”Balconnection” introduces balconies as an alternative space for sharing and exhibiting art by bridging different locations through creative practices. The project advocates art as a necessity and a right for the people, infusing societies with momentum for increasing living standards and level of consciousness. With that vision, Balconnection is setting an example to push the art further to the remote areas, creating a bridge between artists and societies.
This year, Balconnection focuses on human relations and on increasing and strengthening sustainable collaborations between artists. Art endeavors who share similar concerns about production and interactions with artists join Balconnection as “Balconsul”, where they have the authority to speak and connect on behalf of Balconnection. When the “Balconsuls” see a new connection opportunity for Balconnection, they decide and negotiate on behalf of Balconnection. The second innovation is “Balcontinuum”, which expresses the development, strengthening, and sustainability of the effect: “Balcontinuum”, which enables artists previously working at Balconnection to propose other artists and to undertake the curatorship of events, ensures the continuity of the existing network and artistic relations. It makes Balconnection part of a large community with all its partners and collaborators.
The activities and locations: ► Murat Savaşkan: Selçuk/İzmir ► Yousef Shajari Aghdam, Curator: Sasan Rad: Kekikpınarı village/Erzincan ► Mahmut Gültekin [Quç: (participatory art)]: Diyarbakır ► Rafet Arslan: Damlacık/İzmir ► Martina Riescher [Merhaba Dünya (participatory art)]: Fossa ve Fonteccio/L’aquila/Italy & Selçuk/İzmir ► The Walk Selçuk Etkinlikleri [Araf (Kolektif Etkinlik: Kenan Aydoğan, Özgür Ceylan, Sakine Kayhan, Azadeh Ramezani Tabrizi, Murat Savaşkan ve Yeşim Kopan / Atkıya Katkı (participatory art) / Children Workshops ve Souvenir Album (Selçuk-Efes Belediyesi İşbirliği ile)]: Selçuk/İzmir ► Damla Gök, Curator: Yekateryna Grygorenko: Karşıyaka/İzmir ► Ali Kanal: Konak/İzmir ► Şule Yiğit: Selçuk/İzmir ► Canan Budak ve Amar Kılıç: Mardin ► Saliou Diop & Youssouf Diallo: Tambacounda/Senegal ► Hazal Kaya: Çankaya/Ankara ► Günseli Baki: Selçuk/İzmir ► Didem Erk: Selçuk/İzmir ► Gökçe Hiçyılmaz: Urla/İzmir ► Serkan Çolak & Sinan Kılıç: İzmir
In 2021, Balconnection project collaborated with “Mordem Art” /Diyarbakır, “Atölye Deneme Art and Ecological Studies Association” /İzmir, “Riabitare con l’Arte LAB 8” /L’aquila/Italy, Good Chance Theater (“The Walk” Project) London/U.K., “Selçuk-Efes Municipality” /İzmir, “Karantina Mekan Initiative” /Izmir, “13m² Art collective” /Mardin, “Bankuba Art” /Tambacounda/Senegal, “Sarı Denizaltı” /Bergama, “Birikim Atölyesi” /İzmir. The valuable contributions of Fatih Yılmaz, Kıvanç Çetin, Özgür Ercan, Aysim Türkmen & Martina Riescher have had a very important role in the project’s success.