LETTER NUMBER 7
I hope that this letter finds all of you in great spirit and
good health will in these days that are taking us closer and
closer to Spring. I wish that also all of you had great artistic
plans to I wanted to remind you few things that will be on our
agenda during April 2017.
I have to confess that this year my own activities as well as
the one of the Turkish Committee will be limited due to the
fact in Turkey we have a very dangerous referendum coming precisely
on April 16th. For those of you that don’t know, on that
date, the referendum will ask to Turks if they say 'yes' or
'no' to the question 'do you agree to leave all the powers within
the country to one single man? Do you agree that he should decide
on the fate of the whole country?' In other words, just because
we have to struggle this year in Turkey about such a crazy danger,
I cannot go out of the country again to Monaco, or Los Angeles,
or Florence or Paris… I have to stay here in Turkey in
democratic struggle, in full solidarity with my artist and writer
friends, with the people of Turkey...
But that does not prevent me from explaining again to you, what
kind of activities you can arrange… I had already mentioned
that you could arrange interesting shows, or happenings, street
art/music events with museums, galleries as well as municipalities.
You can ask all galleries and art institutions to carry the
WAD logo on their invitations, catalogs or press bulletins,
websites… You can ask municipalities to invite artists
either on the 15th of April precisely, or one evening in one
of the nights of the WAD week. It can be a dinner or a cocktail,
or a cocktail during an art happening. Also, you can select
as the National Committee of your country:
Artist of the Year;
Emerging Artist of the Year;
Professional of the Year (among non-artists);
Press Professional of the Year (Writer-critic-editor-in
Related Association/Foundation/Cultural Center/Museum of the Year.
So you should have a commemorative plate ready for the winners
of the year in your country, a plate carrying also the WAD logo
and your National Committees and the IAA’s logo. Thus
the power structure in your country, will feel honored to have
been 'decorated' by the artists of the country within an international
organization and a worldwide-celebrated event.
If for some ideas you are late for this year, it doesn’t
matter, you can do it next year this means you are very early
for this year! The shows can be about:
Young art/under 35;
from art academicians and teachers from all universities;
from Fine arts high schools/ teachers and their students;
OF COURSE: ANY MAJOR Artist, or art movements or conceptually
curated various shows.
IN SCHOOLS OR MUSEUMS/ART CENTERS: Visiting, kindergartens,
schools, high schools and universities, OR MUSEUMS and art centers,
giving celebration speeches, talks about Leonardo’s multi
faceted, multi disciplinary art life, or general talks about
the revolutionary spirit of modern and contemporary art worlds.
VISITS TO PRISONS: Or children prisons or rehabilitation
centers are a good target for visiting and introducing friendship,
solidarity and brotherhood of the power of art in the kindest
way to people in need of warmth.
BOOK SALES POINTS IN THE STREETS ON THE WAD WEEK END:
Is something we have experienced and done in major streets with
a good success and turnover. Museum bookstores and art or general
bookstores thus have been able to reach audiences that normally
don’t go to bookstores.
CONCERTS/HAPPENINGS: Of course one of the best possible
ways is to cooperate with Municipalities for larger events including
street festivals/happenings/dances/rock or classical music concerts
IDEAS: Dear friends, we trust you and we know that
you can come up with great innovative ideas that you will want
to share with us and the whole world. Please think and inform
your us, there will always be the next better idea!
WHATVER YOU DO, PLEASE DOCUMENT IT! Take photos films; place
them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, any social media with
#worldartday #worldartday17 #aiap #iaa AND SEND THEM PLEASE
TO US. So that we can place them on our websites and spread
internationally the information, grow the universal awareness.
Please send all materials, links, images, pictures, films to
forward to hear from all of you, wishing you all our best in
this coming spring, which I hope, will be beautiful!
IAA -Official partner of UNESCO
IAA artists from all over the World,
Dear friends and colleagues,
As we are ending a very tormented year again, I am addressing
you from a part of the world that is unfortunately under constant
turmoil or terrorist attacks. This was not the world we had expected
in the 21st century, and we have to face this sad dramatic truth,
which is hitting us everyday. Not just the near or the Middle
East, but also so many different areas of the world are going
through heavy dramas and a re suffering losses. We remember intensely
the last 18 months where Paris, Nice, Brussels, Istanbul, Ankara,
Berlin, Diyarbakir, USA hit by waves of attacks, while in the
middle-east Syria and especially Haleppo have been almost totally
devastated. The problems of the refugees are becoming major and
primary concerns for every human being or country that carries
a heart. These are definitely issues we have to talk about, discuss
in depth and eventually raise projects around.
In those unfortunate moments of tension and grief we must still
look to the future with hope and solidarity. We must believe that
art and creativity will really help keeping the flame of humanity
alive: the show must go on...
