An artistic workshop
Conceived by Olafur Eliasson
Co-produced by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
Hosted by the 57th Venice Biennale as part of the exhibition Viva Arte Viva
13 May - 26 November 2017
Hosted by Moody Center for the Arts, Houston
24 February–May 2017
Hosted by TBA21–Augarten, Vienna
12 March–29 July 2016
Green light is an act of welcoming, addressed both to those who have fled hardship and instability in their home countries and to the residents of the cities receiving them. Working together in a playful creative process, participants build a modular light and construct a communal environment in which difference is not only accepted but embraced. I hope Green light shines light on some of the challenges and responsibilities arising from the current refugee crisis in Europe and throughout the world.
– Olafur Eliasson
The Moody Center for the Arts, Houston, will host the first installation in the United States of Olafur Eliasson’s Green light — An artistic workshop. Initiated by Eliasson in collaboration with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) in Vienna, Austria, in 2016, this project addresses the international refugee crisis and the current geopolitical issues surrounding global migration. It gives the green go-ahead light to asylum seekers, refugees, and economic migrants by inviting them to participate in a multi-faceted program of creativity and shared learning. This includes a workshop for the construction of Green light lamps, as well as language courses, seminars, artist’s interventions, and film screenings.
Made from recycled and sustainable materials and designed to be stackable, the Green light modules can function either on their own or be combined into more complex structures.
You can purchase a Green light lamp directly at TBA21, through selected partners, or on the TBA21 web shop. Proceeds from the sales will be donated to partnering non-governmental organizations that assist refugees and migrants. Green light lamps will also be available for purchase from the Moody Center for the Arts in the spring.
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