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A DIFFERENT PLANE Intro       Pagina en Español       PHOTO GALLERIES: Karantina, Artists and Guests, Excursions, Exhibition

QUARANTINE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL ART CAMP
Organized by Ozlem Kalkan Erenus and Feryal Taneri

photo provided by Ozlem Kalkan Erenus
Far right- Top Row (3 standing): Istvan Balog, Safa Bute, Turksal Ince
2nd row (standing from left to right): Linda Buller, Dioszegi Biro Lona, Artan Balaj, Mary Sherman, Ekin Erman, Ralph Brancaccio,
Yannick Frank, Dimitar Velichov, Igor Cvacho
3rd row (sitting from left to right): Ilkay Önsoy, Thuraya Al-Baqsami, Pirjo Heino, Milagros Melendez, Lojze Kalinsek
Tuncay Topçu, Feryal Taneri, Sefa Ulukan, Mountassir Chemao, Oleh Nedoshytko, Murat Altin, Reyhan Abacioglu
Bottom (sitting on the ground, left to right): Ozlem Kalkan Erenus, Dimitrios Ameladotis   Names of all participating artists

The rich history of Quarantine Island takes us through the island's many transformations such as, what has been suggested, being a safe haven for Clazomenians that moved their city to an island just off the coast away from encroaching Persian armies, to being used in the fight against infectious diseases during the Ottoman period. In 1865 the French named the island the quarantine facility.

For us, the island was hostess and was the site for the exhibition of paintings, sculptures and installations of more than forty artists worldwide.

     
Each artist was required to prepare three works for the exhibition; these were my contributions

Although I've visited some very interesting places and met some beautiful people in those locales, what makes Quarantine Island so special to me is the reason for me being there. This was my first journey as an artist whose sole purpose was to work, to create for the duration of my visit; sleeping, eating, excursions.. these things were all secondary. Each artist was required to prepare three works for the exhibition; each was provided with basic materials-- painters were provided with basic paint supplies and three canvases each; sculptors some stone... anything special that we required for our work was for us to bring.

What could have easily been a disaster having more than 20 artists from various cultures on this tiny island-- worked out beautifully. For the most part, I found that everyone coexisted harmoniously with little to no problems. With the deadline approaching however, stress levels became more apparent in a number of ways; many became more withdrawn; some, more emotional; the shifts moods were often subtle but very clear; the creative energy was undeniable.

The island, situated in the Aegean Sea embraced her visitors and for a short time, was home to a charged environment of inspiration that in turn inspired me a great deal; here, I found my kindrid spirits that for a long time will continue to inspire me.

PHOTO GALLERIES:

PHOTO GALLERY 1- Karantina Adasi
PHOTO GALLERY 2- Artists and Guests
PHOTO GALLERY 3- Excursions and Recreation
PHOTO GALLERY 4- Exhibition

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