Debate: “Eat, work, sleep: Do immigrants and refugees need art?”

Involving artists, cultural practitioners and researchers from around the world (Italy, Poland, Germany, France, Finland and Colombia), this debate was query whether art is an effective means of facilitating integration processes for foreigners residing in Europe. This examination adopted a trans-European perspective, with each participant addressing questions relating to immigrant, refugee and minority communities in function of the contextual realities of their own countries. Interdisciplinary in scope, this debate  invited participation from researchers in sociology and ethnography along with artists, cultural practitioners and workshop participants.

Participants: Elena Basteri (Onelf Theater Company, Berlin), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Cecilia Deserti (Cantieri Metticci, Bolonia), Linda Fahssis (theatrical activities), Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Walter Fondo (Pakunet, Helsinki), Louise Glassier (Milan), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Eveliina Heinonen (National Theatre, Helsinki), Joanna Krawczyk (Evens Foundation), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Aleksander Robotycki (The State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw), Rachel Shapiro (Cie Check Points, Paris), Renata Włoch (Sociology Institute of Warsaw University).