Following the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Syria and Turkey on Monday, February 6, and its aftershocks, more than 19,700 people have perished.
Artists and art world platforms are trying to get the art world to help with disaster relief by bringing the art world’s attention and money.
A London creative platform organizes a charity art auction.
In the wake of the tragedy, the UK-based creative platform Open Space Contemporary organized an online art sale. “
“A Turkish AI artist opens a charity cryptocurrency wallet.
Following the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Syria and Turkey on Monday, February 6, and its aftershocks, more than 19,700 people have perished. Homes, historic sites, and important infrastructure have all been severely damaged, which raises many questions about the health and recovery of those who lived through the original disaster. Artists and art world platforms are trying to get the art world to help with disaster relief by bringing the art world’s attention and money. At the same time, charities and non-government groups from all over the world are working to help.
Benefit movie showing at New York City’s e-flux studios
The experimental film Gilgamesh, named after the powerful ancient Mesopotamian hero of the same-named epic poem, will be shown today (February 9) at the New York offices of the art and publishing platform e-flux. In a statement posted online, the organizers said that “all revenues from ticket sales and donations will go towards disaster relief in southeastern Turkey.” Gilgamesh: She Who Saw the Deep (2022), made by the platform’s creator and editor Anton Vidokle and the Turkish sociologist and art historian Pelin Tan, is “a meditation on problems of living, death, friendship, love, and immortality.” The actresses in the movie are all female. They are all part of the Amed Theater in Diyarbakir, a city with a large Kurdish population in the region of Turkey that was most severely affected by the earthquake. The e-flux shop’s earnings are also currently going towards relief efforts.
A London creative platform organises a charity art auction.
In the wake of the tragedy, the UK-based creative platform Open Space Contemporary organized an online art sale. “We have invited talented and generous artists we have worked with, as well as those in our network, to help give a piece for relief efforts,” the organizers write on Instagram. To buy a work, buyers must show proof of a donation to one of the disaster relief groups listed on the platform’s Instagram page. The Charities Aid Foundation, the British Red Cross, the Turkish charity Ahbap, and the Turkish government’s humanitarian aid initiative are all mentioned.
Prints by Prague-based artist Radek Brousil (edition of 30; $250 apiece) and Holly Stevenson’s EYE (2022) (£300) are two examples of sold works. Prints by the British artist Lauren Godfrey (£275, edition of 3) and Tabachin (2022), a clay sculpture by Venezuelan artist Lucia Pizzani, who is based in London, are two examples of works that are still for sale. According to the most recent data from Open Space, 2,450 had been raised as of Wednesday. Artists can still offer their creations for sale. The site’s creator, Huma Kabakci, tells The Art Newspaper, “It is not a race but a marathon, since sadly the harm is huge.”
Opening a charity cryptocurrency wallet is a Turkish AI artist.
Refik Anadol, a Turkish-American new media artist, tweeted this week about starting a fundraising drive for Ethereum. “I hope we can come together and build a strong community in the Web3 community!” says the artist best known for his artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithmic work. As of this writing, over ETH3.7, or approximately $6,000, has been raised. The musician verified that the entire sum would be placed into Ahbap’s cryptocurrency account.