Friday, 17 December 2010

ART for The World's New Year wishes

ART for The World's offices will remain closed for Winter Holidays from December 22, 2010 until January 9, 2011.

Monday, 15 November 2010

The trial of an artist. Jafar Panahi waiting for the sentence

Acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi was jailed in Tehran this past March. In May, after a hunger strike and an international campaign, Mr Panahi was freed on a one hundred and eighty five thousand dollar bail. Mr Panahi was back in court on November 7, and his defense statement was released. Here are few excerpts.

"(…) I have learned how to make films inspired by those outstanding films that the prosecutor deemed obscene. Believe me I have just as much difficulty understanding  how they could be called obscene as I do comprehending how the activity for which I was arrested could be seen as a crime? My case is a perfect example of being punished before committing a crime. You are putting me on trial for making a film that at the time of our arrest was only thirty per cent shot.  You must have heard that the famous creed "There is no god, except Allah”, turns into blasphemy if you only say  the first part and omit the second part.  In the same vain, how can you establish that a crime has been committed by looking at 30% of rushes for a film that have not been edited yet (...) The assassination of ideas and sterilizing artists of a society has only one result: killing the roots of art and creativity.  Arresting my colleagues and I while shooting an unfinished film is nothing but an attack by those in power on all the artists of this land. It drives this crystal clear however sad message home: “You will repent if you don't think like us”(...) All  said, despite all the injustice done to me, I, Jafar Panahi, declare once again that I am an Iranian, I am staying in my country and I like to work in my own country. I love my country, I have paid a price for this love too, and I am willing to pay again if necessary.  I have yet an other declaration to add to the first one. As shown in my films , I declare that I believe in the right of “the other” to be different, I believe in mutual understanding and respect, as well as in tolerance; the tolerance that forbid me from judgment and hatred (…)".
Jafar Panahi

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Chimères Absentes at the Rome Film Festival

On October 29, 2010 the short movie Chimères Absentes by Fanny Ardant was presented at the Rome International Film Festival. 
The short movie is associated with the Council of Europe Dosta! Campaign seeking to overcome the prejudices towards Roma people.
The screening was followed by a Q&A with the director on her commitment towards the recognition of Roma's rights. 

Fanny Ardant and the Roma people who took part in the short movie on the red carpet

Monday, 18 October 2010


We are pleased to announce three short films on view across the world, segments of our next production THEN AND NOW Beyond Borders and Differences, inspired by the Article 18 of The UDHR "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion".

The Accordion by Jafar Panahi

Chimères Absentes by Fanny Ardant
Photo Sandro Weltin / Council of Europe  
 October 22-31

Distante Un Padre by Masbedo
On view at the exhibition RESPIRO (BREATH), Palazzo Bissari, Vicenza, until November 21.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Opening of RESPIRO (BREATH), Vicenza

On Sunday, October 10th, ART for The World presented RESPIRO (BREATH), a new exhibition in the city of Vicenza in collaboration with Fondazione Zoé.

In the contest of the second edition of the festival Vivere Sani, Vivere Bene - four days of events and conferences on the theme of health, with a special focus on breath - RESPIRO is a collective exhibition that take places in four different venues of the city, featuring video installations, audio and video projections and a selections of billboards on the theme of breath from different perspective: diving, blow, apnea, soul, sleep, silence…

Respiro is the prosecution of a collaboration between ART for The World and Zambon Group started in 1998 at the occasion of The Edge of Awareness, a travelling exhibition with large installations and billboards by international artists organized for the 50th Anniversary of the OMS and focused on the theme of physical and mental health.

Sheba Chhachhi, The Water Diviner (2008), installation view at Palazzo Bissari
Masbedo, Distante Un Padre (2010), installation view at Palazzo Bissari
  Miguel Angel Rios, The Power Flowers (1998) at Teatro Comunale
    Billboards by Sophie Ristelhueber and Alfredo Jaar at Teatro Comunale
Nikos Navridis, On Life, Beauty, Translations and Other Difficulties (1997) 
installation view at Spazio Monotono

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Opening of LA SCIMMIA, L'IMMAGINE, IL SUO DOPPIO by Andrea Marescalchi

On Monday, September 27th, ART for The World presented a new exhibition at Open Care, Milan:  La scimmia, l'immagine, il suo doppio, by Andrea Marescalchi.
The opening was characterized by an open discussion between Andrea Marescalchi and Giorgio Celli, Ethologist and Professor Emeritus from the University of Bologna.

