In the modern world on freedom of expression more and more pressure. This is also true of artistic creation… The crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has seriously affected both individual artists and artists and the culture and creativity sector in general, while at the same time demonstrating once again the importance of art and culture – because they help people to stay included in the life of society, to support bond with each other and stay optimistic. In addition, the crisis in the healthcare system has prompted people working in the creative field to explore new ways to develop their skills and look for new tools to connect with the audience, including the virtual one. In this regard, at the end of 2020 Council of Europe Steering Committee for Culture, Cultural Heritage and Landscape developed a concept digital exhibition “Create freely; create to be free “.
“Creative professions, art mobility and creative freedom are strategic resources of society that can help overcome disunity and solve modern global problems,” said Deputy Secretary General Björn Berge on the progress of the digital exhibition project. This exhibition builds on the experience of the Council of Europe in organizing art exhibitions; it is a fresh perspective and an innovative means of communicating the values of the Council of Europe. Previously published by the Steering Committee «Manifesto on Freedom of Expression in Arts and Culture in the Digital Age».
Germany, Poland, Serbia and Azerbaijan have already submitted their works for the exhibition in digital format on a special art site. Several other Council of Europe states are currently preparing materials and selecting works of art that they plan to exhibit. The event is intended to cover all member states of the Council of Europe. “We strive to ensure that each member state provides works that reflect the importance of art freedom in a democratic society, and that the exhibition becomes a living archive showing the state of art freedom in Europe in the 21st century,” Berge said.
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