In 2009, Wilfried got contacts to Nisrine and Abir Boukhari, two sisters who had founded “All Art Now” an art organisation in Damascus/Syria, who organised in 2009 the first video art Festival.
They invited Wilfried to present a selection from his latest CologneOFF Videoart Festival – CologneOFF V – Taboo! Taboo! in the 2nd videoart Festival All art Now 2, and because the collaboration was promissing, they agreed another collaboration in 2011. But now the tragic part of the whole begins, because after all preparations were made the War in Syria started and escalated forcing the two art sisters to escape from Syria, by leaving the country, and , of course, the 3rd videoart festival never was taking place in Syria. This article would like to express Wilfried’s deep empathy with all victims of this horrible war – inviting the reader to pause for a minute!
Today in 2010, All Art Now Festival is running already the second day, and today in 2011 when actually the next festival was supposed to start in Damascus, CologneOFF 2011 has its premiere in Tampere Finland at Arteles, an art organisation dealing with art residencies, on 26 & 27 May, and on 28 May at Rajatila Gallery, all organised by Pekka Ruuska, who also prepared for CologneOFF 2011 a curated contribution of Finnish videoart. In 2017, Wilfried agreed another collaboration with the Tampere based art organisation Videokanava providing another curated selection of Finnish videoart, this time curated by Simo Sakari Saarikoski, so there are two art hotspots in Finland – Turku and Tampere – in Wilfried’s audio-visual art activities.
It is quite a big jump from Syria cross-over Europe to Tampere in Finland
The old Tampere Art Museum – there will be a new one soon