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Artists for Kobanê: An online auction to benefit refugees from Kobanê


Artists for Kobanê: An online auction to benefit refugees from Kobanê. Design: Julieta Aranda.

December 4–18, 2014 on

With works by:

Nevin Aladağ, Halil Altındere, Allora & Calzadilla, Julieta Aranda, Savaş Boyraz, Phil Collins, Braco Dimitrijević, Jimmie Durham, Maria Eichhorn, Olafur Eliasson, Roza El-Hassan, İnci Eviner, Antje Ehmann/ Harun Farocki, Claire Fontaine, Liam Gillick, Nilbar Güreş, Hans Haacke, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Sharon Hayes, Berat Işık, Sanja Iveković, Carsten Nicolai, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ahmet Öğüt, Erkan Özgen, Şener Özmen, Trevor Paglen*, Pussy Riot, Walid Raad, Raqs Media Collective, Martha Rosler, Anri Sala, Slavs & Tatars, Pelin Tan, Cengiz Tekin, Rirkrit Tiravanija/ Tomas Vu/ Miguel Cardenas, Hito Steyerl, Anton Vidokle, Clemens von Wedemeyer, and Tobias Zielony.

More than 200,000 people have been displaced by recent IS attacks in Kobanê, Shengal and many other towns and areas in northern Syria and Iraq. Many of the refugees are sheltered by municipalities and provisionally housed in administrative buildings, museums, construction sites or tent camps. On Mt Shengal – a region still controlled by IS – people remain camped out in the open. The local population in the region has shown amazing hospitality in taking in tens of thousands of refugees, who are unable to go home as long as IS aggressively claims territory. Winter is coming and the situation is getting dramatically more severe. Tents are urgently needed, as well as winter clothes, electric stoves, blankets and diapers.

All proceeds of this auction will be used to meet the urgent needs of the refugees. The municipality of Suruç, where around 50,000 refugees from Kobane live, is a priority.

The auction will start on Thursday, December 4th and will be open for bidding through December 18th, 2014.

If you would like to contribute, but don't want to buy art, please make a cash donation here: – any amount will be greatly appreciated.

The benefit is organized by Hito Steyerl and Anton Vidokle, logistics of the auction are supported by e-flux and Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand.

For further information please contact Rivers Plasketes at

We kindly thank all of the artists for generously donating their work.

This work will be sold privately, for inquiries please write to

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