Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Benjamin Abras is a poet, visual artist, actor-dancer, director, essayist, playwright, singer, and composer. Abras looks through the lens of geopoetics to unveil the historical dialogues that make up contemporary identities. In his performance practice, he explores the movement language of Afro Butoh. Photo: Neïs Michel-Casasola
The Bigger Picture
Artists at Risk
Artists at Risk (AR) is a nonprofit organization that facilitates the secure passage of persecuted artists and welcomes them in safe-haven residencies around the world. But what happens when the world’s borders close due to a pandemic? In mid-May, Gillian Jakab spoke with founders Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky in Berlin and artist Benjamin Abras in Tunis about the history of the organization, the residency experience, and the AR COVID-19 Emergency Fund.