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:
To 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