Trip Amsterdam – Istanbul

Introduction meeting of the group

Platform Garanti
Platform Garanti Han, meet Vasif Kortun (director), Offices / Residency /Library, Istiklal Cad. No: 115A, Beyoglu, Istanbul, 34430, T: 90 212 293 23 61.
Located in the most vibrant area of Istanbul, Platform acts as a dynamic catalyst for the dissemination, research and practice of contemporary art in the city, and also provides a meeting point for exchange between contemporary artists, curators and critics. In addition, the center has become a cultural portal for the region; through our residency programme and other initiatives we work with countries where the structure for a contemporary art scene is forming, but where there are few arts institutions or funding structures to provide further support at this time.
Platform contains an archive of work by more than 140 artists from Turkey, the most comprehensive library of art publications in the city, the Istanbul Residency Program, and an exhibition space committed to exhibiting contemporary art from Turkey and abroad. Since the centre’s inauguration in late 2001 over 600,000 visitors have passed through our doors and we have organised 43 exhibitions, over 120 lectures, 4 major international conferences, and co-published 3 internationally distributed publications.
Our residency programme is currently supported by Dutch, Flemish, Swedish, Basque, Norwegian, Swiss, Greek, French, and Finnish national and regional funding bodies. With the support of a special three-year grant donated by the American Center Foundation, we were able to invite three artists from South East Europe, the South East Mediterranean and West Asia between 2004-2006. A grant from the Open Society Institute now offers artists from the Caucasus region the opportunity to spend two months in Istanbul. Also, through the Backyard Residency programme, a project under the SEE Mobility Project (Artists’ Residences in South East Europe), supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers we invited four artists from the countries of South East Europe between September 2006 and June 2007.

In December 2003, Platform was selected as one of the ten most interesting not-for-profit institutions to participate in Institution2, curated by Jens Hoffmann for KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, and in 2004 Platform was awarded the 50th Year Grant by the European Cultural Foundation for its contribution to local and regional culture. In 2004 and 2005 Platform acted as the key base for the development of the 9th International Istanbul Biennial and hosted six artists on its residency programme who went on to participate in the Biennial exhibition. In October 2006 Platform participated as one of two invited not-for-profit organizations with ‘collecting point’ in Frieze Projects at the Frieze Art Fair. Platform is one of the 15 international partners for the Seventh International Biennial exhibition of SITE Santa Fe, NM scheduled to run from June 22 through October 26, 2008.

Citytour with visits to:
Aya Sofya
Sultan Ahmet Mosque
(Blue Mosque)

BAS, meet Banu Cennetoğlu, Nuri Ziya Sokak No:7 Beyoglu Istanbul, +90.5555033847.
BAS has produced artist books including : Cevdet Erek , Asli Çavuşoğlu , Canan Şenol, Güneş Terkol , İnci Furni .

IKSV, meet Ms.Bige Orer (director of the Istanbul Biennial), Istanbul foundation for culture & Arts, Istiklal Caddesi No: 64 TR 34435 Beyoglu, Istanbul, T:(+90) 212 334 07 64|

Istanbul Modern Sanat Müzesi
Istanbul Modern Sanat Müzesi, meet Levent Çalıkoğlu (Chief curator) Meclis-i Mebusan Cad.
Liman İşletmeleri Sahası Antrepo No:4, 34433 Karaköy – İstanbul.

Istanbul Modern seeks to integrate the experience of Turkey’s artistic past, the dynamism of its present, and the cultivation of its cultural future. Istanbul Modern, the first private museum devoted to modern and contemporary art in Turkey, was founded in 2004 in order to promote wider enjoyment and understanding of modern art among the public. Located beside the Bosporus, the strait separating Europe from Asia, the museum brings together the Istanbul cityscape with the production of arts ranging from painting, sculpture, and photography to video and new media. The museum aims to collect, preserve, and exhibit modern and contemporary art and to provide a venue fostering the integration of the visual arts with the rich cultural spectrum of Turkey. Istanbul Modern’s collections, exhibits, and educational programs aim to foster active engagement in and love for the arts among an audience of all ages and segments of society. Relying on the principles of inclusion and harmony, and supporting the development of knowledgeable visitors through its emphasis on communication and education, it takes on the function of a mirror for society. As it strengthens the creative exchange between the art of Turkey and the West, it presents the artistic and cultural experience of our country to the world.
When Istanbul Modern opened its doors to the public on December 11, 2004, at the former customs warehouse Antrepo no. 4, this actually marked the culmination of a 17-year project. Despite the delay, Istanbul Modern emerged a true “innovator,” the first private museum devoted to modern and contemporary art founded in Turkey. In a country unaccustomed to museum visits, and where the already few existing museums displayed the inevitable shortcomings of publicly administered institutions; Istanbul Modern became the first museum to also function as a cultural and social platform.

