The Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award is given by the Secretary General each year to the World Forum for Democracy’s most popular initiative, which was presented in the labs, voted upon by the Forum participants.

The Award is an original work of the artist Ilana Isehayek.

Ilana Isehayek began her career as an artist in Canada before settling in France twenty years ago. Her origins and path appear in her work through the attention it pays to the matters of roots, travel, and cultures. One of her major concerns is to create links between past and present, history and experience, defining the role of the public in the work, the appearance or physical approach of the place. In paintings, sculptures or installations, she develops a very personal language.

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