The Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean was founded in 1984, with the aim of connecting young European and Mediterranean artists for a periodic meeting in the main cities around the ‘mare nostrum’. After the prelude of Tendencias (1984), the city of Barcelona hosted the first edition of the Biennale in 1985. On this occasion, the Associations and Institutions which took part in the event decided to found an International Committee, to help co-ordinate their common work.
The International Association of the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean (BJCEM) was founded on July 2001 in Sarajevo, replacing the International Committee and pursuing the same aims.
The BJCEM Association is structured as a network, connecting (up to September 2003) 60 entities from 19 countries, located mostly in the Mediterranean area.
The organs of the Association are the General Assembly, composed of delegates from each member, and the Board, composed of delegates from each country.
The Association is represented by a President and a Secretary General. An operational office supports the Secretary General in his work.
The BJCEM Association was born to strengthen the relationships between ministries, cities, institutions and cultural associations of the Euro-Mediterranean area, with the common aim of promoting the creativity of young artists. ‘The association wants to enhance their cultural and expressive product, and to make their access to the international market easier through the creation of meeting points, exchange, reflection and education about the reality of contemporary art’ (extract from our statute).
BJCEM is a wide network and promotes cultural relationships beyond political and geographical borders. The Biennale presents a concept of Europe and the Mediterranean that seeks to unify countries of this through the promotion of continuous relationships and mutual work.
The Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean in 1985 the city of Barcelona hosted the first edition of the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean. After the 1985 Barcelona Biennale, during which artists from six different European countries met together with guests from Balkan and Arab countries, the succeeding Biennali took place in Thessalonika (1986), Barcelona (1987), Bologna (1988), Marseille (1990), Valencia (1992), Lisbon (1994), Turin (1997), Rome (1999), Sarajevo (2001) and Athens (2003).
Throughout these years, the Biennale has come to be considered the most important Mediterranean event focused on young creativity, featuring artists from 18 to 30, with cultural production divided into sections like: architecture, comedy, cinema, video, graphic arts, industrial and communication design, photography, literature, gastronomy, music, theatre and dance.
In the last years, a series of events have been organized to promote the concept and contents of the Biennale, such as Anteprima rock (1990) and Anteprima Teatro (1992) both in Turin, Rotte Mediterranee in Alger in 1990, and Six Workshops in Sarajevo in 1998.
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