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Third culture was the title of the large-scale project that EU-MAN planed in the year 2001, but for some reasons we could not implement it then.

Anyway we, as usual, do not give up at all, we try now for a year, contact and do work hard with many organizations to reach to some agreements and solution about this project.

So, we are going to implement it, for our 10th anniversary, which will take place on February the 11th 2007 in the Cable Factory, Helsinki and for almost three months in the City Museum of Nurmes in Finland as well.

We are looking forward to have this exhibition project in other places, in some other European counties, but that depends on our work and on our budget of course.

We also agreed with our member Sadik Kwesh to design the catalogue that will appear for the exhibition. The catalogue will consist of articles written by the artists and by professional art critics about our movement and what migrant art and artists affect life in Europe .

The catalogue will be a great document for the participating artists and for the migrant art movement in general in Europe .

Professional jury will take the responsibility to choose the participants and EU-MAN has nothing to do with it except the administration work and the fund raising.

Members are invited to send their proposals to the EU-MAN.
Accepted participants should be:

• EU-MAN members

• Sending CV, 10 pictures/slides or CD of the proposing artwork

The artwork should be:

• On the theme given for the exhibition and the participant should write the theme of the work, at least 200 words

• Sending the material no later than 15th of May 2005.

• Sent material will not be retuned to non-accepted participants

• EU-MAN will take responsibility for all the transportation

Migrants face the crisis of being between two cultures, his original one and that of the new society that he lives at.

Migrant artists' problem may be even harsher as the artist is a suffering soul by nature, let alone being a reflection of his society. Once this society with all its values change by immigration, the problem emerges in the artist's mid and the crossroad starts to appear not very far from his eyes.

This cross road drives the artist to choose one path and leaves the other courses out, but which one he should take.

The artist stands “in between” and creates his own space in his spot, he is not the artist who was carrying his original culture before immigrating, but he is not totally a new person either.

This was the starting point in thinking of “Space in between” as a theme for the 10th anniversary for EU-MAN that will be in 2007.

EU-MAN is an organization that is dedicated for migrant artists and it is their suffering thermometer while they are thinking of their artistic output.

How can an artist produce an artwork out of his situation as a migrant in a different society? The answer might not be that easy. It might take a lifetime for a person to succeed in allocating him/herself or re/allocating him/herself, if we want to be more precise.

Another question might be inevitable here, will this theme be applicable? Could it really bring some ideas about?

Standing in between means that the migrant is not carrying his original culture only any more, but he is not completely one of those who carry his new society's culture.

He/she is carrying both cultures on his/her shoulders and this would bring new ideas and thoughts in the artist's mind. I'd like to invite all the migrant artists to dig their minds up and transform their ideas into lines and colours that can express their stand in the space in between two worlds.



EU-MAN European Union Migrant Artists' Network
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Phone: + 352 40 5546896
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