We have had an intense year here at the President's Office, with
important travelings done to several places of the globe, the
USA where in Los Angeles and Mexico City World Art Day has been
celebrated in very wide organizations, Tunisia where we met with
several North African and Arab countries artists and art associations,
and finally Korea where we had an international art festival at
Suncheon with IAA artists as well as Korean colleagues. It was
a very successful meeting. We thank you for all your collaborations...
is one last thing I must remind you with your permission: We are
four months ahead of World Art Day. We will stay in touch on this
issue also of course. But please make a note that you should already
plan your timing to find sponsors for shows or celebration dinners,
you should prepare exhibitions, spread the use of the logo in
the galleries and museums for April 2017, prepare panel discussions,
events, children activities etc. I advise you to organize a much
broader committee of WAD organization and not just your NC.
All the members of our Executive Committee, Anne Pourny, Marta
Mabel Perez, Franklyn King Glover, CHO Hang-Hoong, Pavol Kral,
Dolores Ortiz, Maria Moroz, Ryoji Ikeda, Katarina Jönsson
Norling, Christos Symeonides and myself, we wish you all a merry
xmas and a very happy new year, far better than 2016!
We have to hope still for the best, even if the language of the
clouds has been telling us something different!
With best wishes, hugs and solidarity!
IAA -Official partner of UNESCO
friends and Colleagues,
hope you are all starting to boil with energy in our Northern
hemisphere as spring is coming in. As you know well, spring has
had another meaning for us in the last 5 years: April 15 has been
celebrated as World Art Day since 2011. As IAA, we had unanimously
accepted the proposal of Turkey in Guadalajara to celebrate the
birthday of Leonardo da Vinci as World Art Day (WAD).
As I had reminded you in President’s letter no.4 about WAD,
this year we will celebrate it with a greater enthusiasm.
The whole world should find out about WAD little by little, so
that the importance and value attached to art.
WAD aims to prove the solidarity and brotherhood among artists
for freedom of speech, democracy and artist’s rights, all
together simultaneously during the week of WAD.
kindly would like to ask you two special favors: The first one,
please celebrate each others World Art Day, as densely as you
would celebrate new year or Christmas; on that day, World Art
Day must become trend topic and people who would not know what
is WAD, on that day should become extremely curious and should
try to find out what these three letters mean together. So please
remind all your artist friends to use WAD and World Art Day logo
and hashtags (#WorldArtDay #WorldArtDay'16 #WAD #WAD'16) everywhere
in the social media, websites, banners etc. Of course they are
also welcome to have real banners handy, if they want to place
'happy World Art Day' as banners & posters in front of their
house and studio. It goes for you and me!
Number two, please inform us from all over the world, about all
the activities you do about WAD! May it be happenings, or conferences,
or exhibitions, or installations, please send us all the best
photos you can take from those them on our main we will place
them on Facebook thanks to Öykü…
By doing so we will stay in tune with each other and we will be
more and more happy to discover thanks to all of us that the weight
and exposure of IAA is spreading fast in our planet.
This year during the WAD week, I will be the first in Los Angeles
where the Downtown Art Walk is preparing several events for celebrating
WAD. They are doing such a great job that we hope it will serve
as an example for all the galleries around the world, besides
our artists associations.
staying in LA during April 9-14, I will be in Mexico City where
I will celebrate WAD together with our Mexican Association ARTAC
members and our dear ex-president Rosa Maria Burillo Velasco at
the Jose Luis Cuevas Museum in Mexico City, during April 15-17.
I will return to Istanbul after few days in SFO and participate
to few last events of the Turkish WAD.
So, dear National Committees, dear friends and colleagues,
I am looking forward to hear from you all, receive all the good
news from our 'hot' April day coming soon… One last thing
though: Don’t let anybody ruin your expectations and feelings
when bombs are exploding on the surface of our planet. Don’t
forget that the show must go on at any price! Without that line,
the terrorists of the world would achieve much more damage to
the thinking zone of the world…
With all my best regards and love to all of you.
Baykam | Turkey
IAA/AIAP – Official partner of UNESCO
del Presidente -4: Día Mundial del Arte, leer
de prensa sobre Ashraf Fayadh, 7 de Diciembre 2015
Baykam, Presidente Mundial de la IAA/AIAP, ONG asociada a la UNESCO.
Ofrecio el dia de hoy una conferencia de prensa en el Centro de
Arte Piramid Sanat, en Estambul, Turquia. Sobre el poeta y artista
Ashraf Fayadh, quien ha sido sentenciado a muerte en Arabia Saudita.
Participaron: El presidente en Turquia de la AICA Evrim Altug;
Ataol Behramoglu y Orham Aydin, portavoces de Iniciativa de Artistas;
Halol Ibrahim Ozcam, representante turco de Pen; el representante
del sindicato de escritores, Aba Müslüm Celik; Inan
Dagdelem, representante de Sodev; Erhan Yazicioglu, representante
de actores de teatro; Jennifer Clement, Presidente de Pen Internacional,
quien envio un comunicado de solidaridad a la IAA y a las asociaciones
de artistas y escritores turcos.
del Presidente -3
friends and colleagues from all over the world,
it has been 45 days since our GA was held in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
We are already in the intense art season in these last weeks of
weeks ago, I came together with our webteam, to work on a new
page design and we hope to finalize this soon. We took some nice
decisions and this new page might bring you a more clear and transparent
vision about what’s happening in the IAA World.
talking about our website, we must remind you that the most difficult
issue, is not to open a website, but it’s to keep that site
alive with a constant flux of news images. So we kindly ask you
to do your best in sending us your best selection of photos together
with the most interesting and relevant news… Those might
be issues of artistic, social clash, any censorship give links
to each country’s own website.
you know also, our main concern now is to save the life of Ashraf
Fayadh who is an artist writer condemned to death in Saudi Arabia.
