Art Represent is a social enterprise dedicated to empowering artists affected by conflict and social upheaval. Art Represent is the first platform of this kind; a curated digital marketplace that provides artists with a source of income, and a cultural platform that stages exhibitions and creative projects with partners around the globe.
Art Represent works to create dialogue and social cohesion through art. We believe that by providing a platform for artists who belong to communities living in conflict, we can give representation to unheard voices and put a spotlight on the creative talent of individuals who should be recognised by a global audience.
We hope that through art, we can show a more human side to conflict and challenge the negative narratives of conflict regions and the refugees who are forced to flee from them.
We choose our artist on the basis of their talent rather than fetishising them for their personal history. The artists we deal with come from varied circumstances. Some have been affected by violent conflict directly; others are migrants/refugees from communities still afflicted by conflict. Some address conflict directly in their work, others choose to omit such themes from their artistic practice completely. Together, our artists contribute to a complex dialogue surrounding issues of identity, conflict and social upheaval... posing as many questions as they provide answers.