Andrea Marescalchi (left) and Prof. Giorgio Celli (right)

RESPIRO (BREATH) opening in Vicenza

We are pleased to invite you to our next exhibition in Vicenza.
On October 10,  RESPIRO (BREATH) will be opened in different venues around the city, featuring video installations,  audio and video projections and a selection of billboards.
The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Fondazione Zoé.

Monday, 6 September 2010

The Accordion: back from Venice Film Festival

At the world premiere in Venice on September 1, the short movie The Accordion by Jafar Panahi has been very well received and acclaimed both by the audience and international press.
The short movie has been screeneed at the Sala Darsena at the presence of the film delegation and more than 1.300 viewers.

After a short introducion by Giorgio Gosetti, General Delegate of Venice Days, Mazdak Taebi - the Iranian filmmaker based in Toronto and close friend of Panahi - read the touching message written on pourpose and sent to him by Jafar Panahi, who eventually couldn't attend the screening since he is still banned to travel outside his country.

On that occasion ART for The World, Venice Days and Dorje Film launched a new petition in order to accrue signatures: we all strongly condemn the illegal action towards Jafar Panahi by the Islamic Government of Iran and demand to let him travel freely and join us for the next screenings of his movie.
(For more info on the petition, please contact Venice Days).

Here below a selection of the main articles and interviews published on international newspapers and magazines:
Armenia: Tert (Sept, 2)
Belgium: Le Libre (Sept, 2)
Canada: CBC (Sept, 2)
China: Macau Daily Times (Sept, 3)
France: Le Monde (Sept, 2),  Les Echos (Sept, 1), Liberation (Sept, 1)
Germany: Die Welt (Sept, 3), Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Sept, 3)
India: India Report (Sept, 2)
Indonesia: Jakarta Globe (Sept, 2)
Quatar: The Peninsula (Sept, 3)
Spain: El Pais (Sept, 2)
Switzerland: Tribune de Geneve (Sept, 1)
Turkey: Hurriyet (Sept, 2)
UK: The Guardian (Sept, 2), The Independent (Sept, 1)
United Arab Emirates: Khaleeji Times (Sept, 2)
USA: Variety (Sept,2)


Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Jafar Panahi interviewed on Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica

Today Italian newspapers Corriere della Sera and la Repubblica published articles about The Accordion, a short movie by Jafar Panahi that will be presented tomorrow at Venice Days 2010.
The interviews are available at:

Monday, 30 August 2010

ART for The World and VENICE DAYS express solidarity with Jafar Panahi


Press release

Venice Days and the NGO ART for The World – producer  of the  film THEN AND NOW Beyond Borders and Differences on the art.18 of the UDHR (freedom of expression) which includes Jafar Panahi’s The Accordion – together express their total solidarity for the Iranian director’s freedom to accompany his film to the opening of Venice Days 2010 on September 1.

Panahi today said once again that he trusts he will be able to come to Venice, 10 years after winning the Golden Lion that consolidated his international success, for The Circle. “My new short film,” he says, “is an auspice for tolerance and the capacity for comprehension.”

According to Giorgio Gosetti, delegate general of Venice Days: “We believed from the onset in The Accordion, and thanks to the commitment of Adelina von Fürstenberg, President of ART for The World, we were able to include its world premiere in our inaugural program of September 1, and feel it is the best possible recognition of the artistic value of his new work. We still hope to receive good news in the upcoming days and to welcome Panahi at Venice, a natural place for artists to express themselves.”

Shot in the Teheran bazaar last winter, The Accordion will be brought to Venice by the Iranian director Mazdak Taebi, who shared with Panahi this extraordinary creative and cinematic adventure. 

For more info:

Friday, 6 August 2010

Jafar Panahi’s new film makes its World Premiere at the Venice Days



THE ACCORDION by Jafar Panahi

Produced by ART for The World
Co-produced by Dorje Film (Rome)
In partnership with SESC Sao Paulo and ARTE France
With the support of the Cultural Department of the City of Geneva (Switzerland) and the Region Emilia Romagna, Cineteca di BolognaSolares Fondazione delle Arti, Parma (Italy)

Jafar Panahi has been invited to open the Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days at the 67th edition of the Venice Film Festival with the World Premiere of his latest short movie  
The Accordion. The screening will take place on September 1st 
at the Venice Lido's Palazzo del Cinema.

The Accordion - produced by ART for The World and shot in Tehran -  is focused on two young street musicians who play the accordion and the tablas in order to earn their living. One day, while they are playing next to a mosque, their accordion is taken away from them due to an accident… 
This brief and forceful tale, dealing with the theme of Non-Violence, portrays the Iranian director's entire artistic world and is a metaphor for the new generations who, led by understanding, prefer solidarity over conflicts. 

