Displaced Artists Initiative

Co-sponsored by Columbia Global Centers | Paris and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, the Displaced Artists Initiative is designed to support artists who have had to leave their countries of origin due to extreme circumstances (war, natural disaster, political oppression).

For the 2023-2024 year, the Reid Hall artist-in-residence is Afghan-Iranian the writer Aliyeh Ataei; the project-in-residence is the 1991 Project, a non-profit association whose purpose is to safeguard and promote Ukrainian music.

The official launch of the initiatives took place on September 28, 2023.

2024–25 Application

Artists currently based in France are invited to apply for a Residency as part of the Displaced Artists Initiative at Reid Hall, jointly supported by Columbia Global Centers | Paris and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination. This provides support for artists who have had to leave their countries of origin due to extreme circumstances (war, natural disaster, political oppression).

The deadline for 2024 – 2025 applications is April 30, 2024.

The year-long residency includes an annual stipend of $50,000 (paid in monthly installments), administrative support, and a small office space at Reid Hall, from September 2024 to June 2025. The residency offers time and space to one artist working on a long-term project. The participant will be invited to contribute to the activities at Reid Hall. These can take the form of public lectures about their work, exhibits, podcasts, workshops, or conferences.

To apply, please complete the application form. Candidates will be asked to submit a short CV, a work sample, and a small proposal (1 to 3 pages) on the project they intend to work on while they are at Reid Hall.

Questions may be addressed to: Marie Doezema, Special Projects Manager ([email protected])

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Danse de fumée by Aliyeh Ataei performed at "La Nuit" festival

 Danse de fumée will be performed again at Reid Hall on April 29.

2023–2024 Residents

Writer | Iran

Aliyeh Ataei is an Afghan-Iranian author and screenwriter whose books have won major literary awards in Iran, including Mehregan-e-Adab for Best Novel. She was born in 1981 in Iran, and grew up in Darmian, a border region situated between the South Khorasan Province in Iran and the Farah province in Afghanistan. Ataei was a border dweller, with part of her family living in Iran and the other part in Afghanistan. Widely recognized as a strong adherent of women’s rights, Ataei is deeply influenced by personal accounts of growing up as a female minority in Iran, and her work takes on themes such as identity and the émigré life. She finished her high-school in Birjand and left for the capital to continue her studies at Tehran University of Art where she earned an undergraduate and a graduate degree in Screenplay Writing.

In addition to publishing books, Ataei has worked for several magazines such as Hamshahri, Tajrobeh, and Nadastan. Her short stories and essays have been translated and published in numerous American and French magazines, including Guernica, Words without Borders, Michigan Quarterly Review, Adi Magazine, and Kenyon Review. Her collection of personal essays, titled Kursorkhi in Persian, was published by Gallimard in April 2023 as La frontière des oubliés.

Aliyeh Ataei est une écrivaine et scénariste afghane-irano, récipiendaire de grands prix littéraires dont le prix Mehregan-e-Adab du meilleur roman. Ataei est née en 1981 et a grandi à Darmian, une région frontalière entre la province du Khorasan du Sud en Iran et la province de Farah en Afghanistan. Elle est diplômée du lycée de Birjand et est allée à Téhéran pour poursuivre ses études à l'Université d'art de Téhéran où elle a obtenu son B.A. et M.A. en écriture de scénario. Le travail d’Ataei traite beaucoup de l’immigration, et elle travaille comme militante des droits des femmes ayant grandi en Iran en tant que minorité féminine et connu beaucoup de discrimination.
En plus de publier des livres, elle a travaillé avec plusieurs magazines tels que Hamshahri, Tajrobeh et Nadastan. Ses nouvelles ont également été traduites et publiées dans plusieurs magazines américains et français tels que Michigan Quarterly Review, Words without Borders, Adi Magazine, Kenyon Review et Guernica. Son dernier livre La frontière des oubliés, intitulé Kursorkhi en persan, parût chez Gallimard en avril 2023.

“Aliyeh Ataei’s brilliant immersion reporting feels urgent and necessary.”

