ifa blog

Interviews, essays, reports – in the ifa blog, the diverse topics of the ifa are vividly presented in various formats.

Neon Letters on a dark background saying "Love thy Neighbor"

Liberalism under attack

Viktor Orbán in Hungary, Narendra Modi in India and Donald Trump in the United States: all three have undermined liberal institutions. The left has also accused liberalism of a lack of ...

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A window on the world

40 years of ifa exhibition funding - With more than four decades of experience and over 2,000 artistic positions abroad, ifa supports artists worldwide. How has ifa's exhibtion funding ...

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Illustration: A magnet in the colours of the European Union is attracting five different people.

Time to restore trust

At this time of great anxiety and geopolitical disorder, three unprecedented challenges knock on our doors: climate change, demography and migration, and the digital era. These all ...

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Kabul and the Lessons to be Learned

After the Western failure in Afghanistan, it is very obvious that cultural foreign policy must either have a clear long-term commitment or explicitly state that assistance is temporary ...

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Metaphor for enlightenment. A flock of birds flies out of a head. A man climbs up a spiral staircase to the open head. In the background clouds, a skyline and a tree.

We Need a New Enlightenment

Previous concepts of progress have failed. Our oceans are polluted, the climate is changing, we are ravaged by diseases, hunger is proliferating, and black bodies are drowning in oceans ...

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'Any Progressive Presence of Women Shakes the Power of this System'

As an artist, she translates experiences into images – for her political engagement, she was brought to trial. The Iranian contemporary artist Parastou Forouhar talks about idyllic ...

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Portrait of the writer Eva Menasse

The Loss of the Public Sphere

The digital revolution has destroyed the public sphere as we knew it. Isolated from each other, we dig our own tunnels: blind, sensitive to the smallest of vibrations, frightened by ...

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Portrait of the writer Ilija Trojanow

In Defence of the Do-gooders

It’s easy to go through life as a cynic. It’s convenient and comfortable to accept everything, never fight, isolate ourselves, keep our heads down, protect ourselves and lay down our ...

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Portrait of the author Margaret Atwood

Giving voices to the voiceless

Human beings have engaged in the arts: music, visual imagery, dramatic performances – including rituals – and language arts, including tale telling, ever since they have been ...

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