European Mediterranean Art Association (EMAA) –
By Heidi Trautmann
It is for the 9th time that a President for the European
Mediterranean Art Association (EMAA) was elected. It is again Osman Keten, who
has been President before for a period of two years. Osman Keten is a member of
the first hour and has been contributing throughout all the years and stood by
the side of the other presidents who were Nilgün Güney, also founder and 1st
President, Zehra Sonya, Özgül Ezgin.
I have been with them and have followed their activities over
the years throughout hard times because lack of financial support and good
times because of exciting activities and projects. It is to say that all the
members of board have given their entire dedication and personal involvement to
the cause of the arts in Cyprus. Young members are coming forward and will add
to the meaning of the art association.
Zehra Sonya who was its last president has now taken over the
duties of Vice President, the treasurer is Münever Tantura and Eser Keçeci
takes over the secreterial job.
Support will be given by active members Sinem
Ertaner, Ozan Özgenler ve Uğur Bahçeci olurken, İpek Denizli, Necla Özoğul, Naz
Atun and Erman Karagöz.
New members of the board are: Emete İmge, Münevver Özakalın, with
the back-up of Mustafa Erkan and members
of the Disciplinary Group are: İnci Kansu, Hazal Yolga, Erman Karagöz, with the
back-up of Ziynet Eğitmen.
will be the future course I was asking Özgül Ezgin and where lies your
responsibility, in what way are you involved?:
“Actually I am more involved than ever now, I am running the Centre as its
Manager coordinating the projects and kind of managing all the international
issues with regard to EMAA. I did not stand up for elections as board member to
avoid conflicts of interest but I attend all meetings and take part in decision
Right now, we
have very interesting projects on our agenda; there is the EU-funded project "Confrontation
through Art", a project I am the coordinator of. It runs under the heading “Contemporary Art as an Instrument for Reconciliation in
Our first international artist workshop starts ın the week of 9-18 of
February ending with an exhibtion. Two Cypriot artists are taking part, we have
just finished the selection.
At the end of February we have an artist called Canan coming in for 2 days
of seminar on Feminist Art from 26-27th Feburary.
In mid February we will announce the
second open call for the Young Artist Development programme for the age group
of 34 and under, its execution will be
in March, 10th to 19th.
And for summer we will have again activities
in the villages with children and youth. We just started the preparations. All
these are within the framework of the "Confrontation through Art"
We are also collaborating with the
Urban Gorilla NGO from the South for the "Inflatable Bubble- Green
Urban Lab” project that is due in March inviting for interactive creativity
and proposals. More detail on https://www.facebook.com/events/336765743175127/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
I also plan to get the members more involved in the activities and in the
decision making process. That requires to sit down individually with the
members and get their feedback, it is to introduce some fresh creativity and energy.”
I wish EMAA, its President and members luck and cooperation from
all sides and the support they deserve.