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KurdîLit: Network for Kurdish Literature and Publishing in Turkey

KurdîLit: Network for Kurdish Literature and Publishing in Turkey was designed by Diyarbakır Arts Center, Lîs Publishing House, and Literature Across Frontiers as a first step in a number of planned projects that aim to strengthen the visibility of Kurdish literature.

BAK: Revealing the City through Memory Exhibition at Amed Art Gallery!

The Diyarbakır exhibition of BAK: Revealing the City through Memory project will open at Amed Art Gallery on 16 April 2016. The exhibition will be on view until May 8.

BAK: Revealing the City through Memory Exhibition at Istanbul DEPO

The Istanbul exhibition of BAK: Revealing the City through Memory project, realized with the participation of 24 young people from 10 cities across Turkey, will open at DEPO on 4 March 2016. The exhibition, comprising 6 video and 5 photography works will be on view until April 10.

Kino 2015 German Films Program was in Diyarbakır

Organized by Goethe-Institut and German Films, Diyarbakır edition of Kino 2015 German Films Program is realized in cooperation with Diyarbakır Arts Center between 26 and 28 November 2015.

BAK: Revealing the City through Memory participants came together in Diyarbakır on 23-29 May 2015

The second workshop of BAK 2015 took place in Diyarbakır on 23 – 29 May 2015, with the participation of 24 young people from Balıkesir, Batman, Çanakkale, Diyarbakır, İzmir, Mardin, Muğla, Şırnak and Urfa.

The Secret Life of Stories: Visualizing Children’s Stories through Object Theatre

The Secret Life of Stories took place between 2-11 December 2014 in Diyarbakır and Çanakkale.

Open Call for BAK: Revealing The City Through Memory 2015 has Ended

July 2014 - June 2016 Aydın, Balıkesir, Batman, Çanakkale, Diyarbakır, İzmir, Mardin, Muğla, Şırnak, Urfa

Exhibition: Never Again! Apology and Coming to Terms with the Past

"Never Again! Apology and Coming to Terms with the Past” exhibition will be opened in Diyarbakır between 4-29 June, 2014 in Sümerpark Amed Arts Gallery

Final exhibition of BAK: Revealing the City through Memory will be on view in 5 cities

BAK: Revealing the City through Memory presents its final exhibitions in 5 cities from January t0 March 2014.

The Fire and The Wedding Video Exhibition

The Fire and The Wedding video exhibition takes place between 20 January-5 February 2013 at Sümerpark Amed Gallery with a forum and panel on forced migration.

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Exhibition: Never Again! Apology and Coming to Terms with the Past

Exhibition: Never Again!  Apology and Coming to Terms with the Past

Issues around the past have increasingly become a topic of discussion in the political and social spheres both in our geography and at other places in the world in recent years. Confronting the past and the demand for apology is the major point of controversy in this discussion. 

Confronting the past is not a predicament that befell Turkey; it is an issue on the world's agenda, a universal cause. This is why looking at comparative international case studies from around the world will contribute to transforming the culture of forgetting in Turkey and acknowledging that a remembering culture that would restore a sense of justice is a part of the civilization process. In this respect confronting the past and apology is also about what kind of a society we want to live in and the kind of shared future we want to build.

The exhibition "Never Again!: Apology and Coming to Terms with the Past" aims to explore experiences of coming to terms with the past and the act of apologizing in scope of societies' efforts to constitute a common culture of democracy from a relational perspective. Looking closely at eight cases from around the world, the exhibition contemplates how states have come to terms with past rights violations, massacres, genocide and crimes of humanity, and the meaning of the issued apology.

In addition to the specifically presented case studies, the exhibition also includes a comprehensive map of the official apologies issued up to date. This special project realized in consultancy with Elazar Barkan and Graham G. Dodds and visually designed by designer and artist Mahir M. Yavuz, explores official apologies via the relation of the historical context and given space.

Two books were also published in scope of the project. The catalogue, which is a complementary volume to the exhibition, can be obtained free of charge from Depo throughout the exhibit. The second volume, titled Never Again!: Apology and Coming to Terms with the Past, comprised of texts examining the case studies presented in the exhibition in detail and featuring contributions by authors and academicians working on issues of confronting the past, has been published by İletişim Publishing.

"Never Again! Apology and Coming to Terms with the Past” was opened in DEPO, Istanbul on October 24th, 2013 and in Izmir on 2nd of May, 2014 and attracted tremendous attention both from the audience and the press. Exhibition will be opened in Diyarbakır between 4-29 June, 2014 in Sümerpark Amed Arts Gallery. Later, the exhibition will meet with the audience in Ankara and Samsun.

Project coordinators Asena Günal (editor), Önder Özengi (curator), Özlem Yalçınkaya, Kubilay Özmen

Case texts Mehmet Sinan Birdal, Derviş Aydın Akkoç

Academic consultant Elazar Barkan

List of official apologies Graham G. Dodds

Exhibition design Sarper Takkeci

Exhibition and catalog graphic design and application Fevkalade

Prodüksiyon Ahmet Aküzüm

Data mapping Mahir M. Yavuz

Video editing Sevgi Ortaç

Photo edit Derin Korman

Translations Irazca Geray, Liz Amado, Barış Yıldırım, Aslı Çetinkaya, Aylin Ülçer, Çiçek Öztek, Balca Ergener, Bedirhan Muhsin Aybar

Exhibition design application Şantiye Destek

Photo prints DAKA A.Ş.

Folio prints 3T Reklam

Print Mas Matbaacılık A.Ş.

"Never Again!: Apology and Coming to Terms with the Past", is a joint project of Open Society Foundation and Anadolu Kültür.

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