BAC and the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators, 2019

Photo: Ludivine Thomas

Talks on Artistic Freedom

BAC and the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators are organizing an evening on the topic of artistic freedom. Tuesday, November 12 at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators, Uddens gränd 3, Visby, Gotland

One of the participating artists is the Turkish-Kurdish artist Fikret Atay, asylum artist in Örebro Sweden up until august 2019, where he now lives permanently. During 2018, when Fikret Atay was a residency artist at BAC, he recorded the short film The Flood together with a group of immigrants in northern Gotland. The film revolves around experiences of escape and exile and will be shown during the evening.

Also participating is Barys Piatrovich, a Belarusian prose writer and chairman of the Belarusian Writers’ Union, who will be in conversation with Lena Pasternak from the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators, together with current writers at the residence.

Niklas Westergren, Social Science teacher at Wisbygymnasiet, will talk about the BAC school workshop The Excursion, which will take place on November 7-12 in collaboration with the Bergman Center on Gotland. In the project, Fikret Atay amongst others, together with 160 school children in fifth grade and pupils from Visby Upper Secondary School participate in a full-day excursion to Fårö, with various workshops that explore issues of democracy, freedom of expression and community engagement.