FROM THE PRESIDENT 2020 NUMBER 3
National Committees, dear Presidents, dear fellow artists,
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.
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.
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:
of the Year;
Artist of the Year;
Professional of the Year (among non-artists);
Media Professional of the Year (Writer/critic/editor-in-Chief);
institution of the Year (Foundation/Cultural Center/Museum
of the Year).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AIAP/IAA World President
FROM THE PRESIDENT 2020 NUMBER 2
National Committees, dear artist friends,
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,
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. »
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:
Thanks so much.
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).
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.
hope that soon black days will be over my dear friends.
BE EXTRA CAREFUL
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.
our best and sincere regards to all of you, with all our solidarity
to you fellows’ artists and your dear families.
AIAP/IAA World President
FROM THE PRESIDENT 2020 NUMBER 1
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.
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.
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
Please, don't forget to send us all your plans, achievements,
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
a great World Art Day and enjoy it tremendously. Best wishes to
you for a beautiful spring...
AIAP/IAA, Official partner of UNESCO
FROM THE PRESIDENT FOR WORLD ART DAY 2019
Dear National Committees, dear fellow artists and art lover friends,
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!
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!
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:
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!
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
art be your most friendly and effective weapon in life, in this
all our best wishes
IAA -Official partner of UNESCO
Mundial del Arte 2018, mensaje del Presidente
miembros del Comité Nacional IAA, amigos artistas y Amantes
del arte de todo el mundo,
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
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
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.
IAA-Socio oficial de la UNESCO
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 email@example.com .
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
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Pourny | France Vice President
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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