Artraker Conversations – 2 – Ian D. Quick


Margaux Portron, Research and Communications Associate, Artraker.

Ian D. Quick learnt about Artraker through INCAS consulting, which is one of our partners. Ian himself works for ECAS,  covering Europe and the Middle East/North Africa region for the INCAS Group. Ian was previously interested in how the creative community tried to fill the gaps that had been left by official institutions. His interests in less structured, less formal entities working in Sri Lanka coincided with our exhibition Art of Peace travelling to Colombo as part of a week of events.

10 Ways to Make Creativity Work for Peace

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David Nyheim, Chief Executive of ECAS and Managing Partner and Chairman of INCAS Consulting Ltd. (Malta).

Rozhgar Mustafa. "Five Plastic Women Protestors".  Source:

Rozhgar Mustafa. “Five Plastic Women Protestors”. Source:

The facts are staggering. OECD donor government investment into peace and development stood at USD16.5 billion in the period 2007-2011. During that time, global spending on preparing for or making war was USD10.493 trillion. In practice, for every dollar spent on making and building peace, 635 are spent on doing just the opposite.

So as a peacemaker you’re pretty much outgunned and out-resourced. What do you do? Well a lot of us get jaded. Others do yoga. Others again get angry. Some get involved in politics. Many pursue the development of technical solutions. But just a few get creative.

Mapping the museum territory

Short read, Talk

Margaux Portron, Research and Communications Associate, Artraker.


This wednesday I  attended a talk on “Mapping the Museum Territory”.

One of the presentations was by a researcher in museum interpretation, Melissa Forstrom. She explained how gallery maps are constructed narratives. She focused on highlighting, through maps from the Met and the British Museum, what was shown, who the “imagined visitor” was, and what was silenced. She argued, for instance, that the choice by the Met to put the names of the donors on the map but the names of the rooms in the legend was a political one.

A Space for discussion

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Hello world!

This wordpress is related to Artraker, an organisation promoting and showcasing conflict art. Collaborators and partners of the organisation will share their insight on their work and on the state of art in conflict or postconflict contexts.

Here we will be able to talk about art and conflict, art and politics, exhibitions we’ve visited, talks we’ve attended, etc.

We are looking forward to see this space come alive, thanks to you!



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