IAA and climate

Gaïa breathes
Gaïa breathes finally dare to confirm scientists, thus corroborating the myths and the legends that make Earth, not only a simple planet, but a living entity. Gaïa, Pachamama, just like an human being, and seen from space, would breathe, this respiration being visible to the naked eye. "The radical hypothesis, formulated 50 years ago, but strongly rejected for several décades, is in the process of establishing itself in all modern géosciences. Because the experts are convinced: only this new approach can predict the risks of climatic, oceanographic, or ecological changes that human activities pose to our world." (Science et Vie, N° 1230. And if Earth were alive: scientists believe it).

The artists, meanwhile, didn't waited for this scientific development to breathe in tune with Nature, capturing, thanks to their intuition, the correlation between the rythm of the elements, their manifestation, and living species, in the harmony or dysharmony of the time.

In 2019, two AIAP/IAA exhibitions particularly underline this problem:

- the exhibition of the Italian Committee (AIAPI) devoted to Earth rights and to climate change: Art can save the world. Link: http://aiapi.it/clima-eng

- the exhibition of the French Committee (CNFAP): Nature et Imaginaire.

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India 2019: 'Clean India Mission', Swachh Bharat

In October 2019, the IAA Indian National Committee launched the movement 'Clean India Mission', a campaign and a walk with very young children to raise awareness about the disposal of plastic waste. The 'Bengal Tiger Army pre primary school', Kanchrapara, supervised by soldiers, opened the ban by having all this plastic waste collected by young children. The local population has largely supported the 'anti plastic waste' initiative that the UNIVART Foundation wishes to extend to the entire planet.

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Chile 2019: Before the end - for an eco-revolution

Being aware of the climate emergency as described by the scientists, and taking into account the meeting of COP 25 at the end of the year 2019, in Chile, the Chilean National Committee decided to use the artists' weapons to educate the public. An international traveling exhibition, entitled 'Antes del fin, por une eco-revolution' (Before the end: for an eco-revolution), conceived and hanged according to the concept of 'Mail Art', has already been presented in Santiago, Chile, in Spring 2019, and will continue to run. The next stop is the City of Villa Alemana, near Valparaiso, in July.

About the project (by Alex Chellew, Spanish only) | flyer 1 | flyer 2 | flyer 3 | Find more pictures through this link


Slovakia: Danube Day 2019

'Danube Day 2019' event was prepared in cooperation with The Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Water Management Construction, state enterprise and the Slovak Union of Visual Arts in Gallery UMELKA garden, located on the Danube river bank in the centre of Bratislava.

The event focused on children aged 6-10 was opened by the Minister of Environment, who held a short speech and debate with the kids, then the prizes in creative competition were awarded. After this official part, there was a theatre performance explaining the importance of protecting environment (clean water, recycling, sustainability) and several workshops with topics of nature and environment.

250 visitors attended the event, among them 200 children. The organizers already asked us to cooperate also next year.

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Base'Art Festival, Up'Cycling Tour: an exhibition on recycling waste materials, 2019

BASEART photo Valmigot

In the Framework of the World Environment Day, and thanks to the Financial support of the Var Region companies, an IAA France (CNFAP) artist, Valmigot, curated the Base'Art Festival exhibition which took place from June 6 to 9, 2019, in Saint Raphaël, France.

The 2019 theme was the recycling of waste materials into aesthetic purposes. 74 artists were selected who used recycling materials (carboard, electrical wires, plastics, food packaging, accounting books, electronic waste, etc.) as well as other rubbish/products at the end of their life, intended for waste disposal, to prove that recycling is not a devaluation in itself, but a use of the 'ugly' and of the 'useless' able to create, through art, works providing a new beauty, sometimes close to the sublime.

This circular economy allowed the artists to work with free materials that they only had the hard time to reprocess and to gave them a new Financial value in the economy of the contemporary art market. More than half of the works were sold, a lot of artists were recruited by contemporary art galleries, and the City of Bandol selected several of them for its 2020 exhibition.

The 70 sponsoring companies, for their part, benefit from taxes exemptions up to 60% for these works which are entering into their heritage. This atypical exhibition drained about 7000 visitors during those 4 days.

View more photos, announcement, catalogue, press release and curator interview (FR version).


India: UNIVART Foundation, an IAA National Summit



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In December 2016, the South Korean National Committee organized an International Art environmental Festival in the Gardens and in the Conference Center of the City of Suncheon on the theme: 'Voyage into Paradise'. Twenty artists from AIAP participated to this manifestation which was inaugurated by the Lord Mayor of Suncheon, Mr Choong-Hoon Cho, and by President Bedri Baykam.

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Across the ocean, second international exhibition
Costa Rican Association of Visual Artists, ACAV

'Costa Rica, Pont Vert', Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, Francia, October 2013

Costa Rica is a small country in Central America with an area of 51,110 km2, a variety of rivers, plains, mountains, valleys, flora, fauna, volcanoes, beaches, protected areas, biological reserves and many attractions along with a variety of climates. The location of Costa Rica is of great importance for the preservation of life, which is seen as a corridor between two large continental masses and establishing a bridge, which led to the name of the sample. Biodiversity and natural wealth of Costa Rica with its light and colour were reflected in the works.

The project was coordinated by Rosemary Golcher, Costa Rica, Honorary Master of ACAV Don Carlos Poveda and was cured by Lic. Maria Enriqueta Guardia. It had the support of the Association of Friends of Costa Rica in France. They, together with Mariamarta Pacheco, participated in the installation of the exhibition. The event was published and distributed nationally and internationally, both in France and in Costa Rica.

Read more about the exhibition here [PDF]

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