The Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching a solidarity programme entitled Fil Manfa for host organisations on the peripheries of conflict zones to provide shelter, workspace and assistance for artists in exile from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Palestine…To date ten artists are being supported in Istanbul, seven in Beirut and twelve in Domiz camp, Iraqi Kurdistan.
RCF is not a humanitarian organisation, however, we have witnessed how the current conflicts have made life extremely precarious for many artists who were living and working in countries currently at war. We have learnt that the humanitarian aid provided is often done so on a global scale and support to peripheral zones where artists are living is almost non-existent. Generally speaking, the understanding of the specific financial and social context artists are living in, in these regions, is insufficient. Similarly adequate appreciation of the potential resource artists represent to reconstruct their country once the conflict has ended is not explored.