FC: ABOUT SEBA UGURTAN | ENGLISH EDITION
1: FIRST INTERNATIONAL IZMIR BIENNALE 4 - 11 MAY 2011
2: “I realized that I would not die when I in fact die if I spoke through the silent but powerful language of art to make my words heard by others.” This belief kept me strong and gave me the power to survive during my fight against cancer. I believe that art is not only the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects or environments but also something that ignites the joy of living in people’s hearts while endowing them with the ability to empathize with each other irrespective of their nationalities, cultures and religions.
3: For this reason, it is crucial for societies to support and relentlessly get involved in the organization of all types of art events and activities in order to keep the uniting and inspiring spirit of art alive while contributing to world peace. The number of art events and organizations that take place in a society is considered one of the best indicators relating to its level of cultural development and its enthusiasm to endorse the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of speech.
4: A major international art event carries the potential to provide the host city or country with global recognition while contributing to economic development. In fact, this has been our principal motive when we embarked on this road of organizing the first international biennial of Izmir. With the participation of around 400 people from 34 countries, we now hope to prove the capacity and potential of Izmir to host a worldwide event while providing our share of support in promoting its unique cultural, historical and natural richness to the outside world.
5: Our ultimate aim is to turn Izmir into a world-renown city of arts and culture. We truly hope that 1st International Izmir Art Biennial would help us to achieve this end and be the first of many to come in the future. We thank everyone for their generous and sincere support in making this event possible. Seba Ugurtan General Director 1st International Izmir Art Bienniar “Art is the only language that cannot be silenced.”