Cartas del Presidente

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT 2020 NUMBER 3

Dear National Committees, dear Presidents, dear fellow artists,

As I told you in my last letter, because of the corona times that brought us a worldwide black out we decided all together to make our celebrations online.

Today I want to tell you something as an experience we have had here in Turkey for the past eight years and I will tell you about it as the President of UPSD, the Turkish National Committee.

Starting with 2012, the first year of celebration of World Art Day, we have started distributing awards in the Turkish art world. We wanted everybody in the art world to feel the importance and the value we give to art and artists. Those awards were given in the following fields of the arts:

  • Artist of the Year;
  • Emerging Artist of the Year;
  • Art Professional of the Year (among non-artists);
  • Art Media Professional of the Year (Writer/critic/editor-in-Chief);
  • Art institution of the Year (Foundation/Cultural Center/Museum of the Year).

I must confess that those moments of award distributions have been extremely touching, fulfilling and rewarding moments, for everybody those getting the awards as well as those giving it to them. Art awards, stimulate the art world, become standards that triggers an expectation year long in that country’s art community.

So in this important and unfortunate year when we were supposed to celebrate for the first time World Art Day officially all over the world, had this coronavirus not intervened, I will humbly advise every National Committee to get together and decide for themselves on whether they would hold these awards yearly in their country starting from this unforgettable year in every sense. That would add a meaning to 15th of April 2020 that has been unfortunately almost cut off from the calendar of our lives timeline… With the World Art Day spirit, we must add strength, confidence and belief to the world, from our perspective.

There is one more important information here that I should add to my suggestion: The Turkish national committee UPSD’s executive board has decided this year that those awards should be entitled not just 'World Art Day Awards', but 'World Art Day/Titanic’s Wallace Hartley Band' awards. At this point you should be intrigued about what does Titanic’s music band have to do with all that story and who is Wallace Hartley.

Everybody knows that the infamous Titanic transatlantic liner has sunk in 1912 in the Atlantic Ocean on its way to New York, on one cold spring night. Also, almost everybody knows that the orchestra of the transit line seats kept playing music during the two and a half hours after the boat hit the iceberg until it sank. This was the ever most striking art performance and decisiveness shown by any group of art performers in the history of art. They knew they were about to die, panic was all around them with people screaming, crying, hurting each other yet all they did was perform their creative profession until the very last moment, keep playing and singing their last song being most likely “Nearer my God to Thee”. There was a total of eight musicians in the Wallace Hartley Band, and their behavior was an exemplary courage and devotion to art and to their profession shown in the most desperate moment one can ever encounter in life. In other words, they were the most exemplary came to life version of the most famous artistic line in the world, “the show must go on”. We have to accept that nobody can match the performance of the Wallace Hartley band, no matter what field, no other artist or performer can claim to be a rival to that level of devotion and determination. Wallace Hartley’s body was found dead in the ocean by the boats and his music case was still strapped to his body. More than 40,000 people attended his funeral in his hometown Colne Lancashire in England and his bust was erected for his memory.

Besides this unforgettable example of carrying beautifully in history, this magic line 'The show must go on' (no matter which war, no matter what kind of bad situation, no matter the level of the economic crisis), there is a second reason regarding why linking the story of the Wallace Hartley Band to World Art Day: This disastrous sinking of the Titanic as well as this unforgettable final music performance was lived on April 15, on the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci and on a future date of World Art Day.

So dear National Committees, you have 17 days to get together (maybe online) and decide on this suggestion. Since this year you cannot hold anyway a party of any kind, if you decide to nominate and decorate with your awards some artistic names from the art scene, you can make your decision public and you can inform those awarded names and you can wait until the agenda comes back to normal, hopefully after we will get rid of those dark coronavirus days for the celebration and distribution of merits.

Please feel free to write back and inquire more information or brainstorm on this issue, and needless to say this is not at all an obligation of course; it’s up to your national committee to decide, to take or to leave this shared information and proposal. If anybody should tell you: "Well, in these coronavirus days, do you think this is the right thing to do?", you can always answer: "None of us can be in a worser position then the Wallace Hartley Band members on that terrible night of April 15, 1912", which now has a chance to immortalize itself forever by world artists acknowledging this dramatic and beautiful coupling of the most noble proof of devotion to the arts! Also showing our involvement and respect to the arts in these dark and even black days, will be a proof to the whole world about the deep meaning of the unsinkable relations between art and artists. The fact that the same date of April 15 pops up again within this story is more than a coincidence something that really mesmerizers us and keeps our breath in silence and respect.

