New World Academy #1: Lost. in between. Together
29 Novemer – 1 December 2013
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht

The New World Academy, founded by artist Jonas Staal and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht, invites organizations invested in the progressive political project to collaborate with artists and students on the role of art at the center of political struggle.

Session II: Collective Struggle of Refugees: Lost. In Between. Together.

The second session of the New World Academy was taught by Yoonis Osman Nuur and Thomas, members of We Are Here, an organization of refugees who united in Amsterdam in order to bring their collective struggle in the Netherlands into public discussion. Consisting of 225 immigrants from approximately 15 countries, their search for asylum has failed, and yet for a variety of reasons they cannot be sent back to their countries of origin.

From November 29 to December 1st representatives of We Are Here worked together with about 25 artists and students to develop a new model for a cooperative between artists, students and refugees, entitled the “We Are Here Cooperative,” which was presented on December 6 2013 in cultural and political center De Balie in Amsterdam. The plan for the We Are Here Cooperative exists of a vacant building, in which artists, students and refugees would develop a variety of cultural programs in order to gain visibility and economic independence, amongst others in the form of the departments We Are Here Learning (lecture programs developed in collaboration with refugees), We Are Here Open Lobby (a lobby apparatus to advise politicians and inform refugees on their legal rights) and We Are Here Reporting (an independent media channel highlighting the daily struggle of refugee communities).

Teachers: Yoonis Osman Nuur ,Thomas and Tawfik Adham (activists and members of We Are Here, Amsterdam). Group coordinators: Patrick Bernier and Olive Martin (artists, Nantes), Emily Fahlén (curator, representative of Ahmet Öğüt’s Silent University), Savannah Koolen (coordinator, We Are Here Action Center, Amsterdam) and Elke Uitentuis (artist, We Are Here Action Center, Amsterdam). Artworks by: Patrick Bernier and Olive Martin, Immigrant Movement International (Tania Bruguera), Gerjanne van Gink, Hans van Houwelingen, Manette van Ingenegeren, Silent University (Ahmet Öğüt), Wouter Osterholt, Elke van Uitentuis, We Are Here Band
-Videos

Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin

La Plaidoirie: Art and the Creation of New Juridical Zones

Emily Fahlén

The Silent University: When Art Takes Over Where Politics Fails

Savannah Koolen & Elke Uitentuis

We Are Here Cooperative: A Common Future for Refugees and Artists in the Netherlands

Yoonis Osman Nuur

We Are Here: The History of a Political Group

Maria Hlavajova

Introduction to the New World Academy

Jonas Staal

Introduction to the New World Academy

-Coordinators

Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin

Emily Fahlén

Thomas Philip Guya

Savannah Koolen & Elke Uitentuis

Yoonis Osman Nuur

-Introduction

Maria Hlavajova

Jonas Staal

-Communiques