This report aims to understand the challenges and obstacles that impede theflourishing of artistic creativity, and make specific recommendations to overcome them.The approach adopted is broad. The report addresses forms of expression that carry anaesthetic and/or symbolic dimension, using different media including, but not limited to,painting and drawing, music, songs and dances, poetry and literature, theatre and circus,photography, cinema and video, architecture and sculpture, performances and public artinterventions, etc., irrespective of whether their content is sacred or profane, political orapolitical, or whether it addresses social issues or not. It recognizes that artistic activityrelies on a large number of actors not reducible to the artist per se, encompassing all thoseengaged in and contributing to the creation, production, distribution and dissemination ofartistic expressions and creations. The Special Rapporteur is convinced that freedom ofartistic expression and creativity cannot be dissociated from the right of all persons to enjoythe arts, as in many cases restrictions on artistic freedoms aim at denying people access tospecific artworks. Hence, removing creative expressions from public access is a way torestrict artistic freedom. Ironically enough, restrictions are often imposed in the name of thepublic which, however, is prevented from making its own judgement.
Creative Expression and Dementia