DISPLACEMENT is an integrated cultural component of the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) that is committed to bringing art research and practice to bear on international policymaking.
DISPLACEMENT’s activities promote PDD through an expanded discussion about the displacement of people due to disasters and climate change using a diverse set of activities, including: exhibitions and installations, commissioned artwork, cultural dialogues, public events, an online art gallery linked to social media, and publications.
DISPLACEMENT’s activities are carefully designed to engage government representatives and other participants during regularly scheduled conferences and workshops addressing disaster displacement. In parallel, additional activities engage local and regional artists, cultural commentators and art institutions to take the official conversations on disaster displacement out into the wider world.
DISPLACEMENT intends to map and connect a global range of cultural activities addressing disaster-displacement themes to amplify and raise the visibility of artistic work already taking place in local contexts. It will feature contributions from a diverse set of artists, particularly those who come from disaster displacement-affected regions: Central America, East Africa, South America, South Asia, South East Asia, the Pacific, and West Africa.
DISPLACEMENT builds upon the cultural programme presented as part of the 2015 Nansen Initiative Global Consultation, which included an art exhibition for government delegates and the public, multiple artistic interventions at the Global Consultation venue, and a roundtable discussion on the relationship between art and policymaking.