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International art contest to highlight minority artists work on statelessness


Deadline: 21 June 2022

On the occasion of the International Day Against Racial Discrimination 21 March 2022, the UN Human Rights Office, the UN Refugee Agency and the non-governmental organization Freemuse join forces to launch a contest for minority artists who have exposed, explored, and/or addressed matters relating to statelessness through their artwork. The contest is organized to support minority artists’ work on statelessness and to increase the visibility of their artwork, while raising awareness on the human rights of stateless individuals and groups belonging to minorities.

Minority artists are invited to submit up to five works of art related to statelessness, as well as to complete the information requested at: https://freemuse.org/events/international-art-contest/

The contest is adjudicated by a dedicated Judges Panel involving minority artists from various contexts worldwide, as well as involving the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights. The Panel will select three minority artists or art projects to receive awards.

Deadline for submissions is 21 June 2022. The award-winners will be announced on 4 November 2022, the 8th anniversary of the #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness.


Artists who self-identify as belonging to a minority in accordance with the 1992 UN Minorities Declaration are welcome to apply. All artworks with statelessness as a theme are eligible, including but not limited to photography, painting, video, installation, drawing, sculpture, dancing, music, etc. For practical reasons, electronic copies of the artwork(s) should be submitted in a digital format.


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