L’Appart & Arzu Kaprol
Meeting with Feride Tansug, director L’Appart and Arzu Karpol, Fashion designer. Arzu Kaprol is a Turkish fashion designer. She began her own brand in Turkey 13 years ago. Her feminine and modern style seduced a lot of famous brands and she now designs for Network and Que. One year ago, she launched her first home line. Istanbul Fashion Week 2010.

Santral Istanbul
Santral Istanbul, meet Aysenur Akman, Kazim Karabekir Caddesi 1.

Yüksel Arslan Retrospective”
The exhibition presenting over five hundred of the artist’s works compiled from collections around the world and Turkey, along with supporting texts, photographs and records that explicate the aspects which shape his world of thought, imagination and painting, is curated by Levent Yılmaz with the sponsorship of Garanti Bank. While the exhibition intends to trace and display to the viewers the resources which have influenced the work and world of thought of the artist who lives in Paris since 1961, a panel discussion entitled “Testimonials” will be organised, and “Wednesday Talks” which will host names such as Cevat Çapan, Mete Tunçay and Ferda Keskin will be held throughout the duration of the exhibition. The “Yüksel Arslan Retrospective” to be exhibited in santralistanbul comprises the artist’s pre- and post-Arture works since the 1950s. Works from series “Artur(c)s”, “The Capital”, “An Attempt at Updating The Capital”, “Influences”, “Autoartures”, “Man”, and “New Influences”, a selection from the thousands of drawings he made while creating these series, and documents involving persons who bear importance in the shaping of the his artistic approach and intellectual world (letters, documents and photographs documenting his closeness with Edouard Roditi, Jean Dubuffet, Roland Topor, Orhan Duru, Ferit Edgü…) will be shown together for the first time. Extensive photographs showing Arslan’s working/living space will also be presented within the context of this exhibition.

Reception at The Nederlands Consulaat
Reception at The Nederlands Consulaat, Palais de Hollande, Istiklal Caddesi 197

The Pera Museum
The Pera Museum, meet Ozalp Birol (director) and Begüm Akkouyunlu (curator), Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65, 34443 Tepebaşı – Beyoğlu – İstanbul.
The Pera Museum which opened its doors in early June 2005, is the first step of a comprehensive cultural endeavor that the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation has launched at this distinguished venue in the city for the purpose of providing cultural service on a variety of levels. An historical structure which was originally constructed in 1893 by the architect Achille Manoussos in Tepebaşı (İstanbul’s most prestigious district in those days) and which was, until rather recently, known as the Bristol Hotel, was completely renovated to serve as a museum and cultural center for the project. Transformed into a fully equipped modern museum, this venerable building is now serving the people of İstanbul once again.
The first and second floors of the Pera Museum house three permanent collections belonging to the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation, with the Sevgi and Erdoğan Gönül Gallery on the second floor. The third, fourth, and fifth floors are devoted to multipurpose exhibition spaces. There is an auditorium and lobby in the basement and on the ground floor are the reception desk and Perakende – Artshop and a cafe.

BM Suma, Contemporary Art Center & Hasan Saltik
BM Suma, Contemporary Art Center, Cagdas Sanat Merkezi, Voycoda Cad. Yanikkapi Sok. Suma Han no. 3 Floor 2. Meet Beral Madra. All BM Suma shows are on Flickr. Hasan Saltik (Prins Claus Laureat 2003) will talk about his record label Kalan and Yasar Adanali a collaborator of the Diwan project and co-author of the Istanbul Diwan Newspaper.

