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Digital debate “Freepost”
Arts and politics – a debate

How do artists and curators position themselves politically? And how do they network across national borders? 

The art world discusses – about its role, common values and the future of Europe. Join in – here on goethe.de or on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #freepost! A cooperation with Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste.

Freepost #2Illustration: © Bernd Struckmeyer

Debate participants

Simona Da Pozzo Photo (detail): Emilia Castioni

Simona Da Pozzo

Gottfried Hattinger Photo (detail): Julia Vogt

Gottfried Hattinger

Hajnalka Somogyi Photo (detail): Csaba Aknay / Orbital Strangers

Hajnalka Somogyi

belit sağ Photo (detail): belit sağ

belit sağ

Via Lewandowsky Photo (detail): Rainer Gollmer

Via Lewandowsky

Joseph Young Foto (Ausschnitt): © Joseph Young

Joseph Young


Logo IGBK The current edition of our digital debate “Freepost” is being held in cooperation with the Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK). In November 2017, the IGBK organized the symposium “Fragile Affinities” together with the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. The topic of these “Freepost” is derived from the questions discussed there.

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Martin Roth-Initiative © Martin Roth-Initiative

Martin Roth-Initiative

Artists around the world are being restricted in their work – personal attacks are also on the increase. The Martin Roth-Initiative, a protection programme of the ifa and the Goethe-Institut, offers endangered actors the opportunity to travel to a safe country in their home region or to Germany.

Rachel Leah Jones Rachel Leah Jones | © Philippe Bellaiche

Cut it out – Films against censorship

Renowned Filmmakers from 20 countries around the globe produce films against censorship. Each film is 45 seconds long and sends a clear sign of solidarity to those living in countries with limited freedom of speech, while at the same time pointing out the risks of censorship endangering even liberal societies today.

Discourses from 2017

Participants from 2017


Idea and concept: Tatjana Brode
Concept papers: Leonard Novy (2017), Joanna Krawczyk (2018)
Editors: Ute Elena Hamm und Jakob Rondthaler (2017), Eva Fritsch und Jakob Rondthaler (2018)
Web design: Thomas Vonier
Illustration: Bernd Struckmeyer