestival), invites participating artists to submit works on the theme of “Food and Migration” in four art categories: Film, Literature, Visual Arts and Music.

www.imafestival.com


Living on a Border project

Living on a Border is an international research and art project that deals with the migration issue in Europe – especially in the EU – and tries

to demystify the migration phenomenon and clarify the situation in light of the fact that in public discourse migrations are usually understood as negative, threatening, or conflictual. In dissemination part of the project we use artistic, performative approach followed by multimedia installation Permanent Waiting Room to present results of the research process to wide public in all partner countries: Italy, Slovenia, Austria and the UK. Such demystification and clarification is especially important if we keep in mind that in the last decade migration processes have been increasing throughout all of Europe (primarily in the EU) and the USA (that is, in the entire so called “developed and prosperous, democratic and civilised western world”); these processes are simultaneously a product of and a threat to their governments.


The migrating Art Academies MigAA

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MigAA volume, titled Migrating:Art:Academies:

The Migrating Art Academies (MigAA) project is an ongoing aggregate network of participating art academies, people and events. A radical departure from the traditional learning process within bricks-and-mortar, MigAA released a cadre of graduate art students for a series of mobile and located explorations that, literally, spanned Europe, from the Baltic beaches of Lithuania to the Gironde Estuary in France, the Tatras mountains of Slovakia and elsewhere. With public manifestations in Linz, Austria at the prestigious Ars Electronica festival, in Berlin at the Collegium Hungaricum, in Royan, France and numerous other places on the way, the students piloted their Media RVs (recreational vehicles) along the highways and byways of Europe.

The basic idea behind the project is to challenge the traditional and habitual artistic routines of the students in order to inspire their continued creative development. The Migrating Art Academies project is an attempt to juxtapose the digital, non-haptic, anonymous, collective, and virtual on one hand with the unique, corporeal, and individual on the other. The project concentrates on social and interpersonal communication and encounters between differing cultural habits. “The breach between locations are the breaches between the individuals’, as the Maître à penser of this project, Vilém Flusser, once stated in his writings on migration and nomadism.

http://www.migaa.eu/


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