September 28, 2023

Resilience Through Art: Displaced Artist Initiatives Launch

Reid Hall | 4 rue de Chevreuse 75006 Paris
Free and open to the public / Registration required
Columbia Global Centers | Paris and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination are delighted to invite you to a reception featuring readings and discussion, classical music and Iranian and Ukrainian food to celebrate the launch of the Reid Hall Displaced Artist Initiatives.

Please register here

The Displaced Artist Initiatives are designed to support artists who have had to leave their countries of origin due to extreme circumstances 

For the 2023-2024 year, the Reid Hall artist-in-residence is Afghan-Iranian writer Aliyeh Ataei; the project-in-residence is the 1991 Project 

Aliyeh Ataei will read from and present her work in progress, accompanied by a photo and video presentation. This will be followed by a 20-minute musical performance from the Quatuor Bleu et Or, organized by Anna Stavychenko, Artistic Director and founder of the 1991 Project. Ataei and Stavychenko will answer questions from the audience. 

Aliyeh Ataei is an Afghan-Iranian author and screenwriter whose books have won major literary awards in Iran, including Mehregan-e-Adab for Best Novel. She was born in 1981 in Iran, and grew up in Darmian, a border region situated between the South Khorasan Province in Iran and the Farah province in Afghanistan. Ataei was a border dweller, with part of her family living in Iran and the other part in Afghanistan. Widely recognized as a strong adherent of women’s rights, Ataei is deeply influenced by personal accounts of growing up as a female minority in Iran, and her work takes on themes such as identity and the émigré life. She finished her high-school in Birjand and left for the capital to continue her studies at Tehran University of Art where she earned an undergraduate and a graduate degree in Screenplay Writing.

The 1991 Project is a non-profit association whose purpose is to safeguard and promote Ukrainian music, by helping Ukrainian musicians preserve their artistic skills in France and in the Western world. It is led and inspired by Anna Stavychenko, a musicologist, music critic and classical music producer. The production of concerts, cultural, and educational events gives visibility to the Ukrainian musical repertoire, in its tight connections to European cultural traditions.



FEBRUARY 28, 2024
Translation Across Borders
Aliyeh Ataei and Salar Abdoh in conversation
FEBRUARY 29, 2024
Courtroom Persuasion à la grecque
Jesse James
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Rendez-Vous de l'Institut
MARCH 7, 2024
Kaleidoscopic Translation in the Medieval West
Hannah Weaver
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Rendez-Vous de l'Institut
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