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

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

October 2012 – March 2014

 Batman, Çanakkale, Diyarbakır, İzmir 


BAK: Revealing the City through Memory is a cultural collaboration and artistic production project realized with the participation of young people from four cities in different regions of Turkey. The aim of BAK is for young people from cities and regions that are distant from each other to get to know each other and the different areas they live in; and it enables young people from Batman, Çanakkale, Diyarbakır and İzmir to work together to record the stories of these cities in film and photography projects.

Participants were determined by an open call made to young people aged 18 to 26 interested in video and photography and living in Batman, Çanakkale, Diyarbakır and İzmir, and during the project met in these cities for three training and workshop sessions. At these meetings, the participants received training on photographic and video documentation methods, and also on the relationship between the city and memory; and went on to carry out interviews enabling them to get to know the city and its people, and produced their own photography and video projects in groups. The works produced at the workshops are now presented within the framework of an exhibition and screening program in Istanbul, Diyarbakır, İzmir, Batman and Çanakkale.

Workshops

140 young people applied to the project upon the open call announced in January 2013 in Batman, Çanakkale, Diyarbakır and İzmir. Following the interviews, 24 participants were selected from the four project cities; 5 participants each from Batman and Çanakkale, and 7 participants each from Diyarbakır and İzmir.

The 24 participants met in Diyarbakır and Batman for the first workshop on 20 – 24 April 2013, and received training on photographic and video documentation methods, and also on the relationship between the city and memory. They formed research groups in two and went on to carry out interviews enabling them to get to know the city and its people, which will be the basis for their photography and video projects focusing on the different levels of city and memory.

The second workshop of BAK was realized in Çanakkale and İzmir on 22 – 28 June 2013. In this workshop, the participants developed their photography and video projects focusing on their research subjects, got to know the cities Çanakkale and İzmir and participated in the activities realized within the scope of BAK. 11 project groups started working on their projects after the workshop. Focusing on city and memory as a theme, the projects are about different topics focusing on the present condition of public space and cities, proposing us to take a new look at the memory of the city via places and sounds, and approaching issues that have left a mark in social history via personal stories.

After two workshops held in Diyarbakır-Batman and Çanakkale-İzmir, the shooting and production stage was finalized in July-September 2013 and post-production started in October 2013. The participants met in Diyarbakır for the third and last workshop on 29 November – 4 December 2013. The project groups and advisors worked together on the post-production of photography and video projects during this workshop and finalized the projects for the exhibitions.

The works produced at the workshops are presented in an exhibition and screening program in Istanbul, İzmir, Diyarbakır, Çanakkale and Batman on January – March 2014.

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Exhibitions

İstanbul

DEPO  

24 January – 16 February 2014

Opening:

23  January 2014  Thursday 18:30

Diyarbakır

Sümerpark Amed Art Gallery

8 – 26 February 2014

Opening:             

8  February 2014  Saturday 15:00 

İzmir

French Cultural Institute

22 February  – 16 March 2014

Opening:

22 February 2014 Saturday 18:00

Batman

Batman Youth and Culture Center

1 – 16 March 2014

Opening and Film Screenings:

28 February 2014 Friday 19:00

Yılmaz Güney Cinema Hall

Çanakkale

MAHAL   

22 March – 13 April 2014

Opening:

22 March 2014 Saturday 17:00

Partners and Supporters

Workshop programs within the project, coordinated by Anadolu Kültür ve Diyarbakır Arts Center, were designed and organized in collaboration with Geniş Açı Project Office (GAPO) ve docİstanbul – Center for Documentary Studies.

Established in 2007, docIstanbul - Center for Documentary Studies is a non-profit training, research, policy and networking center based in Istanbul, focused on all facets of non-fiction film-making, past, present and future, with a particular emphasis on the development of the understanding, appreciation and indeed production of the creative documentary film in Turkey.

http://docistanbul.blogspot.com

Geniş Açı Project Office (GAPO) was founded at the beginning of 2007, based on the experience and expertise of Geniş Açı Photography Magazine, which was published between 1997-2006. GAPO is an organizational and curatorial team working in coordination with both national and international art institutions to organize exhibitions, workshops and educational programmes and publish books, as well as providing advice for photographers, coordinating traveling exhibitions and parallel events, and giving advanced level lectures in the field of photography.

http://www.gapo.org

The BAK project was funded in part with the support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, the Consulate General of Sweden and the U.S. Mission to Turkey.

For their collaboration and contributions to the BAK project, we would like to thank Nikon – Karfo Karacasulu, Sigma – Foto Pro Photographic Materials, Erkayalar Photography, Diyarbakır Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality Sümerpark Social Center and Amed Art Gallery, Diyarbakırevi, Mona Coffee House in Diyarbakır, Batman Culture and Art Association, Batman Municipality Yılmaz Güney Cinema Hall, Governorship of Batman Youth and Culture House, Çanakkale Mavitay Children’s Culture House, Çanakkale Mahal, Çanakkale Yalı Hanı, Çanakkale City Museum and Archive, İzmir French Cultural Institute, İzmir Ekonomi University, İzmir Tepekule Bookstore, Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform, Nar Photos, Bir Zamanlar Publishing House and İstanbul DEPO.

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