Call for Artists WITH a MIGRANT BACKGROUND for the Art Exhibition “Displaced Bodies and Hearts”

The RESPOND project welcomes applications for a digital art exhibition, which will be organised in Sweden, Germany and the UK. ‘Displaced Bodies and Hearts” aims to exhibit work dealing with the sufferings and hopes of people on the move due to forced displacement.

We as researchers working on different aspects of migration believe that migration is one of the most salient social phenomena of our times and that it needs to be understood from many different angles. Historically, art has always given powerful messages that might otherwise be overlooked. We therefore call on refugee and migrant artists to submit their artwork about forced displacement of people due to wars and violence in the broadest sense. Artwork may focus on any dimension of migration experiences, including border crossings, settlement, new lives elsewhere, challenges, or hopes and dreams.

With this exhibition, we aim to foster humanitarian values, social inclusion and empathy in our societies.  Most importantly we want to provide an opportunity to look at migration experiences from the perspective of refugee and migrant artists.

The exhibition will have a digital format; the artwork will be displayed in Sweden, Germany, and the UK from mid-2020. We also have the ambition to organise the exhibition in other countries (e.g. Turkey, Greece, Poland, Italy, Iraq and Lebanon).

Artists with A migrant Background interested in participating in our exhibition are requested to send us the following by October 30, 2019:

  • A short CV with information about your main exhibitions and a short bio.

  • A selection of a maximum of 10 artworks (this can include a combination of different art techniques, including photography) in digital format. Pictures taken of the artworks should have a DPI of at least 300. All submitted work must have been created by the artist after 2010.

This exhibition is organized within the framework of the Horizon 2020 project, “RESPOND: Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration”.

If you have any questions about whether you qualify for participation or you have any other questions, please contact Dr Naures Atto (University of Cambridge) at