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MAM Rio – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro 
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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:

→ Pinar Öğrenci, artist and architect, MARS Istanbul, Turkey
→ Didem Özbek, artist and designer, PiST/// Istanbul, Turkey


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.