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Displacement Under the Pandemic:
Due to the pandemic, the yearly-run Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival in Cyprus has launched its online platform to digitize documentation in the performing arts, leading up to the festival in December 2020.
In May this year the Berlin based artist Susanne Bosch was invited to the Villa Massimo in Rome for a seven-week practice scholarship. The artist wanted to be as soon as possible in Rome. But in her case, the movement from Berlin to Rome in the previous style did not seemed adequate for several reasons. She explains and describes her reasons to cycle.
The question “Are you still here” is one frequently exposed to the artists and curators Sabine Küper-Büsch and Thomas Büsch by locals, friends and family in these days. They are answering with a Video produced in the Tramvay between Kabataş and Sirkeci in Istanbul.
Tune in for this live set from sound artist Hello Psychaleppo presented in partnership with MARSM. In this Living Room Session, Hello Psychaleppo will play tracks from his latest album Ya Turur, along with new compositions.
The Villa Romana is hosting the African Diaspora Cinema Festival online, whose vision is to raise awareness about African Cinema, its vast potentials and the socio-economic impact it has not only on African economies but gradually expanding to other parts of the world’s economy as well.
The Berlin based Meyer Riegger Gallery is presenting the work of painter and installation artist Franz Ackermann entitled “Die Scheune/The Barn”. This outdoor project is visible on the facade, turning the gallery inside out and giving to see a disoriented space, which fits perfectly in times indetermination.
Seeing the current unclear situation regarding the management of COVID-19 in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the documentary “Art Beyond the Divide” retraces the steps and actions taken by groups of youth, artists and local initiatives in Cyprus, a country with ongoing problems of its kind, where arts serve as a tool against politics.
For Yasin Baran the pandemic times have been a moment to observe and approach his environment from a different perspective. The Turkish photographer from Istanbul gives us insights into a city which has been emptied of its usual “craziness”, colours and living-together.
Artist in residence in times of COVID-19: Learn how the artist in residence in Istanbul – Wilhelm Scherübl – is dealing with the COVID-19 restrictions and learn how you can participate into a virtual art production.
On the 1st of January 2020, the Austrian artist Franz Amann started a three-month residency in Istanbul supported and organized by the Austrian Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport. Two weeks before the end of his project, the global COVID-19 pandemic broke out and forced him to leave the city, leaving behind some traces of an unfinished trajectory.
The Istanbul based art initiative arthere stands together in the time of crises, arthere 3D printing workstation are working full capacity in these difficult days to print masks and face shields for doctors and nurses in need and for brave people serving in super Markets in spite of the risk.