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MAM Rio – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro 
© Vicente de Mello

SAHA supported Pınar Öğrenci and Didem Özbek’s participation in the CIMAM conference 2013.

In 2013 CIMAM’s annual conference New Dynamics in Museums: Curator, Artwork, Public, Governance is hosted by MAM Rio, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro. Rather than on the question of what museums represent, the focus of this year’s conference is on who the agents of representation are.

Pınar Öğrenci, founder of the Mars Istanbul and Didem Özbek, co-founder of the PiST /// Interdisciplinary Project Space have been invited to this year’s conference, which took place in Rio de Janeiro on the 12 – 14 August 2013. SAHA supported artists’ participation in the conference by covering the participation fee, travel and accommodation expenses.

Travel Grant Program

CIMAM’s Travel Grant Program allows professionals from underrepresented regions and from smaller institutions to attend CIMAM’s Annual Conference. Since 2005 the program has awarded a total of 147 travel grants that have been generously supported by the Getty Foundation, Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (FC/CPPC) or The Open Society Foundations – Budapest. Since 2012 the British Council also supports the attendance of professionals from across the UK to participate in CIMAM’s annual conferences.

SAHA Association has awarded travel grants to attend CIMAM 2013 Annual Conference to:

Pınar Öğrenci (1973, Van) uses various media in her artistic practice, including photography, video, film, performance and installation. Her works address subjects such as migration, war, forced displacement, collective movements, nationalism, cultural assimilation and urban transformation.
Her works have been exhibited widely at museums and art institutions including at TenstaKonsthall Stockholm (2018), Jewish Museum Hohenems (2018), KunstHaus Wien-Hundertwasser Museum, 2017; WKV Stuttgart, 2017; the Istanbul off-site project for Sharjah Biennial13, 2017; Angewandte, Vienna, 2016; MAXXI Museum, Rome, 2015-6; SALT Galata, Istanbul, 2015-6; De Las Fronteras Biennial, Tamaulipas, 2015; Sinop Biennial, 2014; Çanakkale Biennial, 2014 and Depo, Istanbul, 2014. Her Virst solo exhibition abroad was realized at KunstHaus-Hundertwasser Museum in Vienna, “A Gentle Breeze Passed Over Us” in 2017. She is the founder and organizer of MARSistanbul.

Didem Özbek is an artist and Co-Director of PiST/// International Project Space, in Istanbul. She gained her MA in Communication Design at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London. She develops conceptual art projects and works with installation, performance, limited edition artist book and printed material that enables the participation of the audience. She has shown in numerous spaces such as Umetnostna Galerija Maribor (2006), Frieze Art Fair (2008), Museo Madre, Napoli (2009), The Armory Show (2009), Tate Modern (2010), and the Asia Triennial Manchester (2011). Ozbek lives and works in Istanbul.


CIMAM, International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art, is an international forum of professional character for the discussion of theoretical, ethical and practical issues concerning the collection and exhibition of modern and contemporary art.

CIMAM currently has 521 voting members from 78 different countries. The first CIMAM Annual Conference took place on July 5th 1962 in The Hague. Since then the Committee has celebrated 46 conferences that have been held in over 30 different cities around the globe. CIMAM’s Annual Conference has become an important meeting point for contemporary art professionals and an essential resource for the collaboration between museums, visual art professionals, artists and other institutions concerned with contemporary art.