|History of Mirca||
The Mirca group was established and formed by four artists around a breakfast table in the hotel of Mirka Brzozowska; Budy Lucienskie, Poland on May 2, 2007. It was a good breakfast consisting of polish sausages, tomatos, ham and scrambled eggs. The name "Mirca" was a tribute to the generous hostess.
The Mirca group's first basic purpose was really about having great breakfasts with good friends, painting, doing photography and excellent exhibitions. With an increasing number we find that we are able to make a difference on matters of our interest.
The Mirca group is of course politically independent and non-religious, also:
- The Mirca Art
Group is free association of artists, united by simple but powerful values;
tolerance and respect.
In the beginning of 2008 the Mirca Group was introduced on the internet art site artmesh.org where it started to grow in membership. This is also the starting point of Mirca getting organized and departing from the idea of pure entertainment.
In February of 2008 the group membership took action with the first protests against the imprisonment of Aung San Suu Kyi of former Burma. Bulletins, 7 of them, were sent to media and embassys, demanding the freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi.
In October 2008 the book Freedom & Art was created by Carla Goldberg with 74 Mirca Artists participating in support of Aung San Suu Kyi.
November 2008: a Mirca exclusive exhibition is created in Skogas, Stockholm, including 7 Mirca members
In December 2008 Mirca membership reach the 300 mark. This is also a period of some turbulence within the group. Some members want to make business from the group, including membership fees. These members later loudly leave and try to splinter the group.
In January, 2009 the Mirca school project is started where young people from countries; Australia, Germany and Malta learn from eachother.
February, 2009: A Mirca exclusive exhibition is created in Beacon, NY, including 52 Mirca members.
In March, 2009 there are 400 members in Mirca.
In May, 2009, the anti-vanity project is started where a number of Mirca members protest against the vanity galleries making business on artist's fees rather than actually selling art.
In October 2009 membership reach 500 members.
December 2009: Mirca Art Group moves to a new portal. Reason is that the old place artmesh.org was having technical problems and a rapid slowing down of traffic. In two years Mirca reached a level of 518 members which was an artmesh record for a group of this kind.
In March 2010, Planet Earth Planet Art is released, a book created by Mirca member Bruce Rimell involving the works of 95 Mirca members.
April 2010: Mirca show in Capetown, South Africa; for human rights
In May 2010 There is another move because of platform changes, this time to Facebook.
In June 2010 a list of good, real art galleries is created, based on information from members. This work is continuing, the list of galleries will expand and it is called MAGG (Mirca Art Gallery Guide)
In Sep 2010 a selection of Mirca artists meets in Cologne, Germany. See documentation
July 2011: Mirca Tour for Human Rights show in Malta, University of Malta. Including 70 Mirca members. See documentation
July 2012: Aung San Suu Kyi receives a copy of the book Freedom & Art.
This is where it started
The friendship and atmosphere experienced during this week in 2007 in Poland will live with the Mirca Group also in the future.