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2018 Art Action Day – Meriam Bousselmi “I can be denied a visa, but no one can prevent the wanderings of my soul and spirit.”

In preparation for the 2018 Art Action Day, the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) of PEN America interviewed artists from all over the world to ask them about the importance of art and free movement in their lives. Meriam Bousselmi...

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2018 Art Action Day – Elif Refig “Art is essential to democracy to fight its tendencies towards fascism.”

In preparation for the 2018 Art Action Day, the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) of PEN America interviewed Elif Refig, a Turkish filmmaker from Istanbul who now resides in New York. We spoke with Elif about the role of art...

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Art Action Day 2018 – Heny Maatar “Art works as an escape and as a reality changer.”

In preparation for the 2018 Art Action Day, the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) of PEN America interviewed Heny Maatar, a Tunisian electronic music producer, sound designer and cultural activist. In this interview we discussed the relationship between art and...

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2018 Art Action Day – Jude Dibia “All forms of writing and art are political.”

In preparation for the 2018 Art Action Day, the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) of PEN America interviewed Jude Dibia, a Nigerian author and civil rights activist who currently lives in Malmö, Sweden. In this interview, Jude talks about his...

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2018 Art Action Day – Khaled Barakeh “Art is the ultimate freedom. Life without art is like food without taste.”

In preparation for the 2018 Art Action Day, the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) of PEN America interviewed Khaled Barakeh, an artist and cultural activist who is originally from Syria, but has been living in Europe for many years. We...

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2018 Art Action Day – Mai Khoi “Life without art is a sort of death.”

In preparation for the 2018 Art Action Day, the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) of PEN America interviewed Mai Khoi, a Vietnamese singer and activist based in Hanoi. Mai broke headlines in March 2016 when she nominated herself to Vietnam's...

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