— Jina Moore, Guernica Magazine

“Aliyeh Ataei plumbs the intimate effects of displacement, considering how memories and assumptions about conflict fizz in the familial sphere.”

— Meara Sharma, Adi Magazine



La frontière des oubliés (2023)

Koorsorkhi: a story of soul and war (2021)

Eye of the dog (2019)

Kafourpoosh (2015)

How could Abel be killed by Cain? (2012)



“Galileo,” Words without Borders

“The Alcove,” Michigan Quarterly Review

“Bullet in Our Conversation,” Adi Magazine

“To Live Again,” Kenyon Review

“The Border Merchant,” Guernica

Malali and Me,” Guernica

“My Mother is a Tree,” Markaz Review

Non-profit association | Ukraine

The 1991 Project is a non-profit association whose purpose is to safeguard and promote Ukrainian music, by helping Ukrainian musicians preserve their artistic skills in France and in the Western world. It is led and inspired by Anna Stavychenko, a musicologist, music critic and classical music producer. The production of concerts, cultural, and educational events gives visibility to the Ukrainian musical repertoire, in its tight connections to European cultural traditions.

The initial programs of the project target the most urgent needs of Ukrainian musicians, exiled in France with their families, by providing income, psychological support, and social assistance. These musicians are some of the best performers and they come from the best orchestras in Ukraine, such as the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the National ensemble of soloists "Kyivska kamerata," or the Odesa Philharmonic Orchestra.

The first major event presented by the 1991 Project was the Silvestrov Days in Paris in May and June 2023, co-organized with Columbia Global Centers | Paris, the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, the Ukrainian Culture Center in Paris, and the Embassy of Ukraine in France. The festival was dedicated to one of the greatest Ukrainian contemporary composers, Valentyn Silvestrov.

The 1991 Project is currently preparing the 2023/2024 season, in collaboration with the Ukrainian Embassy in France, Columbia Global Centers | Paris, Reid Hall, UNICEF, the University Paris 8.

Le 1991 Project est une association à but non lucratif dont le but est de sauvegarder et de promouvoir la musique ukrainienne, en aidant des musiciens ukrainiens à préserver leurs compétences artistiques en France et dans le monde occidental. Elle est dirigée et inspirée par Anna Stavychenko, musicologue, critique musicale et productrice de musique classique. La production de concerts, d'événements culturels et éducatifs donne de la visibilité au répertoire musical ukrainien, dans ses liens étroits avec les traditions culturelles européennes.

Les programmes initiaux du projet ciblent les besoins les plus urgents des musiciens ukrainiens exilés en France avec leurs familles : revenus, soutien psychologique et aide sociale. Ces musiciens comptent parmi les meilleurs interprètes d'Ukraine et sont issus des meilleurs orchestres de leur pays, tels que l'Orchestre national philharmonique, l'ensemble national "Kyivska Kamerata" ou l'Orchestre philharmonique d'Odesa.

Le premier événement majeur organisé par le 1991 Project fut les Journées Silvestrov à Paris en mai-juin 2023, coorganisées avec Columbia Global Centers | Paris, l'Institute for Ideas and Imagination, le Centre culturel ukrainien à Paris et l'Ambassade d'Ukraine en France. Le festival était dédié à l'un des plus grands compositeurs contemporains ukrainiens, Valentyn Silvestrov.

Le 1991 Project prépare actuellement la saison 2023/2024, en collaboration avec l'Ambassade d'Ukraine en France, Columbia Global Centers | Paris, Reid Hall, l'UNICEF, et l'Université Paris 8.

Press Contacts

If you have questions concerning the Displaced Artists Initiative or would like to reach out regarding a potential collaboration, please contact

Brunhilde Biebuyck
Columbia Global Centers | Paris
[email protected]

Marie D’Origny
Paris Director
Institute for Ideas and Imagination
[email protected] 

Marie Doezema
Special Projects Manager
Columbia Global Centers | Paris
[email protected]

Past Residents

The Harriman Residencies were year-long residencies for Ukrainian writers and creative artists. They were established in 2022, made possible thanks to the generosity of the Harriman Institute, the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, Columbia Global Centers | Paris, and a gift from the Ukrainian Studies Fund. Learn more.


