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One day conference: Art and Human Rights Today

Published: 01-03-2017


One-day conference programme

Saturday, March 11, 2017 | Lab'attoir venue


The core idea behind this day-long conference is human rights, politics, censorship, and the function of art and its legal, social and the institutional aspects in their context. Speakers and audience dialogue on the human right of freedom of expression and its confrontations, challenges and restrictions by conservative or authoritarian regimes in a boom era of intolerance and xenophobia.


10:00 Welcoming

Yiannis Boutaris - Mayor of Thesssaloniki, Elli Chrysidou - Deputy Mayor for Culture, Education & Sports 


10:00 – 11:30 1st Session | Art & Humanism

Speakers: Thalia Vrachopoulos (PhD, visual arts professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City of New York University), Harry Savopoulos (art historian, associate professor, School of Visual and Applied Arts - Faculty of Fine Arts, AUTh), Syrago Tsiara (art historian, curator, director of CACT & 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art)

Moderator: Maria Tsantsanoglou (art historian, curator, SMCA director) -Discussion


11:30 – 12:00 Break


12:00 – 12:30 Keynote speech | "Based in truth". Human Rights and Contemporary Art Speaker: Beral Madra (art critic, curator)


12:30 – 14:00 2nd Session | Art - Politics - Censorships

Speakers: Lia Yoka (art historian-theoretician, assistant professor, Faculty of Engineering - School of Architecture, AUTh), Yannis Stavrakakis (professor & Head, School of Political Sciences, AUTh), Kostas Tsitselikis(professor, Department of Balkan Slavic and Oriental Studies - School of Economic and Regional Studies, UoM, president of the Hellenic League for Human Rights)

Moderator: Andreas Takis (assistant professor, Faculty of Law, AUTh, president of the SMCA Board of Administration) -Discussion


14:00 – 15:00 Art screening: Lucile Bertrand, Amnesia

15:00 Conclusions


Coordination of the one day conference: Thalia Vrachopoulos, Syrago Tsiara Production of the one day conference: Directorate of Culture & Tourism – City ofThessaloniki, State Museum


Parallel screenings

Life Through the Eyes of Other

Short film documentaries by students from the School of Cinema Studies - Faculty of Fine Arts, AUTh.

Programme coordinator: Despoina Moyzaki (producer, president of the School of Cinema Studies - Faculty of Fine Arts, AUTh) Visual Comments, “after...”

Art comments on contemporary art works by students from the School of Visual and Applied Arts - Faculty of Fine Arts, AUTh.

Programme coordinator: Harry Savopoulos


The one day conference is part of the programme “The Right to be Human” along with the same titled exhibition hosted in the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki, and OTE, curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos and Harry Savopoulos.


Free participation for the public