Dutch Art Institute In the institute a focus is maintained on art, but explicitly grants attention to the crossings and interactions with other domains, disciplines, and knowledge. The DAI provides emerging artists, art writers, art researchers and art curators with a two-year English program that enables them to deepen their critical exploration of theoretical, conceptual, curatorial and production aspects of art, both at the forefront and at the fringes of contemporary practice. During the week before the seminar, we will organize the DAI’s yearly Roaming Assembly. Students of the DAI will be hosted in Thessaloniki, and together we will engage with the themes of Syndrome of the Present.
SALT is one of two partner institutions in Istanbul and consists of two buildings located in the city center. One location is a space for exhibitions, film screenings, and symposia. The second building is located in the financial district, which functions as a large video archive and library that is open to the public. SALT is established as a site for learning and debate, it aims to challenge, excite and provoke its visitors by encouraging them to offer critique and response.
Depo is more than an exhibition space. It is a space for critical debate and cultural exchange and the first initiative in Turkey to focus on regional collaborations between Turkey and other countries in the Caucasus, the Middle East, and the Balkans. Apart from its artistic program, Depo addresses the socio-political implications of socially engaged art practices in the region and organizes conferences, workshops, lectures and panel discussions. It also publishes an e-journal entitled Red Thread. Depo aims to become the hub for the initiation and realization of regional art projects. Its activities are meant to provide artists, curators, cultural operators, academics and intellectuals from the region the opportunity to engage with each other’s work and research. On the third floor of their building, a group of researchers is working to track down Kurdish political prisoners and activists who have forcibly disappeared. The patron of Depo is Osman Kavala, who supports a few other artistic and educational activities.
The State Museum of Contemporary Art – has two locations: one is located in the northern part of the city and is home to one of the most significant Russian Avant-Garde Collection outside of Russia: the Costakis Collection. This collection includes 1.275 masterpieces of prominent Russian Avant-Garde artists. Displayed works from the collection rotate periodically. The second space of the museum ‘Warehouse B1’, is located at the Port of Thessaloniki. This location houses the museum’s temporary exhibitions. The museum is also the commissioner of the Thessaloniki biennial and in 2017 the museum’s curators are responsible for the curating of the biennial. The museum organizes our relation to the Yeni Camii (New Mosque, a place of worship for the Dönme community), the space that will be used for the seminar. They also aid with the logistics and spaces for the Roaming Assembly of the DAI in Thessaloniki.
The National Theatre of Northern Greece is currently the country’s largest theater and cultural organization. It comprises of four winter venues, two open-air theaters, and also organizes Greek and international tours. It functions as an active cultural core since 1961.
Bard College seeks to realize the best features of American liberal arts education, enabling individuals to think critically and act creatively based on a knowledge and understanding of human history, society, and the arts. Founded in 1860, Bard has built a reputation as a place of innovation in higher education and a force for the rebirth of intellectual thought in public life.
Galit Eilat is the recipient of the Keith Haring Fellowship for Art and Activism, Bard College in 2017-2018. The Keith Haring Fellowship is a cross-disciplinary, annual Fellowship for a visiting scholar, activist, or artist. Eilat teaches and conducts research at both the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College. Her courses will partly engage with the aims and themes of Syndrome of the Present.
The Municipal Art Gallery of Thessaloniki, founded in 1966, is housed in the building of Casa Bianca, at the junction of Vas. Olgas 180 and Them. Sofouli str. At Casa Bianca, a preserved monument of Thessaloniki’s recent architectural heritage, a typical example of early 20th century eclecticism, temporary exhibitions and other cultural events are presented on the ground floor and the courtyard, a part of the Gallery’s permanent collection on the first floor -including the collection of paintings of Nikolaos Gyzis-, and a part of the Gallery’s Prints collection on the attic.
Exhibitions and other cultural events are also organised, presented or hosted by the Municipal Art Gallery in two other major monuments, the Yeni Camii, at the Archaeological Museum Street 30, a mosque built in 1902 by the Italian architect Vitaliano Poselli, for the Dönmeh community, a group of Jews who had converted to Islam in the 17th century A.D., and the Alaca Imaret, the multicolored poorhouse, a 15th century Ottoman mosque, at Kassandrou 91-93 street.