Mireya Samper participates in Yalova Biennale
YALOVA BIENALI 2015 – Turkey
Opening reception: September 17 2 – 12 ׀ pm
Exhibition in Istanbul: September 18 – September 26, 2015.
Bakırköy Belediyesi, İspirtohane Kültür Merkezi 8 ׀.Kısım, Bakırköy/İstanbul – Avrupa
Exhibition in Yalova: September 30 – October 31, 2015.
Raif Dinçkök Kültür Merkezi – RDKM ׀ Şehit Ömer Faydalı Bulv. No 203, Yalova Merkez
Berlin artist group FLUSS organizes international art exhibition in Istanbul and Yalova. Mireya Samper is one of the participating artists.
Yalova/Istanbul/Berlin – From September 30th to October 31st, 2015, the Turkish city Yalova near Istanbul will be venue of the third edition of the international Yalova Bienali. As in the last two editions in 2010 and 2013, this year’s four-week art exhibition with the overall topic “People in Yalova” was initiated and organized by the Berlin artist group FLUSS under the direction of curator Asri Sayrac. The preview exhibition will be on display for a period of ten days in the Bakırköy Belediyesi arts centre in Istanbul where the grand opening takes place on September 17th. In the end of September the biennial will then be touring to the RDKM arts centre in Yalova.
“We aim to create cultural movement and – in the long run – establish Yalova as the Turkish capital of culture and art”, states painter and sculptor Asri Sayrac. Long-since the Berlin-based artist with Turkish and German citizenship and a studio located in the heart of Berlin-Kreuzberg champions for the arts functioning as a medium of international understanding and co-creating factor of socio-political development .
“Biennials, symposia and transnational exchange programs offer a great possibility of networking among artists. By working together closely, vibrant energies and new inspirations emerge”, says Sayrac . Over a period of four weeks, 31 male and female artists from 11 different countries will be living and working together in an artist camp crafting and producing unique artworks which will later be on display in the city’s cultural institute. The artist camp in the Turkish harbor town by the Marmara Sea is thereby the ideal location to develop freely and be creative. The artists’ backgrounds originate from a variety of diverse disciplines such as painting, sculpture, photography, video- or installation art.
The biennial – initiated in 2010 – enjoys increasing popularity both in Yalova as well as its organizational birthplace Berlin and has already been established as one of the most important cultural events in Turkey. The funding and financial means are generated by the city of Yalova under the special direction of mayor Vefa Salman and his secretary Dr. Özlem Salman Günalp. Additional to all traveling- and accommodation expenses, the city generously supplies working materials and organizes cultural trips for the artists. The educational program is organized by the Yalova Doğa Koleji which arranges guided school- and camp tours, concerts and discussion groups to support the cultural and scholary exchange between Turkish students and the participating artists. In return, the artists are responsible for setting up the exhibition, producing the exhibition catalogue and contributing to press- and public relations work.
The next edition of the Yalova Bienali will take place in summer 2017 in form of a traveling exhibition not solely being on display in Yalova and Istanbul but touring to other Turkish cities as well. “Apart from our expansion plans, the construction of a special biennial exhibition venue would certainly be the icing of the cake”, states Sayrac.
Mireya Samper (b. 1964) graduated with DNSEP (Diplome National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique) from Ecole d’Art de Luminy, Marseille 1993 after she studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts. As a creator of installations her work supersedes the identity as sculptor or painter, working parallel in two and three dimensions for museums or in-situ. With ease she creates poetical, minimal works that are either ephemeral or carved in stone. Pulling together prima matera into concepts of time and space her oeuvres create connections between the natural elements of water, light, wind, stone and consciousness.