Tütün Deposu | Curators meeting
Tütün Deposu (Tobacco Warehouse), Lüleci Hendek Caddesi, Koltukçular Çıkmazı No.1, Tophane.
Curators meeting organised by Basak Senova (curator Venice for Turkey 2009 and director Nomad-tv )

The following curators will participate in the talk:
Basak Senova, Erden Kosova, Pelin Tan, Ece Pazarbasi, Irmak Arkman, Ceren Arkman, Marcus Graf, Asena Gunal, Önder Özengi and
Derya Demir. (for short bio’s see bellow)

Basak Senova
Is a curator and designer based in Istanbul. She studied Literature and Graphic Design (MFA in Graphic Design and Ph.D. in Art, Design and Architecture at Bilkent University) and attended the 7th Curatorial Training Programme of Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam. She has been writing on art, technology and media, initiating and developing projects and curating exhibitions since 1995. Senova is the editor of art-ist 6, Kontrol Online Magazine and one of the founding members of NOMAD, as well as the organizer of ctrl_alt_del and Upgrade!Istanbul. She is the curator of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); currently, lecturing at the Faculty of Communication, Kadir Has University, Istanbul.

Erden Kosova
Is a part-time lecturer in Kadir Has University in Istanbul. He is one of the co-editors of the e-journal Red Thread.

Pelin Tan
Is a researcher/writer based in Istanbul. She completed her Phd. Thesis “Locality as a Discoursive concept in recent Socially Engaged Art Practices” (2009, ITU). Tan, was a guest professor in the Architecture and Urban Studies MA program at the Art Academy of Nürenberg (2008 winter), DAAD granted Ph.D. candidate at Humboldt Univ. (2006-2007, Berlin), guest lecturer at Berlin Technical University – History of Art (2006-2007). IASPIS residency (2008).Her fields of specialization are contemporary art and related globalization issues in context of space production, conflict spaces and architecture. In addition to her academic fields she is extensively involved with alternative art publishing.
She is the producer and editor of Muhtelif contemporary art magazine, co-editor of contemporary art and public space with S.Boynik (Bilgi Univ.Press, 2007). Guest editor of Arch+ Architecture Magazine Istanbul issue (Berlin, 2009), Guest editor of Re-Thinking Marxism (NY, 2010). Book  forthcoming: “Unconditional Hospitality and Threshold Architecture”, (author Pelin Tan,publisher, Disco serie, Germany, 2010). As a writer she contributed books such as: self-service city: Istanbul (b-books); Kulturelle Topografien (Metzler), The [un]common place (Actar), TRACER 1-2 (WdW), FROM/TO – Karl-Heinz Klopf, Mega-Structures Reloaded (H.Cantz), Berlin Biennale Catalogue (2008), Istanbul Biennale Catalogue (2007), Spatial Proudction, Practices and Politics In The Middle East (Moutamarat/Bidoun), Sarai Reader07. Contributed art and architecture journals such as: Derive, E-flux Journal, Bidoun, Untitled, Metropol M, IDEA, Springerin,  XXI architecture, Doxa, arkitera, Graz Architecture Magazine, Betonart architecture magazine, and several others. She co-curated exhibitions and projects: Tracer (2003-2004, WdW / Tent-Rotterdam), “Dwelling as a Negotiation”( 2006-Istanbul), “Lost in Translation” (9.Int.Istanbul Biennale, 2005), “Questioning Alternative Practices” with Anton Vidokle (2006, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul), INURA Istanbul urban workshop (2008, 2009), Innocent Act, Studio Kahem (10.Int.Istanbul Biennale, 2007), Economical/Social Outcome of Urban Transformation (Anadolu Kultur, 2008). Curatorial adviser of SkulpturenPark (Berlin), London Architecture Foundation Istanbul-London Exchange.

Ece Pazarbasi
As co-founder and co-director of ¨cˇu’m„a*, Ece Pazarbasi has up to this day been working as a director, curator and manager of culture and contemporary arts projects. Pazarbasi; has received her MFA degree from Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture of Bilkent Univeristy, Ankara. Currently working as consultant for ADACH (Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage), she has been recently invited to take part in the operational team of TANAS, the project space for contemporary Turkish art in Berlin with the grant from Rave Foundation. She has operated actively in establishing a contemporary Turkish Art collection for the Opymos Collection and New York based Artist Pension Trust Dubai. In the last seven years on and off she has acted as the executive assistant to director of the Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center where she has been assigned on several different freelance projects. Being the assistant curator of the 52nd Venice Biennial Turkish Pavilion (2007), creator and director of the education and festival programme Meeting Point: Gulpinar (2007), creator Meeting Point: Büyükhüsun (2009), curator of CUMA Ertesi activities which is consisted of audio tours, FlashMobs and Istanbul Complaints Choir (2009-2010), project manager of “Orhan Pamuk: Museum of Innocence” that was planned to take place at Frankfurt Schirn Kunsthalle (2007-2008), Contemporary Art Exhibitions Director at Pera Museum (2005-2006) and assistant to director at Proje4L-Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art (2002-2003) have been her recent professional responsibilities.