On September 2nd a special pannel with Jafar Panahi and his friend, the Iranian actor and filmmaker Mazdak Taebi shall take place on the topics treated in his work, with the participation of international media, as well as a Masterclass with young cinephiles from all EU countries.

The Accordion is part of our collective film production THEN AND NOW Beyond Borders and Differences. The project - based on the article 18 of the UDHR  "Everybody has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion" - aims to showcase shared beliefs and peaceful coexistence among the world major religions. Initiated by UN's Alliance of Civilizations and under the patronage of the Council of Europe, the long feature will bring together approx. 15 short-movies by renowned filmmakers and will be presented at the Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva, in early March 2011.

The Accordion will be also presented at the Montreal World Film Festival on September 4th, at the occasion of the director's retrospective.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

ART for The World's next projects in September - October 2010

ART for The World is closed for the summer break until the end of August.
We wish you nice summer holiday and we will be back in September with our activities and new projects.

Opening: September 27, 2010
Milan, at Open Care (Via Piranesi, 10)

The exhibition will feature a series of new paintings focused on animals.
During the opening, an open discussion will take place with the artist and Prof. Giorgio Celli, ethologist and Professor at the Bologna University.

RESPIRO (Breath)
Opening: October 8, 2010
Vicenza, at Fondazione Zoé, Spazio Monotono, Loggia del Capitaniato and  Teatro Nuovo
In collaboration with Fondazione Zoé, Vicenza (Italy)

Respiro (Breath) is a collective exhibition that will be hosted in different spaces and venues around the City of Vicenza.
In the contest of the event "Vivere Sani Vivere Bene" (Live Healthy, Live Well),  the  Fondazione Zoé/Zambon Group has invited ART for The World to organize an exhibition focused on the theme of health and more in particular on breath, apnea, blow, diving, sleep, silence, immersion, soul, murmur, calm...
The collaboration with Zambon Group and ART for The World started in 1998 at the occasion of the exhibition The Edge of Awareness, a traveling exhibition with large installations and billboards by more than 40 international artists (Sol LeWitt, Nari Ward, Robert Rauschenberg, among others). The exhibiton - presented in Milan, New York, New Delhi, Sao Paulo and Geneva - was organized at the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the OMS focusing on the theme of phisical and mental health.

Respiro is therefore the ideal prosecution of this first exhibition and collaboration and a further dialogue on such important issue, featuring:

Video and audio installations by Vito Acconci, Sheba Chhachhi, Masbedo, Nikos Navridis, Farid Rahimi

 Nikos Navridis, Difficult Breath #3
Billboards from the Zambon Group Collection by Stefano Arienti, Silvie Defraoui, Alfredo Jaar, Ilya Kabakov, Sol LeWitt, Matt Mullican, Robert Rauschenberg, Pat Steir.
The billboards were produced by ART for The World in the contest of the traveling exhibition The Edge of Awareness (1998-99).

Robert Rauschenberg, Whole, 1998

OUR FILMS ON VIEW in July-September
USA, Big Sur (California), June - August: Stories on Human Rights at Big Sur International Short Film Screening
USA, San Francisco, July 23 - August 10: What About Me? by E. Keret and S. Geffen at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
• Netherlands, Amsterdam, August: A Boy, a Wall and a Donkey (Hany Abu-Assad) and  Impasse (B. Schouw) will be screened at the Van Gogh Museum during the Friday nights screenings
India, Chennai, August 28: Screening at the Alliance Française of Madras of the first 5 short movies of the long feature film THEN AND NOW Beyond Borders and Differences by Tata Amaral, Fanny Ardant, Masbedo, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Robert Wilson
• Netherlands, The Hague, September 5: A Boy, a Wall and a Donkey (Hany Abu-Assad), Impasse (B. Schouw), What About Me? (E. Keret and S. Geffen), The Final Match (S. Salour) will be screened during the event The Cultural Market of The Hague

Monday, 5 July 2010

The Guardian's interview to Fanny Ardant on discrimination against Roma

Following the shooting of the short movie Chimères Absentes against prejudices towards Roma for the film project THEN AND NOW Beyond Borders and Different, on June 23rd at the launch of the Council of Europe's Dosta! campaign, the French actress and director Fanny Ardant responded to  the questions of The Guardian correspondent Afua Hirsch on Europe's treatment of the Roma people.

