[Local events] Fwd: Social & Political Issues through an Arts Lens

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Thu Jun 9 22:34:47 PDT 2011

from Tim DuRoche:


*TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011 5:30-7:00 PM*

Social & Political Issues through an Arts Lens:
A Discussion with Visiting European Artists*

*/Cosponsored with P:ear./*

Learn how three artists from Poland, Croatia and Turkey are addressing 
themes of ethnic tolerance, sexuality, historical identity, and change 
through their art and activism. As part of the US Department of State's 
International Visitor Leadership Program, these artists will be in 
Portland to meet with socially-focused local artists and nonprofits 
expanding access to populations underrepresented in the art community.

*Ayca Damgaci* from Turkey is a vocalist and award-winning actress on 
stage, television and film. Her work addresses intercultural relations, 
gay rights, and sexual mores and she is interested in learning how the 
arts advance ethnic diversity in the United States. *Ireneusz Prokopiuk* 
is a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and producer who has shed light 
on contemporary issues in eastern Poland and who works to bring cinema 
and theatre to rural communities. *Ognjen Svilicic* is a writer and film 
director from Zagreb, Croatia. His films, including his recent drama 2 
Sunny Days and the comedic Sorry for Kung Fu, seek to challenge viewer 
perceptions in order to bring focus on the social change underway in 

For this program, the artists will take part in an informal conversation 
with award-winning filmmaker *Brian Lindstrom* (/Finding Normal, Alien 
Boy: the Death and Life of James Chasse/). Please join the World Affairs 
Council or Oregon and P:ear in this discussion exploring art's role in 
social change, both in Europe and right here in Portland.

For more information and registration: 

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