Nazli Gurlek
Is an independent curator and critic (b. 1981, Istanbul) based in Istanbul. She obtained an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a BA in Painting and Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence. She worked as Assistant Curator of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2008-2009. She is co-founder of the publishing collective IM projects (, and a Board Member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) Turkey. She collaborated with the curatorial departments of Tate Modern for the exhibition Global Cities, and MAMBo – Museo D’Arte Moderna di Bologna for the solo exhibitions Ryan Gander, Building Transmissions and Paolo Chiasera. The curatorial projects among others include A Fine Red Line – Live at 176 Project Space in London, and Multiple Intimacy as a parallel event to the 10th International Istanbul Biennial. Among recent editorial activities are the 2009 Autumn Issue of Circa Art Magazine (guest editor with IM projects), and the publication A Fine Red Line: A Curatorial Miscellany (IM press, in association with International Project Space, 2008). She extensively writes about contemporary art for books, catalogues, newspapers such as Cumhuriyet, and art magazines such as Res, Sanat Dunyamiz, Mimarlik and Art Dubai Journal.

Irmak Arkman
She is the founding member of Kurye Video Organization. After graduating from Lycee de Saint Benoit, she studied Management of Arts and Performance in Bilgi University with a full scholarship. She has been professionally working in different levels and branches of organization sector including concert organization, backstage management, and congress, fair and festival organization. She worked in Kargart as an art and culture director for one season. Lastly, she worked as the Assistant Project Coordinator of Contemporary Art Fair. Beginning with 2005, she has acted as the founding member of Kurye Video Organization -organizing numerous exhibitions, screening and live performance nights in this capacity- and the director of International Karga Video Festivals.

Ceren Arkman
She is the founding member and director of international relations of Kurye Video Organization.  A graduate of Political Science and International Relations, she went on to finish two MAs, one in History and the other in Cultural Studies. She has been working as a professional translator for 12 years, specializing on social science and arts. She also worked as a Teaching Assistant for many years. Lastly, she worked as the project coordinator of Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair.

Marcus Graf
Marcus Graf, (Germany, b.1974) lives and woks in Istanbul since 2001. After studying Cultural Sciences and Esthetical Communication in the Institute for Fine Arts, Aesthetics and Art History at the University of Hildesheim, Germany, he has worked for several institutions of art and culture as a curator, instructor, writer, project manager or artist. He will receive his PhD in 2010 from the Institute of Contemporary Art History, Aesthetic and Art Theory at Stuttgart Art Academy in Germany.
In 2009, he was selected to curate the exhibition Temporary Harassment for Istanbul 2010 – European Capital of Culture. In 2007, Graf was chosen to be the co-curator of the 10th Istanbul Biennial project nightcomers. He was the artistic director of Aviva Art Program (2006 – 2007). Between 2005 and 2007, Graf has worked as the artistic director and curator of the mobile art space Under Construction. He also was the resident curator of the exhibition space Siemens Sanat (2003 – 2007). Since 2003, he is a lecturer at the Fine Arts Faculty of Yeditepe University.

Asena Gunal
Born in 1973, she studied International Relations in Middle East Technical University. She did her MA in the same university in Department of Sociology. Between 1998-2005 she worked as an editor in İletisim Publishing House. She is still working as the publication secretary of a social science journal, Toplum ve Bilim. She finished her PhD in Bogazici University Ataturk Institute, the program of History of Modern Turkey. She analysed state-citizen relations through welfare and health care policies in the Republican era. She is now working as the project coordinator of DEPO/Tutun Deposu.

