05:00 PM

Freedom in arts


HIAS, Rothenbaumchaussee 45, 20148 Hamburg

A look at art history shows that social and individual freedom and its limits have long been debated in different epochs and genres. At the same time, it reveals that the participants behind the scenes are still fighting specific freedom struggles today.

With examples from biography, research and artistic practice, artists and art-researchers will approach the topic of freedom in art. In doing so, geographical, political and social challenges of artistic creation as well as social acceptances are illuminated and placed in an international context – from a historical perspective as well as with regard to current discourses. The examination of forms of individual and collective striving for freedom, such as the appropriation of space or the renegotiation of socially set boundaries, should help to understand the significance of art in reflecting on power relations.


  • Stephen Barber, Professor of Art and Film, Kingston University, London
  • Cordula Ditz, visual artist, musician and DJ
  • Cat Hope, Professor of Music, Monash University, Melbourne
  • Jeanette Kohl, Professor of Art History, University of California, Riverside

Frank Fehrenbach, Professor at the Department of Art History, Universität Hamburg

This event will be held in English.