OUT OF THE STORM FOR SYRIA AND TÜRKIYE EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
Out of the Storm was originally an online show organized in 2020 by Duncan Robert Anderson and Charles Browning. The intent was to comment on the distressing circumstance of the moment with the overlapping Trump and Covid eras. The world wags on and it seems there is a constant storm of tragic events bombarding us. Of particular note for us has been the recent catastrophic earthquake affecting Syria and Türkiye. As artists, as citizens of a distant and vastly privileged country, what can be our contribution to impact misery on this scale? Art is our gift and our currency. Acknowledging that nothing we make is going to dispel this suffering, we have realized we will keep making work anyway as an act of hope. With Out of the Storm, our goal is to use our individual networks to amplify our voices: to connect to a broader audience and do what we can to ameliorate this tragedy. “Crisis fatigue” is a real thing, but perhaps this benefit will offer encouragement to some to participate who might not have otherwise.
The title of this site suggests that we can emerge from the “storm,” whatever that may be. However, we know from experience that there is always another coming over the horizon. The other meaning is that we are shaped by our experience: that our interaction with the world transforms us, as we in turn read the world back to itself through art.
On this site all the works are for sale. The artists have been asked to donate a minimum of 50% of their sales to these suggested charities:
Syrian American Medical Society sams-usa.net
Turkish Philanthropy Funds tpfund.org
Doctors Without Borders doctorswithoutborders.org
The charities chosen were done so via charitynavigator.org, as well as advice from people close to the situation on the ground. Some of the artists may choose to donate more than 50%, or the entirety of the sale. They may donate all of the sale to one charity, or apportion it to all three. They may also choose other charities to donate to. Some have also discounted their prices for this benefit.
To purchase work please contact the individual artists through their information on the Contact page.
Our profound thanks go out to the artists participating in this benefit.