Five Years InEnArt

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in Events, Voices


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  • 2013 - Inauguration of InEnArt with the Cootie Catcher
  • Gezi Protests - Standing Man
  • Organization of the first Three Sided Footbal Match in Turkey
  • New Utopias - Micro Nations
  • Searching Traces - Workshop Series with migrants and the host communities
  • Participants of the Mahalla Festival in Istanbul dedicated to culture in transition


The InEnArt team wishes all friends and supporters a good 2018. The InEnArt online platform and its sub-domains (Senses of Time, StreetWalking and the Mahalla Festival) were founded in December 2012 and exists now since 5 year. We thank all of our followers for their support during this period.

Since 5 years we are creating and publishing articles and events about cultural approaches and creative developments mostly from the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

In 2013 we created the largest online archive about the creative expressions during the Gezi protests in Istanbul; follwoing the Gezi park protests the InEnArt team organized the first ever Three Sided Football match in Turkey in the frame of the Istanbul Biennial 2013.-

The InEnArt team was always reflecting cultural search of identity in areas of cultural alienation either due to repression, displacement and the need for personal expression. With our platform Urban Voices we are reflecting new creative efforts and discuss future utopia of life beyond borders which still exists within nations, gender, religion and ethics.

Since 2014 we prepared under the title Searching Traces on behalf the Goethe-Institut Istanbul an extensive workshop program with migrants and host communities in Turkey reflecting the living situation in exile. It became its own video channel within our video magazine StreetWalking.-

Within the frame of parallel events of the 15th Istanbul Biennial were organized last year the Mahalla festival dedicated to migration, exile and cultural identity with the participation of 25 cultural initiatives from 16 countries from Europe and beyond. In 2018 we are preparing the second issue of the Mahalla festival in Malta.-

Just to name a few examples of our activities during these five years.

The archive of the InEnArt database offers you the opportunity to improve your knowledge about art and culture and follow new innovations in the cultural field. To test your knowledge you can visit the quiz section of the InEnArt platform and have fun.

We thank all participants and followers for their contribution during these five years.


Monument at Brandenburger Tor

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in Displacement, Drifting, Events, Voices


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Installation with three buses by Syrian artists Manaf Halbouni at Brandenburger Tor, Berlin. In Aleppo, a similar barricade of three bus wrecks had been erected 2015 as a screen in front of snipers. A symbol of the madness of the Syrian civil war … buses with which citizens should go to work, students to university as a barricade against the enemy. The artwork came under criticism after a photograph suggested that the buses in the Syrian city, which had been destroyed by the civil war, had originally been set up by the Islamic terror group Ahrar Al-Sham.

But does it change the symbol of the installation?

Responsible for the presentation of the installation is the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, which annually receives around ten million euros in grants from the state of Berlin. On behalf of the theater, the German army had brought the monument with low-loaders from Dresden to Berlin in April. Here it is now until the 26th of November in front of the Brandenburg Tor.

Manaf Halbouni left Syria 2009 2 year bfeore the revolution.

The temporary installation was opened in the presence of artist Halbouni, Gorki Theater co-director Shermin Langhoff and the patron of the action, Berlin’s cultural senator Klaus Lederer.

The sculpture “Monument” was on the Dresden Neumarkt from February to April 2017. There it triggered massive protests. Supporters of the right-wing populist “Pegida” movement and the far-right identity movement saw in the Aleppo buses a provocation. In their view, this was a distraction to the commemoration that commemorates the bombing of the capital of Saxony during the Second World War on 13 February each year.

An overview in the foyer of the Maxim Gorki Theater informs about the backgrounds and the reception of “Monument”. There will be an open artist talk with Halbouni on 17 November in the Lichtsaal in the Palais am Festungsgraben, Berlin. The sculpture will remain in front of the Berlin landmark until the 26th of November.

17.11.17 : Artist Talk about the Installation “Monument” at Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin 


Drawings of strength and sadness

Written by Sabine Küper on . Posted in çapuling, Seen Beyond, Topography of Memory, Voices

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  • Tarın Tolunay, Lawyer Betül Vangölü Kozağaçlı is doing defension
  • Tarık Tolunay, "Ahmet Şık 'The actual terror organization is under this roof'"
  • Tarık Tolunay, The court case against Journalists from the daily "Cumhuriyet"
  • Murat Başol, Semih Özakça
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  • Tarık Tolunay, Court case of Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça
  • Zeynep Özatalay, Ezra Özakça, Semih Özakça's wife
  • Zeynep Özatalay, Semih Özakça

Murat Başol, Tarık Tolunay and Zeynep Özatalay are part of a group of Cartoonists, who are following central political court cases in Turkey.

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