Artists Remake the World
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The Author : Beral Madra

Beral Madra lives and works in Istanbul. Since 1984 she has organized shows for more than 300 local and international artists in her art centres, in other official art spaces in Istanbul, Ankara, Diyarbakır and in Baku, Bari, Berlin, Creta, Huarte, ... [ read more ]
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Partnership :

AICA International

This essay is adapted from a lecture given by Beral Madra during the 50th Congress of the AICA in Paris, November 2017, at the Palais de la Porte Dorée-National Museum of Immigration History. The lecture was part of a day-long event entitled “Everywhere and Nowhere: Migration and Contemporary Art” directed by Marjorie Althorpe-Guyton, General Secretary of AICA Int., and Mathilde Roman, Treasurer of AICA Int.

The AICA, International Association of Art Critics, was founded in 1949 under the aegis of UNESCO, and unites 63 sections and 6 000 members across the world. Each national section takes turns hosting the annual congress, and in 2019 it will be organized by AICA Germany. More information at

With the support of AICA, Switch (on Paper) had released two other publications last weeks from this event rich with diverse perspectives and debates on the situation of forced migration, whose roots and ripples in creation highlight the many issues at stake between art and politics. These three publications, coming from three critics based in Istanbul, Poznan and New York, testify to AICA’s ambition of fostering dialogue between worlds of art that are as multiple as they are globalized.


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18 April 2019

Everywhere and Nowhere, migration and contemporary art

From the very Germanophile definition of Heimat which could be translated as the feeling for homeland and home at the same time, the Turkish exhibition curator Beral Madra analyses relationships between art and immigration and their limits.

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