Since 2014, Maria, Nil and Güngör we have been working together to share our love of nature with the name For the Love of Bee! . In this journey, we came together with different age groups and disciplines to raise awareness about Bees; Our project has grown organically like the cells of a honeycomb. We cooperated with different artists, institutions, associations. We are excited to develop this awareness effort in the artistic field and to be able to include many people.
Nil İlkbaşaran is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in participatory art projects , site specific installations with the intention of instigating a dialogue on everyday issues and revitalizing people’s relationship to a place. She is interested in practices that bring together art and citizenship, as well as practices that create parallel communities unlikely to be established by other means. Nil lives and works in the Netherlands since 1997. Her artistic practice came to be following several years of managerial posts in the retail sector. She received her BA in Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (2013) and MA in Art Praxis at the Dutch Art Institute (2016) in the Netherlands. www.nililkbasaran.com
Güngör Erdem, employs ecological art that combines a lifestyle close to nature and creativity. He has been active in art production and exhibition since 2006 in Sinop, Turkey. Within the scope of Sinopale, the International Sinop Biennial, Erdem has organized several art events and conducted workshops including glass blowing.
Maria Sezer, a Dutch artist living in Turkey, completed her MA in 1980 and her doctorate in 2004 at Mimar SInan Fine Arts University in Istanbul. She has been lecturing in Robert College and in Işık University. Her works, observing nature taking the bee to the core, took place both national and international exhibitions. A beekeeper herself, she has broadcasted a program series titled "Propolis" in Acik Radio in 2015. Sezer was a co-organiser and a tutor of workshops in the Kids and Youth Art Biennial in 2016.