Our third artist for Art Edition 4 is Ilhan Sayin. He was previously featured during Art Edition 2, where his works were displayed alongside that of Ismail Soysal. Ilhan’s paintings have also been featured in various UN initiatives and beyond. His work has emphasizes upon Climate Change and Environmental issues. We are delighted to share his interview and several more of his artworks.
What are you working on now?
Recently, I launched my second solo art show “Spring Amidst Mist and Masks” as part of Tired Earth’s #Maskuary campaign. This campaign is supported by the CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, the Institute of International Knowledge Management (TIIKM) as well as Pinelo Art Gallery artists Selva Ozelli, Fatma Kadir and Semine Hazar.
The #MASKUARY campaign aims to raise awareness about the environmental pollution caused by the single-use plastic face mask disposals and the risk of contamination and infection it creates. The launch of the #Maskuary Campaign art shows will take place at 2021 London Climate Action Week with the support of the CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change. These art shows will also be a part of TIIKM’s Fine Art & Humanities Conference that will take place on September 21-22, 2021, which has a theme of “Health in the Arts and Humanities.”
Paintings in my two solo art shows have been selected in the:
- United Nations World Unity Art Contest
- United Nations Global Goals Art Contest
- Tired Earth #Maskuary Campaign
How has this year been so far, what worked well, and what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?
I have been channeling my energy positively into artistic expression, and launched two solo digital art shows during the first half of this year. So far this year, my art shows have been exhibited at:
- The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change Hong Kong;
- 7th Session of Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development;
- 7th Asian Pacific Adaptation Forum;
- 2021 EU Africa Business Forum;
- 2021 World Wetlands Water and Oceans;
- 2021 Earthday.Org;
- 2021 World Migratory Bird Day;
- 2021 World Oceans Day 2021 Art Gallery – Oceanic Global;
- 2021 The Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week;
- 2021 World Environment and Oceans Day – Pinelo Art Gallery;
- 2021 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought;
- Give to Corona Art Show, Pinelo Art Gallery;
- 2021 London Climate Action Week;
- 2021 Fine Arts and Humanities Conference TIIKM.
What do you hope to express in your “ “SPRING AMIDST MIST & MASKS“ and “FLOWERS OF THE DESERT” art shows?
The inspiration behind my art show ‘Spring Amidst Mist and Masks’ is to lend support to Tired Earth’s #Maskuary campaign, which is raising public awareness about the disposal of single-use plastic mask and its impact on the environment as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.
As for my art show “Flowers of the Desert”, the inspiration here is to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification, the human-caused degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. This show also aims to draw attention to the fact that desertification occurs because dryland ecosystems, which cover over one third of the world’s land area, are extremely vulnerable to overexploitation and inappropriate land use. I am also trying to raise the awareness that poverty, political instability, deforestation, forest fires, overgrazing and bad irrigation practices can all undermine the productivity of the land.
What are your plans for the future?
I hope to continue making environment-themed artwork and exhibit them at the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) and UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).
Please tell our readers how they can find out more about you and your work.