Önder Özengi
Born in Gümüshane, Turkey, in 1978, lives and works in Istanbul
Ankara University, Faculty of Humanities, Anthropology, 1996 -2000 (not graduated)
BA, Yildiz Teknik University, Art and Design Faculty, Art management, Istanbul, TR
MA, Yildiz Teknik University, Art and Design Faculty, Istanbul, TR

“Imkan Yaratmak” Izmir K2, Izmir, 2005
Isleyen Mekan” Pera Museum, Istanbul, 2007
“I Wanna Hurt I wanna Love” Masa Project, 2008

Curated Exhibitions:
“Being There” Karsi; Sanat, Istanbul, 2007
“Relative Position and Conclusion” Suriye Passage, April 2009

Other Project:
Duvar Project, Yildiz Teknik University, Istanbul, 2007
Masa Project , Istanbul, Since April 2008
The Museum of Innocence, Istanbul, Since March 2009  

Derya Demir 
Galeri NON (, September  2009 – Present, Owner
Galeri Splendid, September 2008 – April 2009, Co-founder
Platform Garanti CAC, March 2007 – July 2008, Assistant Curator
ART ON STAGE, September 2007 – Present, Founder
Studio-Live, June 2006 – March 2007, Event Manager
Balans Music&Performance Hall, August 2005 – June 2006, Project Coordinator
9th International Istanbul Biennial, June 2005 – September 2005, Producer of Phil Collins’s works
The World Won’t Listen and The Return of The Real Istanbul Bilgi University, Online Music Magazine, March 2004– September 2004, Co-editor World of Math Magazine, November 2003 – March 2004, Coordinator
Tagart CAC, February 2003 – November 2004, Assistant Curator

curated exhibitions :
2 galleries-8 shops-1 night club, The Bitch is Sleeping, 19 November – 19 December 2008,
Co-curator with Leyla Gediz Galerist,
You Can’t Kiss Away a Murder, 16 October – 8 November 2008 ‘ Apartment Project,
Individual Utopias, 22 April – 6 May 2008 Ura Project Space,
Lucy, 21 March – 21 April 2008
a real game boy, 15 – 30 November 2007 The Hall, Triangle Project, September 2007
Studio-Live, Art&Gender, March 2007
Istanbul Bilgi University, Daydreamers, September 2004 – April 2005

Istanbul Bilgi University  Management of Performing Arts, 2004 – 2008
Istanbul Technical University  Urban and Area Planning, 1998 – 2003

Part of the day individual appointments.
Trip Istanbul – Lagos.

Committee for Relevant Art (CORA)
Committee for Relevant Art (CORA), meet Toyin Akinhoso and Jahman Anikulapo, Mars House, Plot 43B, 1st Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos.

African Artists Foundation
African Artists Foundation, meet Azu Nwagbogu (director), 54, Raymond Njoku Street, South-West Ikoyi, off Awolowo road, Ikoyi.
The African Artists Foundation provides support to professional artists in Africa through healthcare, a pension fund for aging artists, scholarships for young artists, support for the professional development of women artists, international exhibits and community outreach programs to foster an enabling environment for the development and promotion of public health through artistic endeavours.
Azu Nwagbogu is an international art consultant, curator, art dealer and public health scientist. He serves as AAF Chairman.

Depth of Field (DOF)
Meeting with photographers from Depth of Field (DOF)
Uchechukwu James Iroha (2008 Prince Claus Laureate), Amaize Ojeikere, Kelechi Amadi Obi and Toyin Sokefun Bello and people from Blackbox.

Depth of Field (DOF) Is a photo collective made up of six Nigerian photographers. The collective was founded in 2001 immediately after the 4th edition of the Biennale of photography in Bamako, Mali. The founding members are Uchechukwu James Iroha, Amaize Ojeikere, Kelechi Amadi Obi and Toyin Sokefun Bello. Zaynab Odunsi and Emeka Okereke joined the group in 2003. They live and work in Lagos, but usually travel individually and collectively for long and short-term projects abroad. The aim of the collective is to portray their environment through different perspectives. In other words, looking at the society through six different eyes, and then combining these views together to form a whole. Furthermore, DOF seeks to find a meeting point between the everyday reality of the society and the creative language of imagery. Their approach usually mingles between conceptual photography and documentary.

Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos (CCA,Lagos)
Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos (CCA,Lagos), meet Bisi Silva (director) 9, McEwen Street, Sabo, Lagos, Nigeria.
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA,Lagos) is an independent non-profit making visual art organisation set up in December 2007 to provide a platform for the development, presentation, and discussion of contemporary visual art and culture.
CCA, Lagos will prioritize new media and experimental visual art practice such as photography, animation, film and video, performance art, and installation art, which have been under-presented in contemporary Nigerian artistic practice.
It will present a diverse programme of exhibitions, workshops, talks, seminars, performances and film screenings. CCA, Lagos will focus on Nigeria and the West African Region in addition to collaborating with other African and international organisations, artists and curators.
CCA, Lagos consists of an art space and a visual art library.
Contribute to the development and professionalisation of artistic production and curatorial practice in Nigeria and the West African region. Collaborate with artists, curators, writers, theoreticians, organisations and institutions nationally and internationally.

