VERDENSROMMET | history

Verdensrommet is an artist-led grassroots and mutual support network for non-EU and international artists and cultural workers based in Norway. We do art and political activism, guidance, advocacy, creative networks, and provide tools to strengthen interdiasporic art practices. Addressing critical migratory, economic, and labor concerns of this arts community.

The network was established in March 2020. The urgency of coronavirus made it imperative for us to share experiences and offer support to each other in light of our shared, increasingly precarious, situation. Ultimately, this moment fast-tracked the trajectory of our society. Initially founded by Rodrigo Ghattas-Peréz (Peru-Palestine) and Gabrielle Paré (Canada), subsequent key contributors soon followed; Anthony Morton (South Africa) and Prerna Bishnoi (India). Based respectively in Hadeland, Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim, these four artists currently compose Verdensrommet’s board member committee.

Our mission is to establish a sustainable solidarity network between artists from this minority group, by providing assistance in navigating rules and regulations within the bureaucratic system; demystifying immigration procedures and lob(v)ying for better living and labor conditions of these artists. As many live in the country without the security of citizenship, our ultimate goal is to fight for a change in immigration policy.

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