Cancelled Arts Programme

June 26, 2019 - June 28, 2019
The CANCELLED Arts Programme was a curated intervention to the first World Conference on Statelessness.


The World Conference on Statelessness, Museum of Communication, The Hague, The Netherlands.



An introductory brochure outlining the structure of the programme.

1/1 Performance by Manish Harijan

The CANCELLED Arts Programme was devised as a five strand curated intervention to the first World Conference on Statelessness and brought together a global community of over 70 artists willing, and committed, to address the issues of statelessness through their continued practice.

At the invitation of the Institute of Statelessness and Inclusion, Empathy & Risk took on the challenge of encouraging artists, academics and activists to engage deeper with each other’s work, to draw actively from each other’s experience, to reveal new perspectives on familiar challenges.

The CANCELLED Arts Programme was curated to enable conference delegates to encounter artwork on statelessness that was both seminal as well as ephemeral, archival as well as contemporary. Delegates were introduced to new artwork and offered insights into the processes behind creating this work. There were opportunities for activists and artists to engage with each other on key panels and for conference delegates to understand the work of local artists, working on issues of statelessness in The Hague.

The CANCELLED Arts Programme was realised in five components :

  • CANCELLED Platform – New artwork created by research-led artists informed through conversations with academics/activists participating in the conference.
  • CANCELLED Archive – A collection of seminal artworks on Statelessness sourced from artists working around the world.  Available on a virtual platform and featured within the conference.
  • CANCELLED Experiment – A series of discrete artist interventions challenging the structure, process and programming of the conference.
  • CANCELLED Dialogues – A series of panels, platforms and forums for artists to engage with interdisciplinary discussions and debates on the subject of Statelessness.
  • CANCELLED Bridge – A curated series of art-related events on Statelessness connecting the closed conference to the city of The Hague and vice versa.


Curated by: Empathy & Risk 

In collaboration with: Creative Court 

Lead Artists : David Cotterrell (Platform), Ruwanthie de Chickera (Platform), Rabiaâ Benlahbib (Platform), Stephen Bailey (Experiment) 

Featured Artists : Rana Beshara (Platform), Ralph Eya (Platform), Manish Harijan (Platform), Jonas Staal (Archive), Azza El Hassan (Archive), Iman Aoun (Archive), Bazel Zaraa (Archive), Ashling O’Shea (Experiment), Maayu Ali (Experiment), Saiful Huq Omi (Archive), Greg Constantine (Archive) 

Arts Manager : Ashling O’Shea 

Archive Co-Curator : Nicoletta Enria 

Production Manager : Jennie King 

Film Maker : David Kew 

Designer : Thilini Perera 

Media Partner  : International Human Rights Observatory