Who’s to follow?
Symposium on art from Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria

11 – 12 December 2004

De Appel, Amsterdam

Ami Barak, Direction des Affaires Culturelles de la Ville de Paris,
Maria Rus Bojan, curator, Amsterdam,
Saskia Bos, director of De Appel, Amsterdam,
Mircea Cantor, (artist), Paris
Banu Cenetoglu, (artist), Istanbul/Amsterdam
Boris Danailov, (curator) director of the National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sofia,
Plamen Dejanoff, (artist), Sofia
Ann Demeester, director of W139, Amsterdam,
JP Greff, director of the School of Fine Arts, Geneva,
Dimitri Konstantinidis, director, Appolonia,
Vasif Kortun, director of Platform, Istanbul,

Thomas Michelon, Ambassade de France aux Pays Bas,
Stefan Nikolaev (artist), Sofia/Paris,
Ebru Özseçen (artist), Istanbul/Amsterdam,

In December 2004 the symposium ‘Who’s to follow?’ will take place with the purpose of mapping out and getting familiar with the artistic landscape of the three EU candidate nations: Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. The historical and cultural relations between France and Romania, and between The Netherlands and Turkey were the departure point for Who’s to follow? The program will bring together prominent figures that play an important role in the local cultural climate, as well as artists and curators that have established themselves in another European country, specifically France and The Netherlands.

Through discussions, film screenings and artist presentations Who’s to follow? aims to promote the exchange of ideas and the possibility of durable projects and collaborations between all parties involved. The goal of this colloquium is to create links between the artistic scenes in these nations, with those in France and The Netherlands.

Central figures of each country practicing in the field of art are invited for round-table discussions, with the purpose to discuss and exchange insights on issues concerning recent developments in the field of art, education and the prospective future of Europe.

During these meetings “Guest nation” three artists will participate – each from one of the EU candidate nations in question – who have chosen to establish themselves and their practice within the borders of Europe. Each artist will present their work and personal experience as a topic of discussion during a short presentation of thirty minutes. The selection of videos that will be presented will display the works of young Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish artists. By means of a thematic programming, the aim is to reveal the special character of the artistic practice of these misunderstood countries. In a separate space documentation will be available for those interested in further information on the artistic climates of these pertinent countries (magazines, catalogues, books, etc.)



Saturday 11 December 2004

11.00 – 12.15: Round-table discussion (1) ‘Recent Developments’

Introductory discussion to present a survey of the recent developments in each of the three EU candidate countries. A prominent figure of each country will give a short presentation with video material. During the round-table these presentations will act as a departure point for further discussion.

– Vasif Kortun, director of Platform, Istanbul
– Boris Danailov, director of the National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sofia
– Maria Rus Bojan, curator, Amsterdam
– Saskia Bos (chair of the discussion), director of De Appel, Amsterdam

12.30 – 13.00: video (1) presented by Vasif Kortun

14.00 – 14.30: guest nation (1) ‘Meeting with Mircea Cantor’

Born in 1977 in Romania, Mircea Cantor has been living and working in Paris since 1998. He has gained attention due to projects such as Nulle part Ailleurs (Traversées, ARC, 2001) and Double Head Matches (Forwart, Bruxelles, 2001). Mircea Cantor is also active in the field of graphic design and editions (Version Magazine).

14.30 – 15.00: video (2) presented by Boris Danailov

15.00 – 16.15: Round-table discussion (2) ‘Future of Europe’

The question ‘What does the European framework specifically have to offer artists and other practitioners in the field of art in Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey?’ plays a central role in this discussion. What methods and tools of collaboration and association have to be created that do not exist as of yet? How can problematical issues between Europe and these candidate nations be reduced that exist due to cultural specificity, varying administrational traditions, unequal circumstances in which art is practiced and the explicit incomparable social and economic conditions in which artists live and work? Does the future for these candidate countries lie within the domain of Europe, while other regions may be seen as competitors?

– Dimitri Konstantinidis, director, Appolonia
– Ami Barak, Direction des Affaires Culturelles de la Ville de Paris
– Thomas Michelon (chair of discussion), Ambassade de France aux Pays Bas

16.30 – 17.00: guest nation (2) ‘Meeting with Plamen Dejanoff’

Plamen Dejanoff is a Bulgarian artist. He is one of the most prominent artists of his generation that focuses on the economical processes/effects of the art world.


Sunday 12 December 2004

10.30 – 11.00: video (3), presented by Maria Rus Bojan, Bucharest/Amsterdam

11.00 – 11.30: guest nation (3) ‘Meeting with Banu Cenetoglu’

Banu Cenetoglu is a young Turkish artist, resident at the Rijksakademie voor beeldende kunst from 2002 until 2004. Her photos and publications have been presented at various international expositions such as the last biennale in Berlin (2003).

11.30 – 12.45: Paris/Amsterdam/Istanbul/Sofia/Bucharest ‘Organizing a network, and building a network through educational programs’

The matter of dominant images and the manner in which French and Dutch professionals view the Romanian, Bulgarian and Turkish field of art is a central topic in this discussion. The vision and approach of French and Dutch professionals will be analyzed from the perspective of participants from the three countries in question, who will also give their vision on the cultural models of the European nation-states. Specifically, projects will be discussed and analyzed – from the biennale of Istanbul to other definite projects realized by curators and directors of institutions – and not exclusively the social, intellectual and/or practical networks that have emerged in the recent past.

– Ebru Özseçen (artist) , Istanbul/Amsterdam
– Stefan Nikolaev (artist), Sofia/Paris
– JP Greff, director of the School of Fine Arts, Geneva
– Ann Demeester (chair of discussion): director of W139, Amsterdam