But of course, you can take the decision to give out awards and call those 'World Art Day awards', as you want, or chose to give awards in 1 or 3 or 5 or different categories, OR as we said in the beginning, you can chose not to give awards at all. This is totally your National Committees decision.

We will be very careful with ourselves, with our families, our friends but we shall survive this dark tunnel together with belief. Wish you the best of luck in our common fight within those hard times and wish you the best of health to you and your family, as well as your friends and colleagues.

Bedri Baykam
AIAP/IAA World President

 

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT 2020 NUMBER 2

Dear National Committees, dear artist friends,

Fortunately, I am writing this e-mail to you in the very dramatic conditions that you know so well and that you are going through as well. As you know well, the coronavirus has invaded our lives and the world's health, economy, as well as everybody's plans in the world. We are like in the midst of a Hollywood thriller horror movie! Don't need to explain you the quarantines, the canceled flights all over the world and the raising death toll. Nobody knows how long this situation will last. Some say any few months, some say August or September … The unexpected attack of the virus on our planet's life has had two immediate consequences for us, AIAP/IAA:

THE FIRST ONE IS REGARDING WORLD ART DAY CELEBRATIONS about which I had written to you few weeks ago. As we know we will not be able to do open celebrations, any panel discussions, any conferences, any art show, any happening, any music performance in the street, for this first official International UNESCO Day celebration of World Art Day... Needless to explain why. So, here is what we will do: we will each/all prepare all social medias and online celebration posts that we will start spreading three days before April 15 and that will last five days, 12-17. Overall with a concentration of posts by hopefully each one of us on April 15 that should reach a world peak. We will kindly ask you to make all those preparations long before to have ready postings. As you know, from example, Ibrahim Spahic, from Bosnia Herzegovinia has communicated to us their project « Art communication and only/isolation »: « It enables artists to share from now until WAD their short documentary films, videos, performances, dance and ballet steps, as well as messages of wisdom, love, compassion and solidarity with everyone facing isolation. This is a typical joint project that serves all parties, artists, art lovers, that have been shared by all of you. »

ALSO PLEASE DO NOT FORGET: I kindly asked you all of you to send us potential documents, photos, and archive materials for a book we are preparing regarding the nine years old history of World Art Day. Please, send those to us in the next 10 days to: oyku.piramid@gmail.com
Thanks so much.

THE SECOND ONE IS REGARDING OUR WORLD GENERAL ASSEMBLY that we were hoping to schedule for June 2020, this year. Again, we don't need to tell each other why this is not possible any longer with all the long distances flights in the midst of this world traveling which has become impossible due to the closed borders/frontiers, canceled airline flights and new restrictions coming every day. So, we will follow closely all those developments and use hoping to be able to prepare a General Assembly earliest in fall of 2020. (We must be able to tell you for sure and concretely at least three months ahead of detailed datas about the General Assembly, the exact days, location, hotels, and everything. So, if in June, the world is over that crisis then we will be able to schedule that sine die, hoping for this coming fall, if not, we will only be able to hope for the best and wait some more, until due time).

Nevertheless, to allow the Presidency and the Secretariat to prepare this General Assembly, I kindly ask you to mail us, before May 15 (deadline) your activity report, (preferably year per year, if you can) for 2015-2020. This report should present a special attachment devoted to all the activities you organized for the UNESCO priorities: Condition of the Artist, climate, water, Human Rights, women, sustainable development, health, peace, etc.

We hope that soon black days will be over my dear friends.

PLEASE BE EXTRA CAREFUL

Send you the best wishes of our World Executive Committee and we ask you insistently to be very careful for all the health requirements to fight against the virus, no handshakes, no crowed places, but keep your moral and spirit high! Please, obey to all health disciplines that WHO (World Health Organization) or your Ministry to Health will be asking from you. Let's stay home or just move safely between your home and the studio/work place, let's trust each other that we'll overcome this drama as well, by our common good sense and understanding. Because before anybody and most of everything, we, artists, know that « the show must go on », we will be very careful without ever losing our creative spirit and positive thinking.