We have already sent you a statement with an open call for action
to the world’s art community. Please keep this issue as
your centre of attention until Fayadh is freed! Please vote actively
to save his life through this link (you can find this link and
support him in our Facebook page):
other concern is to make the best possible use of Facebook, Twitter
and Instagram. Ms. Oyku Eras, who is the General Assistant of
the President’s office in Istanbul, will do her best to
moderate the IAA social media. She has already sent you a detailed
email about that. Her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org .
As you know, she is also conducting our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/iaa.aiap.world
her your exhibition or life comments, news, studio or artworks
as well as any joke or travel suggestions. You can follow me Twitter
too, in order to keep short news and dialogue alive, as free as
birds would do it!
I have a personal twitter account have over 182.000 followers,
which you are welcome to follow if you want, we will open a fresh
account for our mutual shares, starting from point 0. The other
one is my ongoing dialogue mostly with Turks! So you are welcome
to follow our new twitter account @IaaWorld
and start our dialogue and retweet our shares.
'President’s letter number 4' will be about WAD next week.
you all the best,
IAA/AIAP – Official partner of UNESCO
de la Asociación Internacional de Arte,
IAA/AIAP - ong asociada a la UNESCO,
a la comunidad mundial de arte
is an open letter to the world’s art community for asking
their solidarity about Ashraf Fayadh, the Saudi born Palestinian
writer, artist and curator whom a Saudi Court has sentenced to
death on November 17, 2015.
has been accused first of insulting religion or preaching atheism
in 2013. When in 2014 he was arrested, police failed to prove
his atheist propaganda, he was then being berated for 'smoking
and having long hair'. Although Fayadh told the court about his
innocence concerning the accusations of atheism and his attachment
to God, the pressure of the religious police on the Saudi court
has been effective. He was even accused of 'having had relationships
with women' although he explained that the women were artist friends
and photos on his phone, some of which were posted on Instagram,
were taken during Jeddah art week (Saudi Arabia’s most important
contemporary art event).
Please sign the petition here below, to show your solidarity with
Ashraf Fayadh in order to stop his execution and free him.
also ask the world press to place a growing pressure upon this
crucial subject in order to raise the consciousness of the general
public opinion in every country. It is precisely a matter of 'life
or death' to give open support to Ashraf Fayadh in this extremely
urgent and important matter. We hope to receive your contribution
as soon as possible. Also please send us your remarks and contributions
to IAA Facebook page: www.facebook.com/iaa.aiap.world
IAA/AIAP – Official partner of UNESCO
Pourny | France Vice President
Marta Mabel Perez | Puerto Rico Treasurer
Franklyn King Glover | Ghana Africa Coordinator
CHO Hang-Hoong | Korea Asia Coordinator
Pavol Kral | Slovakia Europe Coordinator
Dolores Ortiz | Mexico Latin America Coordinator
Maria Moroz | Poland
Ryoji Ikeda | Japan
Katarina Jönsson Norling | Sweden
Christos Symeonides | Cyprus
del presidente en la reunión regional de Latinoamerica
y el Caribe en Costa Rica,
19 de Noviembre 2015, leer
del presidente sobre los ataques en Paris, Noviembre 2015
friends and colleagues,
with great shock and sadness that we have received the news of
the random street massacres in Paris. Our pain is endless and
we are looking forward to hear from Anne Pourny, our Vice-President
of IAA/AIAP that none of our members are hurt. On the other hand,
even that would never be a consolation to us since every citizen
of the world is our sister or brother.
Unfortunately all the ethnic or religious fundamentalist terrorist
groups are more dangerous than one another. The world instead
of seeing the technological space era in the 2000’s has
seen the middle Ages.
Fundamentalist terrorism should never become a shield for saving
a field of action for terrorists. The right to live, the democratic
right to chose one’s own life style, the right to express
one’s self in artistic or written form, are, as untouchable
as the religious citizens religious rights.
We send our warmest and deepest feeling of solidarity and sympathy
to all France and we send our condolences to all the families
of the lost ones from whichever country they might be… We
share their extreme agony and sadness. Of course, the same goes
for all the families that have been the target of ISIS and all
other terrorist groups in Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey or Iraq.
IAA/AIAP as usual will do its outmost in order to try to help
the atmosphere of peace to come back after this catastrophic turmoil
in the capital of France.
to have better subjects to discuss in the near future,
IAA/AIAP – Official partner of UNESCO
del Presidente, Octubre 2015, leer