Migration Memory Encounters (MME) began in 2016-2017 by connecting and making visible and engaging cultural practitioners with differentiated reference and expression frameworks with both an old and a new audience in Malmö, Sweden. MME in the first year collaborated and created four thematic public seminars, exhibitions, theaters based on topics related to migration.
In the second year, 2017-2018, MME will carry on the first year's process results to other cities and regions in order to proceed in two given tracks; creating a space for the professional artists and for the immigrants in various forms of artistic expressions such as photography, film, music, writing, etc. in order to convey their own stories of memories and migration, regardless of language skills.
The second track will create a space for a thematic public discussion forum with quarterly arrangements around keen political and social topics based upon literature, art, film and activism.
Dance and performance
As the trajectory of a falcon, underscored by the rhythm provided by musicians Nariman Hodjati and Masih Madani, elegant Iranian dancer-choreographer Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam spun dervish-like in a widening gyre, his svelte movements embracing the widening world of the arts, from the subatomic tracery of its paints and inks to the furthest reaches of its Diasporas.
To the awed appreciation of his audience, Sahrokh’s feet stirred the dust motes on the floorboards of the onion-domed Moriska Paviljongen, site of the fourth gathering of Safe Havens: the Malmö Meetings. Initiated in 2013, Safe Havens is the premiere international gathering of activists in the field of art, as well as organisations that monitor the safety of creatives worldwide – some of which host artists in exile in extreme circumstances. Held in a contemplative, dynamic and engaged atmosphere over 6-8 December 2017, delegates and artists from across the world were delighted to hear that funding had been secured for a 2018 edition of the gathering.
Safe Havens 2017 embraced a range of themes, some more technical and internal to the collaborating organisations – but many of great interest to the broader public, ranging from how to combat hate speech and cyber-bullying, to how the Arab world’s artistic and intellectual Diasporas are dealing with the somewhat deflated atmosphere in the wake of the erosion of the promise of the so-called “Arab Spring.
By Safe Havens rapporteur Michael Schmidt
Date: December 6, 2017
Place: Moriskan, Folkets park
The theater performance:Challenging the ruling
in a new and bold interpretation by Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam in cooperation with Feminist Dialog
A satirical musical performance based on Iraj Mirza's literary masterpiece, from Iran's intellectual enlightenment in the early 20th century, challenging the ruling, invasive and bound roles of tradition, religion, and women's position in society. Past as in present.
Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam has directed and plays Ira Mirza in the company of his silent musical counterpart, Aref Qazvini, played by Nariman Hodjati.
Date: December 8, 2017
Place: Inkonst, Malmö