Jazz Hole
Jazz Hole, Lagos, Nigeria, 168 Awolowo Road Ikoyi, Head west along Awolowo Rd from the Falomo Bridge where it crosses from Ikoyi to Victoria Island.+234 (0) 1 480 5222.

The Ben Enwonwu Foundation

The Ben Enwonwu Foundation,  meet Oliver Enwonu (director), 24, Ikoyi Crescent, Ikoyi Lagos.

Through exhibitions, education and public debate, our mission is to:
· increase the global perception and appreciation of modern African art;
· create opportunities and encourage research into new forms of artistic expression while improving  the livelihood of artists in Africa;
· investigate and determine how art and culture can be employed to shape and contribute positively to society. (PCF supported the 4th Ben Enwonwu Annual Lecture in 2007)

Mainframe, meet Tunde Kelani (director), 16, Seinde Callisto Crescent,Off Charity Bus Stop, OSHODI, Lagos.

Ijodee Dance Company
Ijodee Dance Company, Adedayo M. Liadi, Artistic Director/Choroegrapher
Office/Studio Address: Rm 2, Block 4, N.C.A.C,Artistes Village, National Theater Annex,Iganmu.

Mydrim Gallery
Mydrim Gallery, meet  Mrs. Simidele Ogunsarya, 74b Norman Williams Street, South-West, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Diner with people from the local scene.

Trip Lagos – Bamako

Soleil d’Afrique
Soleil d’Afrique, meet Hama Goro, close to Place Can, Rue de l’Hotel Koutena (ACI2000).
Soleil d’afrique is an artist association dedicated to artistic and cultural exchanges that are destined to promote young Malian visual artists. By emphasizing the accomplishments of young Malian artists within Malian border and abroad, Soleil d’Afrique aims to better their living conditions while allowing them to concentrate on the quality of their art.
Since ten years, Soleil d’Afrique is devoted to the promotion of Malian art in general and young Malian artist specifically. Through the creation of a center and by offering certain tools to young artists the association has enabled many to better develop their art, has permitted them to discover and be discovered through national and international workshops, trainings, exhibitions, and conferences. This is the main objective the Center strives to continuously achieve and surpass.
Soleil d’Afrique is a unique actor on the Bamako, if not Malian, cultural scene.  It offers the fertile grounds that are necessary for artistic conception and creation. Furthermore, the interaction with individuals and institutions located beyond Mali’s borders is continuously sought out, as intercultural exchange is considered to be decisive factors in the renewal of ideas and the resolutions problems common to many societies. Also, for young artist, an opening on to the world can bring new sources of inspiration as well as new sources of revenue.
In 1999, with the financial assistance of the Prince Claus Foundation, Soleil d’Afrique opened its doors. Offering a space for cultural exchanges, artistic encounters and the exchanges of ideas, the center has permitted the stimulation of artistic creation in Bamako and Mali.  Also with the support of its partners and in collaboration with Rain/Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Holland), The Ministry of Foreign Affaires and of Cooperation of Holland, the Arts Collaboratory programme, Hivos, Mondriaan Foundation, DOEN Foundation, the Embassy of Holland in Mali, IICD, Africancolours and the Ministry of Culture of Mali, Soleil d’Afrique was able to organise and accomplish many activities.

Centre de la Bande Dessinée
Centre de la Bande Dessinée de Bamako, Seynam Georges Foli, Baco Djicoroni ACI, rue 565, porte 1852, BP:E 5070 Bamako, Tel: (00223) 76 39 26 62 | 65 90 59 00.
The Centre de la Bande Dessinée is the result of the activities of promotion of comics and drawing lessons started in 2002 by the Atelier BDB. The BD Centre in Bamako is a place of work, creation and formation for comics drawers who want to make of develop a career. The Centre has three main axis:
1) Promotion, with a place of formation and work. With the help of professional drawers, it organizes cultural and educative activities related to comics (salon, exhibition etc…)
2) Creation, with the collaboration of professional artists. They work on projects of edition of comics, exhibitions, and mainly the realization of an educative tool, that will be available to the public, on the awareness of a given theme.
3) Diffusion for the visibility of authors and their creations. The Centre participates to comics exhibitions and meetings to present works made by drawers. The public will then be able to by their books, either with the BD Centre or with the editors.
Those three axis are in progress, especially the third phase.

