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Turkish artists put artwork up for sale to benefit COVID-19-related causes

'This is an opportunity for art lovers to buy award-winning artwork and also donate to a cause,' says artist Selva Ozelli

Handan Kazancı   | 13.06.2021
Turkish artists put artwork up for sale to benefit COVID-19-related causes


Five Turkish artists will donate proceeds from the sale of their artwork to coronavirus-related causes after holding their first in-person show in Istanbul since pandemic restrictions in the country were eased.

“Our ‘Give to Corona Art Show’ is an in-person art show held at Pinelo Art Gallery in Istanbul featuring 20 paintings by five artists,” Selva Ozelli, one of the artists taking part in the show, told Anadolu Agency.

“The artists will donate the sale proceeds from their artwork to coronavirus-related causes. This is an opportunity for art lovers to purchase award-winning artwork and also donate to a cause,” she said.

The exhibit is open through June 17.

“For the past pandemic year, after holding digital art shows at numerous UN events and other leading platforms around the world that spread awareness of climate change, artists Semine Hazar, Fatma Kadir, Selva Ozelli, Ilhan Sayin, and Ismail Soysal are holding their first in-person art show,” she added.

Alongside their in-person art show in Istanbul, the artists are also holding digital art shows at various UN events, including World Environment Day on June 6, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD.Int) Digital Art Shows, World Oceans Day on June 8, the Oceanic Global Art Show, and World Desertification and Drought Day on June 17, she said.

‘Green recovery from pandemic’

“We are a group of artists who set out to raise awareness of a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic through our artwork,” Ozelli explained.

“A sustainable green recovery plan from the pandemic necessitates understanding the links between climate change, health, biodiversity, and inequality, and implementing ambitious climate change policies, which align with the (2015) Paris Agreement,” she said, referring to the landmark treaty to fight global climate change.

The agreement entered into force in 2016 and has been adopted by over 190 parties, aiming to curb global warming compared to pre-industrial levels to well below 2, preferably 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“The UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. More important than ever, these goals provide a critical framework for a COVID-19 green recovery," Ozelli said.

The 17 art shows curated by Ozelli for the “Decade of Restoration” campaign reflect these themes. These art shows contain paintings that were acknowledged in numerous UN art competitions and have been exhibited at UN events and conferences around the world," she added.

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