Traditionally, a council is a group of people who gather to take decisions for both themselves and for those they represent. Councils operate across cultures and at many levels of society including families, schools, trade unions, corporations, governments, and religious communities. Our Council assembles people and knowledge from the arts, sciences and civil society in order to foster new understandings of societal issues. It does this in a variety of ways.

Most of our work to date has involved developing long-term ‘inquiries’ that address political, social and environmental issues. Within these inquiries, we curate exhibitions and public programmes, and commission new works and texts by artists, researchers and activists. Alongside these activities, we established a fellowship programme for artists and cultural producers who instigate social change through long-term initiatives.

Founded as a not-for-profit organisation in 2013, Council is based in Paris, but the team and our partners are international. We are currently developing projects in Bangladesh, Belgium, Colombia, Greece, France, Norway, Russia and the United States.

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Lia Rodrigues
(2014 — Rio)

Samuel Riera
(2017 — Cuba)

(2017 — Turkey)

Fernando García-Dory
(2016 — Spain)

Yassin al-Haj Saleh
(2016 - Istanbul)

Zanele Muholi
(2014 — Cape Town)

Alejandra Ballon Guttiérrez
(2015 - Lima)

(2015 - Amman)