Aida Duplessis
Aida Duplessis and Diane Néné FASO KANU – BP E 365 – Bamako – Mali
Aida Duplessis is a textile designer living in Bamako, she mixes organic cotton with natural fibres such as vetiver and uses natural dyes. She insists that all her products are chemical free. She is also a regular exhibitor at Paris Maison & Objet . Aida works with interior designers and intends to implant ‘Made in Mali’ worldwide.

Le Djenne
Le Djenne, meet Aminata Traore Missira I Rue 08 Porte 1039, Bamako, 00.223.20213082

DAY 10
Festival Rencontres du coton
Festival “Rencontres autour du coton
Chô, dans la région de Koulikoro, où l’Association Routes du Sud appuie et accompagne 150  productrices de coton biologique. Contact: Awa Meita
The association’s goals are the following:
– To encourage the production and processing of organic cotton, involving women.
– To consolidate experience and create new jobs in the various sectors of the industry and for women.
– To promote high-quality local products more effectively throughout Africa and across the globe whilst at the same time re-educating the attitude of African consumers so that they can contribute towards their country’s economic recovery.
– To make the festival “Rencontres autour du coton” an annual meeting point in Mali for designers, producers, craftsmen and buyers of high-quality African products made from organic cotton.
– To encourage support for artisanal creativity and African designers from the textile industry, drawing on local knowledge and know-how.

DAY 11
National Museum of Mali
National Museum of Mali, meet Samuel Sidibe (director).
Today the National Museum has a collection of 6,000 pieces made up essentially of objects of ethnographic and archaeological interest, a photographic collection with estimated holdings of some 40,000 black and white prints and 12,000 slides, a tape collection of 500 audio cassettes and 300 video cassettes, of which fifteen are documentaries. Apart from a number of musical instruments, which survived previous numerous moves and poor conservation conditions, the traditional musical instruments, exhibited during the 1978 Biennial, constituted the first musical heritage collection of the Museum. The major part of the Museum¹s musical heritage holdings, however, was established as a result of the Musical Heritage Study and Collection Project, which, through five years of fieldwork, assembled 150 musical instruments and accessories, 274 audio cassettes, 121 hours of video recordings, 5,472 black and white prints and 5,904 slides.

Fondation Seydou Keita
Fondation Seydou Keita, Alioune Bâ,

Conservatoire des arts et métiers multimédia
Conservatoire des arts et métiers multimédia, meet Abdoulaye Konate (director and artist)
Koulouba, BP. 159 – Tél. + 223 20 22 02 17.
Le Conservatoire des Arts et Multimédia Balla Fasséké Kouyaté est un  établissements d’enseignement supérieur, qui assurent la formation artistique et professionnelle de créateurs dans le domaine des arts plastiques, de la musique, de la danse et des métiers multimédia. C’est un établissement public à caractère scientifique, technologique et culturel, doté de la personnalité morale et de l’autonomie financière. Il à son sein un Conseil d’Administration. L’école  a une capacité d’accueil maximum de 300 étudiants.

Abdoulaye Konaté
Abdoulaye Konaté studied painting in Bamako, Mali and then Havana, Cuba. He later combined his painting skills with installation work to make a powerful commentary on political and environmental affairs. In the 1990’s he took up one of the great issues for West Africa – the encroachment of the Sahel. Since the millennium, his work depicts another – the devastating effects of AIDS on society and on individuals. His questioning of the political, social and economic scenes in contemporary Mali is evident in how AIDS, wars, ecological issues, human rights, globalisation affects all aspects of life and individuals within society. Much of his large scale work is textile-based, a medium which is more readily available than paints. Abdoulaye Konaté has worked as a graphic designer at the Musee National in Bamako and in 1998, he was appointed Director of the Palais de la Culture. He is now Director of the Conservatoire for Arts & Media in Bamako. He has received several awards and in 2002, he received the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mali and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France. Abdoulaye Konaté was born in Diré, Mali in 1953 and lives and works in Bamako, Mali. Recent exhibitions include Documenta 12, 2007 and Africa Remix, Contemporary Art of a Continent in 2005 at the Hayward Gallery, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf.

DAY 12
Individual appointments.
Flight back home.


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