10.Th International Symposium of Modern Art
D. Fleiss / East – West artists
From August 2nd - 9th 2008, Carei, Romania
The D.F. & E.W.A. (Dorothea Fleiss & East West Artists) project crystallized between 1997 and 2000 as a transnational private initiative in the field of contemporary visual arts, which led to the foundation of the Dorothea Fleiss & East West Artists International Association in Stuttgart, Germany, where I live. Its major artistic and sociocultural objective consists in: - the actual achievement of an international artistic environment by virtue of cooperation through specific means and implements. That is, through: - symposiums; - summer academies (thought to be held mainly in the castle of Carei, Romania); - yearly grants for 2 or 3 young Romanian artists; - colonies and workshops; - international contemporary art exhibitions; - art critique symposiums; - publishing art catalogues; - gathering universal contemporary art collections, either public (such as the Contemporary Art Museum "D.F.&E.W.A." in Heze, Shandong Province, China, 2002), or private.
Since its establishment, the Association's projects have been contributed to by over 610 artists, art critics and historians, managers, art gallery owners, and specialists in the cultural-artistic and organizational field, coming from 36 countries of Europe, the East, Africa, Asia, America.
Along its 10 years of existence, thanks to all the artists and experts whose skills it involved towards completing its projects, the Association has acquired a comprehensive and dynamic transnational profile confirmed by the works and activities of artists from Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, France, Romania, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Moldova, Turkey, Serbia, the United States of America, China, Malaysia, South Korea, Argentina, Inner Mongolia, India, Liban etc.
We, Dorothea Fleiss and several other artists founded the group “d.fleiss & east-west artists” in January 1998. The purpose of our group is to establish a working basis for the cooperation between artists from eastern and western countries. Our aim is to encourage and to improve the cultural and the artistic exchange between outstanding artists originating from different historical backgrounds, defined by eastern and western countries, respectively. A great impact to achieve this aim is granted by artists from all around the world being in close contact to each other and to our group. With the participation of western and eastern artists in symposia held in the East or in the West these artists will contribute to create a broader understanding of the contemporary arts in the respective part of the world.