Supporting progressive initiatives in Amman and Palmyra



The next coming years, Vooruit will carry on investigating the intersection between the arts and the issues that are shaping our global societies today to inspire the transition process.

It’s a fact that we live in a world of crisis. But as cultural activists, working daily with artists, we believe there is still something we can do to make our world look better. For this reason, we have faith in the power of arts and heritage. That’s why we strive to advocate for and bring them to wider audiences. In this quest, we decided to invite artists and intellectuals from other parts of the world, beyond the borders of our continent, with voices and trajectories shaped in what is increasingly becoming a defiant context.

We decided to invite those art practitioners, but also to go and meet them in their territories. Not only for the sake of presentation to our local audiences, but also because we know we have lots to learn from the ongoing reflection processes in their challenging contexts, beyond the media images of chaos and wars. From time to time we will share inspiring narratives from progressive initiatives in other parts of the world.

To start we would like to draw your attention to the story of Makan, a community space and a pioneer independent venue dedicated to contemporary artistic practices in Amman (capital city of Jordan). In a hostile context for individual freedoms, where funding for arts is scarce and the costs of life are increasing, the Makan team has launched a crowd-funding campaign calling for worldwide citizen solidarity to keep its doors open for independent artists, cultural producers and social activists. To keep Makan doors open, we call on your support and solidarity. Please visit this link for more info.

While progressive initiatives like Makan are struggling to survive, not far from Amman, Daesh (IS) is heading to Palmyra in Syria to destroy our world heritage. A petition has been launched by Syrian cultural activists, please add your signature if you haven't done so yet.


By Khadija El Bennaoui

Picture © Hassan Amin: exposition view Makan Art Space, Amman (Annemarie Jacir and Nidal Khairy, 'Censored', 2010)

Written on 01.06.15