The interview and the short movie are available on The Guardian website at the following links:

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Some of our past projects: our collaboration with Hangar Bicocca, Milan, between 2005-2008

In 2005, Adelina von Fürstenberg funded in Milan in the premises of NABA (New Academy of Fine Art) in via Darwin 20, ART for The World Europa, the  sister NGO of Geneva based ART for The World. 
Since then, and until 2008, it started a close collaboration with Hangar Bicocca, a space dedicated to international contemporary art located in a former industrial building.

ART for The World Europa curated the following exhibitions in the venue of Hangar Bicocca:

28th October -  23rd December 2005

Since 2000, travelling in the museums all over the world, from Geneve to Rome, New York, Lugano, London, Paris, Montecarlo and Bruxelles, the exhibition Playgrounds and Toys was the first art project of Art for The World Europa in Milan at Hangar Bicocca in October 2005.
It showed models of playgrounds and educational toys created by artists, architects and designers from all over the world. The aim of this project, launched on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2000, is to provide concrete help to children who suffer from social injustice or live in unacceptable conditions even in the urban context.

Marina Abramovic’s BALKAN EPIC
20th January 2006 - 23rd April 2006

The exhibition has been conceived as a spectacular journey into Marina Abramovic' work.
In particular, it showed, for the first time, the multi-channel installation Balkan Erotic Epic, based on Abramovic's research into Balkan folk culture and its use of erotic. According to her, “It is through eroticism that the human tries to make himself equal with the gods: 'In folklore, people believed that in the erotic there was something superhuman that doesn't come from him but from the gods. Obscene objects and male and female genitals have a very important function in the fertility and agricultural rites of Balkan peasants' '. Balkan Erotic Epic belongs to a series of works that reflect Abramovic's Serbian origins, also including the installations 'Balkan Baroque' and 'Count on Us' as well as the single-channel works 'The Hero' and 'Tesla Urn', which are also included in the exhibition, together with Nude with Skeleton, a still-life that focus on the relationship between life and death.

COLLATERAL When Art Looks at Cinema
February 2 - March 15, 2007

Artists: Cory Arcangel, Pierre Bismuth, Candice Breitz, Brice Dellsperger, Charles de Meaux, Omer Fast, Thomas Galler, Liam Gillick & Philippe Parreno, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, Pierre Huyghe, Runa Islam, Mike Kelley, Dimitris Kozaris, Melik Ohanian, Carola Spadoni Clemens von Wedemeyer

Co-curated with Anna Daneri and Andrea Lissoni, COLLATERAL, shows the relationships and mutual influence between art and cinema. It offers a journey where works by artists from different generations and backgrounds are shown next to the founding figures of the medium. Some are more connected to the tradition of “cult” cinema, some more to that of video art, some to an installation in the exhibition space, and some more to experimental cinema.
The installation, designed by architect Andreas Angelidakis, creates a space of screens and projections, a huge Plato’s cave with geometric objects emitting a soft light from inside. Each work is housed in a open screening room, a dark cave with three walls and side opposite the projection left open. Visitors can enter each of these caves and enjoy the film in darkness or step outside and study from far away.

URBAN MANNERS. 15 Contemporary Artists from India
October 19th, 2007 – January 6th, 2008

Artists: Sheba Chhachhi, Atul Dodiya, Anita Dube, Probir Gupta, Subodh Gupta, Ranbir Kaleka, Jitish Kallat, Reena Saini Kallat, Bharti Kher, Nalini Malani, Raqs Media Collective, Raghubir Singh, Vivan Sundaram, Hema Upadhyay, Avinash Vereararghavan

The exhibition presents the works of 15 emblematic Indian artists and reveals the striking contradictions of contemporary India.
The artists who have been invited to Milan are sculptors, painters and video artists whose works are inspired by the issues that distinguish Indian society, such as immigration, environmental protection, the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, the loss of traditional values, and poverty and wealth in a globalised world.
These works are modern, yet also filled with tradition. As a result, they powerfully express the two souls of contemporary India, where spirituality and the material world, underdevelopment and brand-new technology live together in a fragile balance. The installation was designed by architect Uliva Velo.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Cannes 2010: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Wins Palme d'Or and Mahamat Saleh Haroun Wins Jury Prize

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the prestigious Palme d'Or at Cannes 2010.
Concerning the award, Tim Burton, president of the jury, commented: “The world is getting smaller and more westernised, more Hollywood-ised and this is a film where I felt I was watching from another country. It was using fantasy elements but in a way I'd never seen before so I just felt it was like a beautiful, strange dream."
Accepting the Palm d'Or, Weerasethakul said: "I would like to thank all the spirits and all the ghosts in Thailand who made it possible for me to be here."

