2018 WAD message from the President
Dear IAA National Committee members, artist friends and Art lovers
from all over the world,
we are again on those beautiful spring days that are now the eternal
host of our World Art Day, April 15! Life does not flow easily
in these times, in different parts of the globe. Unfortunately,
more and more war tensions surround us in various frontier zones.
Terror, killings, threats, bombs or clashes, polemics, haunt us
and enter our lives on regular basis. Watching the news becomes
a burden in very many countries.
is our haven, our meeting point for struggling against all these
depressing issues. As I recently said in Puerto Rico, in a conference
I gave at the University of Puerto Rico, 'Art is our pacifist
weapon'. We only have our brushes and poems, and words, and sprays,
and ideas, and inks, and stories and logic and rhetoric to bring
universal peace to this tiring world. And we don’t want,
their arms and armies and nuclear threats. This life is too important
to waste with those shameful tools of aggression!
don’t want the world to smell pain and blood; we want the
world to smell art, to smell paint, to smell green grass…
World Art Day is our common child. It has a beautiful naivety
and calls for a global sisterhood/ brotherhood around the world
through art. Please send us all the information about your World
Art Day activities, send us your program, your festivities, your
photos, your publications, we will be more than happy to place
them on our social media and website.
As the World
Executive Committee of IAA and myself, we congratulate you full
heartedly for WAD 2018 and we wish you the best of health, success,
happiness, and freedom with all our solidarity.
IAA -Official partner of UNESCO
WISHES FROM THE PRESIDENT AND THE WORLD EC
Dear IAA members,
Dear art lover friends from all over the world.
May this email find you and your family in perfect health and
As the year
is coming to an end, and as the thought of Santa Claus is warning
up our north hemisphere's cold days, together with all the member
of my Executive Committee, we would like to express our best wishes
to all of you for Christmas and the New Year. No matter to which
country or religion we belong, what counts is our common good
thoughts and dreams in this spinning good old planet!
We hope that
2018, will be much more peaceful, without terror, without useless
clashes between countries and with much more responsibility felt
by our globe's citizens regarding ecology and the balances of
this planet we share with our best friends, the animals.
We also hope
the art world is going to be a much more open platform with more
and more countries involved, with more dialogues, less hegemony
and more participation of the masses in art exhibitions.
The last but not the least, we want to wish you a very healthy
and happy New Year, with very many successes, new sparkling art
works and beautiful events and exhibitions!
We will be
happy if you share our message with all your fellow artists in
your National Committee and your website.
IAA -Official partner of UNESCO
Pavol Kral, Slovakia
Marta Mabel Perez, Puerto Rico
Christos Symeonides, Cyprus
Katarina Jönsson Norling, Sweden
Ryoji Ikeda, Japan
Dolores Ortiz, Latin America
Franklyn King Glover, Ghana
Maria Moroz, Poland
CHO, Kang-Hoon, South Korea
Francis Desiderio, Belgium
Marta Yglesias Piza, Costa Rica
FROM THE PRESIDENT NUMBER 8
National Committee members from the world, dear world IAA artists,
I wish to all of you, a great new art season with this September,
that has ended all our summer peacefulness in the northern hemisphere,
while I wish the most beautiful spring days to our friends in
the southern hemisphere.
THE AMENDMENTS TO THE STATUTES
You have all received the Statutes amendments few days ago. I
would like you to know that these new clauses for the statutes
are the results of very long works and discussions over the table
and online. We aimed to open our doors and hearts to more persons
from the art world. It always had felt bad that we couldn’t
take as member artists that didn’t have National Committees
in their countries. Writing them those refusal letters was so
disappointing for them as well as for us that we decided to make
a move in the statutes.
second change also has come for two separate reasons. One of them
was because we also have many non-artist historians, museum people,
and or curators who wanted to become members of IAA. We wanted
to find a way to include them without changing the fact that IAA
would stay only as an artist association, always run and directed
by professional artists. The second reason is that in several
NCs around the world, we have already member friends that are
not directly 'professional artists'. So we wanted to legalize
them. I guess we have done a good job for this middle of the way
arrangements. Let’s hope that it will contribute to the
emancipation of the international friendships in dialogues all
over the world, which will end up in growing synergy among all
of us on the larger scale.
THE IAA HAS TO STAY STRONG AND IN SOLIDARITY
Why do we need to be stronger and more numerous around the world?
Why must we stay in touch with so many colleagues from around
the world who are even in different positions, working in their
studios, or in museums or in universities? Because, as you all
know again very well, our world has been going towards very wrong
directions may it be politically in regards of democracy and freedom
of speech or may it be in regards to ecology and the protection
of nature with its forests and oceans and wildlife. It is unbelievable
that the United States under Trump has chosen to make abstraction
of the concept of protection of nature. Even our friends who live
in developed European nations should know that there are more
threats then just wild terrorism and we should all be aware so
that we don’t take anything for granted even in these harder
days that we are living in.
