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15: Migration and the Arts: Europe’s next narrative

Breakout / Future of the EU
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Europe’s ethos has been forged by the experience of migration. In particular, artists with “foreign” origins have played a crucial role in building bridges between different parts of the world and communities in Europe. What challenges do contemporary artists face as actors of social change in their daily practices? What possible role can they play in their “new” communities and what messages can they explore for the Europe of today?


Painter, Video and Installation Artist, Berlin
Editor, Contemporary And (C&); Program Director, KontextSchule, Berlin
Assistant to the Directo-General, DG DEVCO - Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission, Brussels
Co-Founder and Curator, XamXam, Paris
Team Leader, Cultural Diplomacy Platform; Director, More Europe-External Cultural Relations, Brussels Chair


Painter, Video and Installation Artist, Berlin

2010 Graduation in Oil & Mural Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus
2015 Nord art (International Exhibition & Museum). Hamburg, Germany
2015 "Syria off frame" contemporary artists from Syria, Venice biennale, Italy
2015 "CPH:DOX", Video art screening "Artificial sugar" part of Syria types project. Copenhagen, Denmark
2015-2016 22 workshops in Danish public schools under the topic "Syrian art in exile" in a collaboration with CKU, Denmark.
2016 "Behind the lines " Contemporary Art from Syria at Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton, British Colombia, Canada
2016 "Vacancies" collective show at Galerie wedding, Berlin, Germany
2017 "100 Masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art" at the institute of Arab world "Institut du monde arabe", from the collection of Barjeel Art Foundation, Paris, France
 ​2017 "Mosaik Syrien" collective show at Gut Altenkamp Museum, Papenburg, Germany
2017 "L'Art en Mouvement" Video art screening part of the "Nice Solidaire du Monde", Nice, France


Editor, Contemporary And (C&); Program Director, KontextSchule, Berlin

since 2017 Managing Editor, Contemporary And/C& - ifa
2010-2012 Curatorial Assistant, ifa (Institute for International Cultural Relations)
2010 Researcher & Program Coordinator, Chimurenga, Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers/Artists
2007-2009 Educational Counsellor, Organization Akarsu


Assistant to the Directo-General, DG DEVCO - Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission, Brussels

2006-2007 Lawyer Trainee, Linklaters De Bandt
2007-2010 Trade Negotiator, Services and Investment, European Commission Directorate General for External Trade
2010-2014 Member of Cabinet of Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
2014-2016 Member of Cabinet of European Commission Vice President for Budget and Human Resources
since 2017 Policy Assistant to Director General of European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development

MA Oulimata GUEYE

Co-Founder and Curator, XamXam, Paris

1998-2002 Co-Founder, Batofar, non profit organization dedicated to artistic practices, digital technology & urban environment
2000-2015 Communication, Bank of Africa Group
2003-2011 Co-Founder and Art Director,Infamous Carousel Festival, Nomadic festival hosted by Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou, Point Ephémère, Petit Bain, Musiques volantes, Metz, Les Instants Chavirés Montreuil, Jeu de Paume
2011-2013 Independent Journalist, Gaité Lyrique
2015 Guest Curator, "Africa sf" exhibition, Gaité Lyrique
since 2011 Co-Founder and Curator, XamXam
since 2013 Co-Founder, StartUp Africa Paris


Team Leader, Cultural Diplomacy Platform; Director, More Europe-External Cultural Relations, Brussels

2001-2006 Legal and administrative assistant, European Commission Directorate-General Trade, Brussels
2006-2009 Founder and manager, Euromed Business & Services
2009-2011 Policy Officer, European Commission Directorate-General Education & Culture, Brussels
2012-2014 Project manager (independent consultant), Preparatory Action "Culture in EU External Relations"
since 2011 Director and independent consultant, More Europe - external cultural relations
since 2016 Team Leader, Cultural Diplomacy Platform, Brussels

Political Symposium

show timetable


14:00 - 18:00Professional Programme "Our World's Future"Partner
15:00 - 18:00Generational perspectives on security policyPartner
15:00 - 18:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner


09:00 - 12:00Devil's diplomacyPartner
09:00 - 12:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner
10:00 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Ruth Dreifuss: women and powerPartner
10:00 - 12:00The 2016 US election behind the scenesPlenary
14:00 - 16:30Opening: values and visions of a united EuropePlenary
17:00 - 18:30Acknowledging reality: coming to grips with the international systemPlenary
19:00 - 20:30The USA, the EU and Russia: what changes does the new US administration bring?Plenary


08:30 - 09:30Breakfast Club 03: POLITICO morning briefingPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: War and democracy in Ukraine: what is the future?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: From conflicts to collaborative governance: using open data and collective intelligence to achieve public-sector innovationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: May I stay or should I go? The impact of climate change on migrationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: Military cooperation as a means to overcome security challengesBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: How to reconcile interests in societies with declining social cohesionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Alternative facts, provocations and social division: how to deal with populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: The EU on trial: 60 years of conflict and cooperation in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Geoengineering: governance implications, technical options and risksBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: Genome editing: governing on the cusp of uncertaintyBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Innovation in a contested environment: from the outside in and the inside outBreakout
12:30 - 13:30Fireside Talk with Talia SassonPartner
12:30 - 14:00Lunch receptionBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 12: Digital Security: Social MediaBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 13: New freedoms, old constraints? Challenges of integrating female refugees in AustriaBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 14: Science-based policy-making in times of post-truth?Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 15: Migration and the Arts: Europe's next narrativeBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 16: The Dublin dilemma and the way outBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 17: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way?Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 18: Mission-oriented innovation policy in practiceBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 19: An end to a costly war: alternatives to failed drug policiesBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 20: The Arctic: new narratives for a disputed territoryBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 21: Democracy reloaded: what can we learn from bottom-up democratic innovations?Breakout
17:30 - 19:00Security and liberty in the digital futurePlenary
19:30 - 21:00Green Innovation: urgent & important at oncePlenary


09:00 - 12:30Transformative pathways to sustainability: from perception to changing behaviourPlenary