In a time of rapid political-legal change that puts freedom of expression under pressure, AGL puts forward the idea of a yearly interdisciplinary gathering bringing together artists and lawyers to collectively discuss how the law can be used to protect and expand the space for artistic expression.
Designed as an informative as well as practical and thought-provoking event, the Art Law Forumintends to democratize the legal processes relating to artistic expression and raise awareness of the importance of a common shared space for the arts and the law among its participants, and beyond.
Partnering with the Artist at Risk Connection (ARC) of PEN America, Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression Project, and the Global Campus of Human Rights, the forum will be held on the 21 and 22 of November at the Global Campus of Human Rights with the 2019 Venice Biennale as its backdrop.
The forum will comprise several working groups which will provide a space for highly qualified artists and art-interested legal professionals, including academics, judges and lawyers to receive training, exchange experiences, and collectively address the repressive legislation and human rights violations facing artists today. As a result, AGL will develop concrete action plans to challenge the status quo surrounding the legal treatment of art and improve response capacity and collaboration between specialized lawyers and at-risk artists. The program will also include a Network Forum, an on-site exhibition, and performances from Ramy Essam, recipient of the 2019 Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent and a group of lawyers and judges from the European Court of Human Rights, among others.