21 02 2021

ISSA Milestone: Member Countries hit 50 as Colombian Sculpture Symposium joins ISSA

Recently, the Barichara International Sculpture Symposium joined the International Sculpture Symposium Alliance(ISSA). It also became the 50th official member of the ISSA global initiative.

The Barichara International Sculpture Symposium originally started in 1994. The J.M.D Foundation commissioned Colombian sculptor Carlos E. Rodríguez Arango to be the director of this year's event. With the support of Carrara based Japanese artist Yoshin Ogata and Costa Rican artist Aquiles Jiménez, 32 international sculptors are scheduled to create permanent public sculptures over the span of 20 days.

Barichara is a city with a tradition of stone carving, where red sandstone could be sourced locally.

For various reasons, the symposium was held only once prior to 2021. Over the years, the organizers have sought to continue the event. After nearly 30 years, the "First International Underground Sculpture Symposium" was officially launched in the The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá.

Due to the pandemic, the symposium has been postponed to April 2021.

The 50 countries and regions where ISSA symposiums are based include:

Europe: Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Romania, Serbia, Albania, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Cyprus.

Asia: China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Nepal, Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Turkey.

Americas: United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia

Africa: Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Kenya.

Australia: Australia, New Zealand.