‘Art Speaks Diversity’ Art Exhibition
Yunus Emre Institute, Vienna
The “Art Speaks Diversity” exhibition at Yunus Emre Institute brought together 15 artists from around the world and prominent guests from the art and diplomatic world. Some of the artists had been nominated by the Embassies of Colombia, the Philippines, and the Dominican Republic for their globally-acclaimed work. This resulted in a mix of art mediums and styles, including: miniatures from Uzbekistan, exquisite augmented reality paintings by Mr. Norlito Meimban, a grand photography expose “La Linea Negra” by Mr. Jorge Gamboa, inspired by Colombian indigenous peoples, and colorful life-sized portraits by Mr. Jerson Jimenez, nominated by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Vienna. The exhibition also featured symbolic Red Cross costumes made by youth from different parts of the world.
The evening of interplay between art and diversity was concluded by a panel discussion. ICDO was honored to have a host of eminent speakers at the podium: H.E. Ümit Yardim – Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Austria, H. E. Lourdes Victoria-Kruse – Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Austria, H.E. Maria Cleofe R. Natividad – Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines in Austria, Mr. Raymond Nader – Chairman of Committee at VIC Art Club, Ms. Maria Helena Botero – a representative from the Colombian Embassy in Austria, Mr. Jerson Jiménez – an artist from the Dominican Republic, Mr. Norlito Meimban – an artist from the Philippines, Mrs. Joanna Mann – co-curator of the art exhibition and Ms. Josipa Palac – President of ICDO and co-curator.
“Truly, art knows no boundaries,” said H. E. Natividad, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines. “A good work of art may be a cause of interesting dialogues between audiences.”
Guests also enjoyed freshly-brewed traditional Turkish coffee, provided generously by the Institute. The art exhibition was arousing success, bringing hundreds of visitors to enjoy artworks of prominent artists from New Zealand to Colombia.
Visitors were also able to enjoy the presentation of symbolic costumes made by the youth of different nationalities who had participated in a program organized by the Red Cross.