Human Rights and
International Democratic Solidarity

Defense of the Freedom of Artistic Expression

Together with PROVEA we organize KaribeArte, a series of meetings between artists from Cuba, Venezuela and other countries aimed at talking about what it means to produce art in the Caribbean context.

KaribeArte: Art, Humor and Political Action - Third meeting 2021

What’s the space of humor in the Caribbean? What is it allowed to laugh about? What are the invisible borders that humor faces? What costs are paid for laughing at power? Here’s a summary of the meeting that we held together with Provea, Zona de Descargar, Freemuse, and Artists at Risk Connection to continue defending freedom of artistic expression. You will find fragments related to the theme: Art, humor and political action. We talked to artists and cultural actors who suffer harassment and persecution in their countries. We were accompanied through Cuba by the political satire magazine “Ay, qué muela!”; from Venezuela: the artists and activists Ricardo Del Bufalo, Melanio Escobar and Neisser Banout & from Colombia, the satirical news outlet, Actualidad Panamericana.

Art, creative protests and political change

CADAL together with Provea, Zona de Unloading, Freemuse, PEN Internacional for the Americas and the Caribbean organized the second KaribeArte meeting. Julio Llopiz Casal, from the 27N Movement (Cuba); Kizzy Macías, from Omni Zona Franca and the San Isidro Movement (Cuba); Úrsula Remedios y Argelia, from Comadres Púrpuras (Venezuela); Lucía Ixchiú, from Solidarity Festivals (Guatemala); and Angel Zambrano and Seymar Liscano from LAbo Público (Venezuela). The meeting was moderated by Cecilia Noce, Coordinator of the Project for the Defense of Artistic Freedom of Expression of CADAL (Argentina).
Primer encuentro KaribeArte 2021: Arte, mujeres y contextos autoritarios.

First meeting KaribeArte 2021: Art, women and authoritarian contexts

This year, together with PROVEA, we joined the Download Zone, Freemuse, PEN International for the Americas and the Caribbean and Cartooning for Peace to continue defending freedom of artistic expression. The first meeting had the participation of Katherine Bisquet, Cuban poet; Malu Valerio, Venezuelan visual artist; Dunia Orellana, Honduran screenwriter; and Rayma Suprani, Venezuelan cartoonist. We discussed with the speakers about how authoritarian contexts affect the artistic work of women, if there are specific mechanisms of violence or repression against women, among other issues.
Poesía y performance en resistencia

Poetry and performance in resistance

The sixth and last meeting of the KaribeArte 2020 cycle, organized together with the Venezuelan Program of Education-Action in Human Rights (PROVEA) and moderated by Cecilia Noce, Associate Researcher of the CADAL project "Defense of Artistic Freedom of Expression", had as speakers Luis Eligio D 'Omni, multidisciplinary artist and activist; Amaury Pacheco, poet and activist; and Iris Ruiz, actress and activist (Cuba) and Eduardo Burguer, scriptwriter and activist; Ricardo Ramírez, teacher and writer; and Marcos Salazar, actor and activist (Venezuela).
Zombies en el Caribe: censura y producción de películas

Zombies in the Caribbean: Censorship and Film Production

The fifth meeting of the KaribeArte cycle, organized together with the Venezuelan Program of Education-Action in Human Rights (PROVEA) and moderated this time by Hernán Schell, teacher and film critic (Argentina), had as speakers Alejandro Brugués, filmmaker and director of the film “Juan de los muertos” (Cuba) and Flavio Pedota, director of the film “Infección” (Venezuela).
Rapconciencia: música de resistencia en el Caribe

Rapconciencia: resistance music in the Caribbean

The fourth meeting of the KaribeArte cycle, organized together with the Venezuelan Program of Education-Action in Human Rights (PROVEA) and moderated by Cecilia Noce, Associate Researcher of the CADAL project "Defense of Artistic Freedom of Expression", had Osvaldo Navarro as speakers “Navy-Pro” (Cuba) and Ray Martínez “Free-Convict” (Venezuela).
Zombies en el Caribe: censura y producción de películas

Art and activism in the Caribbean

The third meeting of the KaribeArte cycle, organized together with the Venezuelan Program of Education-Action in Human Rights (PROVEA) and moderated by Gabriel Chwojnik, musician, composer and conductor (Argentina) was entitled “Human rights on the tables: art and activism in the Caribbean ”and had as speakers Iris Ruiz, actress (Cuba) and Mafer Abzueta, dancer (Venezuela).
#KaribeArte: «Producción de eventos a contracorriente» Parte II

Production of countercurrent events

The second meeting of the KaribeArte cycle, organized together with the Venezuelan Program of Education-Action in Human Rights (PROVEA) and moderated by Cecilia Noce, Associate Researcher of the CADAL project "Defense of the Freedom of Artistic Expression", was titled "Production of events against the current ”and had as exhibitors Michel Matos, Rotilla Festival (Cuba) and Félix Allueva, New Bands Foundation (Venezuela).
Contracultura y punk en el Caribe

Counterculture and punk in the Caribbean

Together with the Venezuelan Program for Education-Action in Human Rights (PROVEA), the KaribeArte cycle began, which will include six days of exchange between artists from Cuba and Venezuela. This first KaribeArte meeting was titled "The commander wants to be applauded: counterculture and punk in the Caribbean", with the participation of the bands "Agent Strange" from Venezuela and "Porno Para Ricardo" from Cuba. The meeting was moderated by Cecilia Noce, Associate Researcher of the CADAL project "Defense of Freedom of Artistic Expression".