WORLD ART DAY
World Art Day (WAD) has been celebrated again in many countries
around the world. One way to make sure that next year each of
us will do a better job is to start the preparations much ahead
of time, is to take appointments from different art centers, museums,
and especially municipalities in order to take them into this
game of art celebration mingled with a worthy public relation
for them. Creating the atmosphere that will blend all art forms
and create new friendships, institutionally as well as individually,
will also provoke more visibility, more press relations, more
projects… The reason I am telling you all these things much
ahead of April 2018, is to make sure that you will not be late
for any project proposal to nobody, doesn’t matter small
THE IAA CARD SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN TO NON-MEMBERS
Dear friends from every NC and especially all NC presidents, there
is one more thing that I will kindly ask all of you to comply
with. Please do not let anybody, who is not a member of IAA, get
the IAA card through our/your association. Not only it’s
illegal and unfair for all the others, but also it’s illogical
and even absurd. Somebody who is not a professional of the art
scene, who is not a member of IAA, has nothing to do with the
IAA card. Unfortunately there has been some obvious misunderstandings
that made at some countries, we have seen and heard, gave out
many cards to non-members or to members that only of National
Associations without the IAA extension. This would create such
a big confusion within the main body of IAA that we don’t
want to think about. So please from now on make sure that every
person you give an IAA card, with the mention 'official partner
of UNESCO' is a member professional artist, a person worth in
the arts scene. Please don’t undersign such a mistake that
would be also illegal towards IAA and towards UNESCO as well.
THE LAST, BUT NOT THE LEAST!
Dear NCs and dear artist friends… I wish I did not have
to tell you that - but I must -you have to remember that the IAA
has been existing for almost 70 years only through the contributions
of National Committees from around the world. Unfortunately in
the last years, mostly European National Committees have been
paying their fees regularly whereas we have had problems getting
the yearly payments of several of our National Committees from
Latin America, Africa, Arab countries and so on... Please understand
that it’s extremely important that these fees should be
paid regularly by every NC, otherwise we would be unfair to our
friends who pay their fees. On top of that, IAA World would be
facing serious financial problems. I am sure, you don’t
ALSO… Dear friends,
In order for all the NCs to be able to pay their yearly fee to
the headquarters of IAA, you must remember that your NCs, can
only pay their fees if you keep paying your yearly fee to your
own National Committee as an artist. You see it’s very simple:
If throughout the year you put aside, just tiny percentages of
your pocket money or salary aside, in order to pay your fee to
your National Committee, then things will happen more easily.
If everybody proceeds like this, then it’s really not much
heavy for your monthly budget, but if you don’t pay your
fees yearly, it accumulates and anything that accumulates becomes
a big burden. Where in Turkey, we have developed a system where
artists can pay their fees to the National Committee by dividing
their accumulated debt in four or five installments through the
bank and their credit card. Then no matter what is the accumulated
amount of debts, the wheel will still be rolling. We believe it’s
a good solution. Also one more thing: we recommend to make arrangements
and small contracts with various businesses that would give 5%
or 10% discounts or even 3% discount to the card holders of IAA.
That would also accelerate many payments and would generate new
memberships. Trust me that this 'last but not least' paragraph
was added because we want to preserve you as an artist, as a National
Committee, as a friend in the body of a IAA.
That’s all for now dear friends, please let’s accelerate
the dialogues and flux of information among each other,
Look forward to hear from each of you,
All my best,
IAA -Official partner of 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
IAA-WORLD EXECUTIVE-COMMITTEE HELD IN ISTANBUL
THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
World Executive-Committee of IAA, is being held today and tomorrow,
8th and 9th of March in Istanbul, the hometown of World-President
present at the meeting: Bedri Baykam/ World-President, Turkey;
Anne Pourny/ Vice-President, France; Franklyn Glover/ Africa-Coordinator,
Ghana; Marta Mabel Perez/ Treasurer, Puerto Rico; Dolores Ortiz/
Latin-America Coordinator, Mexico; Andrea Kozarova/ Observer,
Slovakia; Cho Kanghoon/ Asia-Coordinator, Korea; Jung Jun/ Delegate,
Korea, Öykü Eras/ Executive-Assistant to the World President,
Turkey; Tijen Sikar/ Observer, General-Secretary of UPSD Turkish
IAA-World Executive-Commitee celebrates International Women's
Day and we want to affirm our solidarity with all women of the
world for their equal rights. We will fight in every possible
manner all violence conducted against women and we will do our
best to be their voice all over the world.
read here a statement written today by our African Regional-Coordinator
Franklyn Glover who voices our feelings:
all our women on this special day:
you be respected and honoured at the city gate because of your
you have divine flavor that will bring awesome taste into bitter
lives of many women who are been abused in several ways by society.
you be empowered to impact lives within the spaces you find yourselves
to make the world a better place to live.
International Women's Day, Congratulations!
from the President -4: about World Art Day (WAD), read
conference about Ashraf Fayadh, 7 December 2015
Official Partner of Unesco, World President Bedri Baykam, held
today a press conference in Istanbul at the Piramid art center
about the poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh who had been sentenced
to death in Saudi Arabia. Participated: AICA Turkey President
Evrim Altug, Artists Initiative Spokesmen Ataol Behramoglu and
Orhan Aydin, Pen Turkey representant Halil Ibrahim Ozcan, Turkey
Writer's Syndicate representant Aba Müslüm Celik, Sodev
representant Inan Dagdelen, Theatre Actors representant Erhan
Yazicioglu and several writers and artists. Also Miss Jennifer
Clement, President of Pen international, sent a statement to the
press conference in solidarity with IAA and the Turkish artists
and writers associations.
from the President -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
LETTER FROM INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ART
IAA/AIAP – OFFICIAL PARTNER OF UNESCO
TO THE WORLD’S ART COMMUNITY
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
from the president at the regional meeting in Latin America and
the Caribbean in Costa Rica, 19th November 2015, read
from the President about the Paris attacks, November 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
from the President, October 2015, read