It is time for good news: SMY ARTS 2nd edition goes on!
The European Association for the defence of Human Rights (AEDH) liked our project « Together or divided: Europe, a safe haven? ». They liked it so much that they wanted to exhibit the participants’ projects during a public conference « Rethinking the European Union, rethinking civic engagement » they are organising on Friday 26th May 2017 at the Cultural Centre Les Riches-Claires (Rue des Riches-Claires, 24 – 1000 Brussels) located in the city center (close to the tram station, Bourse).
AEDH is a European network of more than 30 member organizations and individual members. Founded in 2000, the association defends and promotes human rights in the European Union. The association is working for a democratic Europe that guarantees freedoms and rights of all without discrimination. It defends not only civic and political rights but also economic, social and cultural rights.
On a day-to-day basis, AEDH keeps informing and alerting its members and EU citizens on European and national policies that have an impact on human rights. It is the first time they are organising a public event in which you will be able to take part at discussions on the future of the European Union and reflect on how civil society could evolve in a transnational dimension.
The common project of European states is facing a crisis. The latter is illustrated by the Brexit, the building of blocks among states, the closing of borders and the multiplication of individual actions by member states… Common initiatives are rare and when they exist, they are concentrating on downwards harmonisation of the existing rules protecting citizens. In this context, we need to explore options to rebuild the European Union on its founding values of human rights and democracy. Dominique Guibert, AEDH President
We are so glad to participate to this event which is very close to SMY’s mission, aka offering a space for citizens to express their views on the European Union through different means. SMY-ARTS is one of those spaces. The second edition focused on one specific topic: the arrival of refugees in Europe. Indeed, we wanted to examine the current issue by giving the opportunity to photographers to express and illustrate their personal views, concerns, hopes and fears regarding this crisis.
The current state of the Union also raises questions on transnational civic engagement. The resurgence of nationalist, racist, xenophobic and security positions implies in part that voices defending a common future based on human rights have been unable to mobilise and convince on a sufficient level. This means that we also need to reflect on how civil society has to evolve. Dominique Guibert, AEDH President.
We hope that you will come by, take part in interesting discussions, get to know amazing photographers and enjoy a drink or two! Best thing ever is that there will even be some very good live music with Nawaris that will perform their new album “Migration” especially for us!