Victoria Amelina, who had been due to begin a Harriman Residency at Reid Hall in September 2023, died on July 1 of injuries she sustained as the result of the Russian shelling of a restaurant in Kramatorsk on 27 June. Our thoughts go out at this time to her family and her friends.

Amelina was a Ukrainian novelist, essayist, poet, and human rights activist based in Kyiv. She won the Joseph Conrad Literature Prize for her prose works, including the novels Dom's Dream Kingdom and Fall Syndrome, and was a finalist for the European Union Prize for Literature and the UN Women in Arts Award. She was a founder of the New York Literature Festival, which took place in a village called New York in the Bakhmut area, in the Donetsk region. Since 2022 she had been collaborating with Ukrainian NGOs, including Truth Hounds and the Center for Civil Liberties, to document war crimes and advocate for accountability for the international crimes committed in Ukraine. Recently, she was working on a non-fiction project, Looking at Women Looking at War: War and Justice Diary.

Natalka Bilotserkivets (Наталка Білоцерківець) is the author of six books of poetry and a volume of selected poems, “We Shall Not Die in Paris” (“Ми помрем не в Парижі”) 2015 and 2018. Her poetry has been translated into a dozen languages, including recent English translations of Subterranean Fire (2020) and Eccentric Days of Hope and Sorrow (2021), and has been awarded many national and international prizes.

As a Harriman Resident, Natalka worked on Repossessions (working title), a small book of poems about the lost things (or, in a special way, poems of things, or things’ poems), which tell their life stories in the time of war.

Paul Klebnikov Fellow

Born in Donetsk in 1994, Nikita Grigorov moved in 2014 to Kyiv. He majored in Eastern European Studies at Taras Shevchenko National University Kyiv and attended Charles University in Prague. His work as a journalist has appeared in Ukrainian and foreign media as well as in literary anthologies. He is also the author of scripts for independent films and short plays. Together with Veniamin Belyavsky, he contributed to, translated, and edited an anthology of Ukrainian writers from Donbas Порода (“Breed”).

Zoya Laktionova was born in Mariupol in 1984. She made her first appearance in the world of documentary cinema as a character in the film "Ma"(10’) in 2017, and a year later she directed her first short documentary, "Diorama", about the mined sea in the Mariupol area. The film won an award in the MyStreetFilms category at the “86” festival (Ukraine) in 2018, was selected by several European film festivals, and was released in Ukraine in 2019. "Territory of Empty Windows" (10’) premiered in 2021 at the DocudaysUA International Human Rights DFF and received several awards in various festivals across Europe.

During her residency at the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, Zoya will work on two projects: a full-length hybrid documentary film, Ashes That Settle in Layers on the Surface, about her native city of Mariupol, and a short film, Muto, telling the story of the Roma genocide in Ukraine.

A graduate from the National Music Academy of Ukraine, Anna Stavychenko is a musicologist, music critic, and classical music manager. She pursued her PhD at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich and the Richard Strauss Institute in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. She is an Executive Director of the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the "Open Music City" Public Initiative, and Chief Executive Officer of the Lyatoshynsky Club, which aims to research, perform, and promote the Ukrainian repertoire of the 20th-21st centuries. Since the beginning of Russia's war against Ukraine, she has also been the curator of special projects of the Sinfonia Varsovia, launched to integrate the Ukrainian repertoire into the programs of this prominent Polish orchestra and create special events for Ukrainian refugees and their children. Stavychenko is also the head of a special mission of the Philharmonie de Paris, designed to provide temporary contracts with French national orchestras to Ukrainian musicians who were forced to leave their homeland because of the war.

As a Harriman Resident, Anna will work on a book that combines the real stories of Ukrainian refugee musicians—and her own—with insider narratives about the classical music industry.