All our best and sincere regards to all of you, with all our solidarity to you fellows’ artists and your dear families.

Bedri BAYKAM
AIAP/IAA World President

 

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT 2020 NUMBER 1

Dear National Committees,

Although I am sure you already did your best preparations, I still want to remind you about this coming World Art Day. This will be our first year of official celebration after UNESCO has declared April 15th, World Art Day as one of the Unesco World Days.

https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/international-days
https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000371940/PDF/371940eng.multi.page=16

So, in order to be successful, we advise you to talk to museums officials, to municipalities, to Ministry of Culture bureaucrates, to foundations, to UNESCO representing officials within your country, and every other person or institution that you might think as relevant. Also, it will be a good idea to prepare activities in many different levels, with kids, with universities, with NGOs, with young galleries. Also please, don't forget also the option to cooperate with other creators like writers, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, poets. It is very important also that the press be made aware of the concrete declaration of World Art Day as well as its past story which is already 9 years old, embedded in the history of AIAP/IAA.

Please, also don't neglect the idea of documenting each one of your activities. Our website will need all those datas more than any other year ! So, please, also ask professional photographers and filmmakers you can.
Please, don't forget to send us all your plans, achievements, images...

ALSO WE NEED YOUR PAST DATAS/ IMAGES/ INFOS.
Yes, we need all these forms because we are planning to prepare a book about the official launching of WAD.
Since it is always safer to double check, we will kindly ask you to send to this mail address, all past photos/ PDFs/ news about all your past WAD celebrations, since 2012, to: oyku.piramid@gmail.com.

Soon, you will be hearing from us about the general Assembly, in June 2020. That will be all for now. Look forward to meet you all at the GA.

Prepare a great World Art Day and enjoy it tremendously. Best wishes to you for a beautiful spring...

Bedri Baykam

World President
AIAP/IAA, Official partner of UNESCO

 

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT FOR WORLD ART DAY 2019

Dear National Committees, dear fellow artists and art lover friends,

On behalf of our World Executive Committee and myself, I would like to express all my best wishes to each of you and your friends, a very happy World Art Day!

May art enlighten most of your moments, help you in all your difficult moments, also most important of all, may art help overcome all prejudices around the world, all racisms, all wars, with the solidarity and friendship it creates among nations and people of the earth!

We want to kindly ask you not to forget to send to each to the addresses below, as soon as possible, all your activities programs photographs videos and other notes regarding everything you scheduled for today or this week:

iaa.aiap.oykueras@gmail.com
iaa.aiap@gmail.com
iaa.aiapworldpresident@yahoo.com

We want to be enriched by your accounts of your activities, your stories, your ideas, your slogans!
Let’s please never forget that our communication and solidarity is our most important strength and wealth In this world where artists find themselves often neglected in very many countries...
We believe it’s our duty to change the world for the better of our future generations!

And the last but not the least,
We wish a happy birthday to Leonardo da Vinci for 2019 that marks the 500th year of his passage to infinity. His versatile brain working in so many different directions and dimensions will always remain an inspiration source and example for all of us today and tomorrow!

May art be your most friendly and effective weapon in life, in this world!

With all our best wishes

Bedri Baykam

World President
IAA -Official partner of UNESCO

 

Día Mundial del Arte 2018, mensaje del Presidente

Estimados miembros del Comité Nacional IAA, amigos artistas y Amantes del arte de todo el mundo,

¡Aquí estamos nuevamente en esos hermosos días de primavera que son ahora el eterno anfitrión de nuestro Día Mundial del Arte, 15 de abril! La vida no fluye fácilmente en estos tiempos, en diferentes partes del mundo. Desafortunadamente, más y más tensiones de guerra nos rodean en varias zonas fronterizas. El terror, los asesinatos, las amenazas, las bombas o los enfrentamientos, las polémicas, nos atormentan y entran en nuestras vidas de forma regular. Ver las noticias se convierte en una carga en muchos países.

