Art and Solidarity. The Perspective of the Self-Organization of Art Workers

Art and Solidarity. The Perspective of the Self-Organization of Art Workers
(Oct 18, 2012, Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR))

In the framework of its project “Labour, Artist as a worker, Artist’s Role in the Society” Utopiana presented:

Art workers, as all other workers, face exploitation, non-favorable working conditions and environment, violations of their human rights. Creative and art work has its peculiarities in terms of labour relations, considering that (a) in most cases artists are self-employed, (b) art workers aren’t often involved in wide-scale productions, with large numbers of employees, etc.

What are the necessities and opportunities for the self-organization of art workers in Armenia? How can art workers be better protected, work in solidarity, gain more power, attract additional resources and ensure their continuous creative development?

These and other related issues were discussed at a talk with Arpine Galfayan.
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Arpine Galfayan is a civic activist in the field of democracy and human rights. She studied International Relations with a specialization in International Law. She has gained professional experience in the fields of electoral processes and project management at local and international organizations. Her activist experience began with the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights NGO, Armenia (she has been the chair of the organization since 2009), as well as with different social movements in Armenia.