ARTISTS at RISK (AR) is a new institution at the intersection of human rights and the arts dedicated to mapping the field of persecuted visual art practitioners, facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin, hosting them at “AR-Safe Haven Residencies” and curating related projects. Perpetuum Mobile (PM) initiated Artists at Risk (AR) to provide a platform and network to support these art practitioners that are targets of politically motivated threats and persecution in a time of need. This encompasses facilitating a safe exit from countries of origin; assistance in the procurement of travel documents; providing legal assistance; and matching ARs with so-called AR-Safe Havens and residencies in the AR network. For the AR PAVILION – MADRID in TRANSEUROPA, Shieko Reto aka Shika, Erkan Özgen, Issa Touma, and Chto Delat will exhibit their creations results of their residencies with Perpetuum Mobile.
Perpetuum Mobile (PM) has organised residencies for many years, and has been hosting “artists at risk” under various titles since around 2013. PM initiated and curated the On the Move programme, run in partnership with HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme), and later also established a network called Nordic Fresh Air, which includes Nordic and Baltic art actors.