In 2008, ART for The World had the pleasure to work with Apichatpong Weerasethakul. He shooted Mobile Men, one of 22 short-movies from the long-feature film Stories on Human Rights, in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 Film Still from Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives


Un homme qui crie (A Screaming Man) by Mahamat Saleh Haroun won the Jury Prize.  
"I come from a country where little exists," said Haroun on receiving his prize. "In this desert-like context I learnt one thing: you have to make films the way you'd prepare dishes for the people you love." 
The Chadian director is going to shoot a short-film produced by ART for The World for the long-film THEN AND NOW Beyond Borders and Differences. 

 Film still from Un homme qui crie

Chimères absentes by Fanny Ardant on La Repubblica

On May 23, Italian newspaper La Repubblica published an article about Chimères absentes by Fanny Ardant

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Art for The World's New Film Production

Beyond Borders and Differences
Inspired by the article 18 of UDHR, the article 9 of the Council of Europe ECHR and the article 10 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union “Everyone has the right  to freedom of thought, conscience and religion", ART for The World has  invited indipendent  filmmakers to highlight, in approx. 6' short films,  awareness of the complexity of cultures and beliefs.  
The production has  started in spring 2010  and  will be launched in 2011.  
The participant artists and filmmakers are,  among others,  Tata Amaral (Brazil), Fanny Ardant (France),  Faouzi Bensaidi (Morocco), Sergei Bodrov (Russia), Isabelle Coixet (Spain), Mahanat- Saleh Haroun (Tchad), Hüseyin Karabey (Turkey), Masbedo (Italy), Murali Nair (India), Guka Omarova (Kazakhstan), Idrissa Ouédraogo (Burkina Faso), Jafar Panahi (Iran), Abderrahmane Sissako  (Mauritania/Ethiopia) and Robert Wilson (USA).

Chimères Absentes by Fanny Ardant
The short tells the story of Sonietcka, a Roma child who is not allowed to eat at the school refectory, because of her family's condition of poverty. Fanny Ardant, who plays a role in the short, has been filming in the historical centre of Formello, a village close to Rome, with professional actors and Roma people.
Chimères Absentes is associated with the Council of Europe Dosta! Campaign against prejudices and stereotypes towards Roma in Europe.

Making-of in Formello, Rome, Italy, April 2010
 On set photos by Sandro Weltin/Council of Europe

Distante un padre (A Far Away Father) by Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza and Jacopo Bedogni), artists and videomakersm turn an intimate tragedy like the seath of a child into a universal drama. In particular, they focuse on the delicate relationship among life, death and after.
Film Still

La longue marche du caméléon (The Long March of a Chamaleon) by Idrissa Ouédraogo examines the role of traditions and superstitions of the Animistic practices in Africa. According to the tradition, the chamaleon anticipates a bad luck premonition. If someone offends a chamaleon, his gesture will be punished.
Film Still

Carneval dos Deuses (Gods Carnival) by Tata Amaral deals with the syncretism of beliefs. While making costumes for Carnival, a group of Brazilian children speak about the rituals they practice within their family: Christmas, Hanukkah, Twelth Night, Umbanda rituals, Buddhism. The starting-point of the conversation is Leon's description of Brit Milah, the Jewish ceremony of circumcision.
Photo: Otavio Nagano
Photo: Caru Alves de Souza

GAO by Robert Wilson focuses on the spirit of non-violence. After a close-up of the face of Nobel prize-writer Gao Xingjian, a phrase starts writing by itself: “Solitude is a necessary condition of freedom”. According to Wilson, solitude can be the reign of one's own universal liberty.
Making-of, photo by Pavel Antonov

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Council of Europe and ART for The World join forces to produce human rights short films under the banner THEN AND NOW. Beyond Borders and Differences

Following the worldwide success of the film Stories on Human Rights, produced on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Art for The World – under the auspicies of the Council of Europe and the UN Alliance of Civilizations – is producing its second collective film project, entitled THEN AND NOW Beyond Borders and Differences. 
So far, the first series of five short-movies by Masbedo (Italy), Idrissa Ouédraogo (Burkina Faso), Tata Amaral (Brazil), Robert Wilson (USA) and Fanny Ardant (France), will be screened at a world “avant-première” in Brazil: in Sao Paulo, on May 24 2010 at Cinesesc, and in Rio de Janeiro, on May 27, at the Museum of Modern Art, on the occasion of the opening of 3° Forum of UN Alliance of Civilizations.