Conceptual Development and Essential Meaning in the Artist’s Practice

Safe Havens Freedom Talks (SH|FT) presents an artist talk by Ani Svami livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Wednesday 15 March at 10 a.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 3 p.m. UTC / 4 p.m. CET (Prague, UTC +1).

Following three days of inspiring conversations and practical meetings in December with many global participants at the Safe Havens Conference 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico, Safe Havens Freedom Talks (SH|FT) presents an artist talk by Ani Svami, a Ukrainian multidisciplinary artist and public space sculptor, which was a part of the conference program.

This presentation shows a way of conceptual development and essential meaning in the artist’s practice. Through a story of more than ten public sculptures, Ani shows her latest project, erected in Prague after her evacuation from Prague as a result of the war. This event was made possible with the support of the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC).

Ani Svami (she) is a multidisciplinary artist, sculptor from Ukraine, Kyiv. The small- and large-scale objects she creates are all based on nature plastics and philosophy of plants. Ani is an established artist known for her work, participating in numerous exhibitions and projects over the world through the last seventeen years. After a horrible war came to her country, she moved to Prague, Czech Republic and managed to do massive public sculpture there with support of the Czech Centre by personal initiative as her own prayer for children protection and faster victory.

The event is organized by the independent international nonprofit Safe Havens Freedom Talks (SH|FT) through collaborations within the global Arts Rights Justice sector and with Safemuse graciously supporting as its mentoring organization in the start-up period. SH|FT is supported by the Swedish Arts Council under the Program for Artistic Freedom, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the Freedom Talks are sponsored by the Swedish Institute. The exhibition and platform project is funded by the Swedish Postcode Foundation.