El arte es nuestro refugio, nuestro punto de encuentro para luchar contra todos estos problemas deprimentes. Como dije recientemente en Puerto Rico, en una conferencia que impartí en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 'El arte es nuestro arma pacifista'. Solo tenemos nuestros pinceles, poemas, palabras, aerosoles, ideas, tintas, historias, lógica y retórica para traer la paz universal a este mundo agotador. Y no queremos, sus armas y ejércitos y amenazas nucleares. ¡Esta vida es demasiado importante como para desperdiciarla con esas vergonzosas herramientas de agresión!

No queremos que el mundo huela dolor y sangre; queremos que el mundo huela arte, huela pintura, huela verde ... El Día Mundial del Arte es nuestro hijo común. Tiene una hermosa ingenuidad y exige una hermandad / hermandad mundial en todo el mundo a través del arte. Por favor envíenos toda la información sobre sus actividades del Día Mundial del Arte, envíenos su programa, sus festividades, sus fotos, sus publicaciones, estaremos más que felices de colocarlos en nuestras redes sociales y sitio web.

Como el Comité Ejecutivo Mundial de IAA y para mí, te felicitamos sinceramente por WAD 2018 y te deseamos la mejor salud, éxito, felicidad y libertad con toda nuestra solidaridad.

Bedri Baykam
Presidente Mundial
IAA-Socio oficial de la UNESCO

 

PRESIDENT’S LETTER NUMBER 7

Dear National Committees,

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.

WAD 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:

The honorary awards:

  • Artist of the Year;
  • Emerging Artist of the Year;
  • Art Professional of the Year (among non-artists);
  • Art Press Professional of the Year (Writer-critic-editor-in Chief);
  • Art 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.

SHOWS: 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;
  • Art from art academicians and teachers from all universities;
  • Art from Fine arts high schools/ teachers and their students;
  • Children art;
  • AND/OR OF COURSE: ANY MAJOR Artist, or art movements or conceptually curated various shows.

SPEECHES 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.

ART 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.

STREET 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 etc

OTHER 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!

DEAR FRIENDS,
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 iaa.aiap.oykueras@gmail.com and iaa.aiap@gmail.com

Look forward to hear from all of you, wishing you all our best in this coming spring, which I hope, will be beautiful!

Bedri Baykam
World President
IAA -Official partner of UNESCO

 

PRESIDENT’S LETTER NO.6

Dear 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...

There 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! 

 
Bedri Baykam

World President
IAA -Official partner of UNESCO

 

PRESIDENT’S LETTER NO.5

Dear friends and Colleagues,

I 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.

I 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.

After 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.

Sincerely,

Bedri Baykam | Turkey
World President
IAA/AIAP – Official partner of UNESCO

 

Cartas del Presidente -4: Día Mundial del Arte, leer aqui [PDF]

 

Conferencia de prensa sobre Ashraf Fayadh, 7 de Diciembre 2015

Bedri 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.

 

Cartas del Presidente -3

Dear friends and colleagues from all over the world,

Now 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 2015.

Few 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.

Meanwhile, 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.

As 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):

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Amnesty_international_Save_the_palestinian_poet_and_artist_Ashraf_Fayadh/?tEmeXjb

Our 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 iaa.aiap.oykueras@gmail.com . As you know, she is also conducting our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/iaa.aiap.world

Send 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!

Although 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.

My 'President’s letter number 4' will be about WAD next week.

Wishing you all the best,

Bedri Baykam
World President
IAA/AIAP – Official partner of UNESCO

 

Carta de la Asociación Internacional de Arte,
IAA/AIAP - ong asociada a la UNESCO,
a la comunidad mundial de arte

This 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.

Fayadh 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.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Amnesty_international_Save_the_palestinian_poet_and_artist_Ashraf_Fayadh/?wXKyneb

We 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

Sincerely,

Bedri Baykam
World President
IAA/AIAP – Official partner of UNESCO

Anne 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

 

Discurso del presidente en la reunión regional de Latinoamerica y el Caribe en Costa Rica,
19 de Noviembre 2015,
leer aqui [PDF]

 

Carta del presidente sobre los ataques en Paris, Noviembre 2015

Dear friends and colleagues,

It’s 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.

Hoping to have better subjects to discuss in the near future,

Your sincerely,

Bedri Baykam
World President
IAA/AIAP – Official partner of UNESCO

 

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