Adelina von Furstenberg, producer
She is one of the field’s pioneers in broadening contemporary art. Armenian born in Istanbul, Swiss citizen, married to the photographer Franz Egon von Fürstenberg, she is one of the first curators who showed an interest in non-Western artists, thus opening the way for a multicultural approach in art. During her studies of Political Sciences at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Adelina founded the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva; later on she directed Le Magasin, Centre d’Art Contemporain of Grenoble, France and its School of Curators. In 1993, she was awarded by the Jury of the 45th Venice Biennial for her direction of Le Magasin and her educational work. In 1996 she founded Art for The World, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) associate to the UN Department of Public Information for the diffusion and promotion of the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through art, the organization of exhibitions and the production of films around the world. Knowing that cinema is peculiarly potent to familiarize cultures to each other, to create endless possibilities that regenerate and enrich our social lives, Adelina von Fürstenberg, in 2008 for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), produced successfully a long feature film Stories on Human Rights and composed a series of 22 short movies directed by Hany Abu Assad, Sergei Bodrov, Pablo Trapero, Apichapong Weerasetakul, Jasmila Zbanic, etc. In 2011, under the patronage of UN’s Alliance of Civilizations and the Council of Europe she produced a second series of 7 short films Then & Now: Beyond Borders and Differences, by Fanny Ardant, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Jafar Panahi, etc.